In loving memory of

Esther Clemens
January 31, 1928 - March 8, 2019

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Esther Clemens, 91, of Muscatine, passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019, at home.

A funeral mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Kenny LaRue, Steve Bowen, Troy Williams, Scott McConnaha, Denny O'Neil Jr., Jay Graham. Honorary Pallbearers will be Fred Hurlbut, Denny O'Neil Sr., Ralph Brewer, Joe Clarke, Tom Sharar, and Gene LaRue. Burial will take place in Holy Cross Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the local Special Olympics or the American Cancer Society. Online condolence:

Esther was born on January 31, 1928, in Bennett, the daughter of Elmer and Verna Paul McQuillen. She married Edward Clemens on November 9, 1959, in Rochester, Minnesota. He preceded her in death in 1980.

She owned and operated Miller Furniture Store in Muscatine and was a member of Ss. Mary and Mathias Parish. She was an avid Cubs and Hawkeye fan. She enjoyed traveling, going to her grandchildren's sporting events, spending time with friends, and being with her family.

Those left to honor her memory include her sons, Michael Clemens and wife, Connie, and Craig Clemens and fiancé, Joelle McConnaha, all of Muscatine; seven grandchildren, Cassie Clemens, Catherine Arceo and husband Edwin, Amber Clemens and Mariah Witsman, Nick Clemens and wife, MacKenzie, Amanda Clemens and fiancé, Alex Bradley, Emily Clemens and fiancé, Matt Wieskamp, and Ashley Clemens; one great grandson, Andrew Rife; and one sister, Jane Gronert and husband, Norris, of Cedar Rapids.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, her son, Mark Clemens in 1992; her sister Joyce McQuillen, and two brothers, Wayne and Lyle McQuillen.


Shawn Baars wrote on Mar 13, 2019:

"Thoughts and Prayers to the Family of Esther. The Baars Family Shawn, Tyler & Whitney"

John Bryant wrote on Mar 11, 2019:

"I am glad I got to know and spend some time with Esther traveling to games with her and Craig. Wanda and share your loss."

Paul and Kay Temple wrote on Mar 11, 2019:

"Mike, Connie and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. You are a special family and your experiences,care, and love for each other will help you through this."

Denise Ness wrote on Mar 11, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss. The Clemens house was the place to be during middle school and high school. Great memories! Prayers to the family."

John Carlson wrote on Mar 10, 2019:

"We have lost a great person. Esther was a 2nd mom to many of us during our high school years. She will be missed and we will keep the entire Clemens family in our prayers."

Grace Steckman wrote on Mar 10, 2019:

"So sorry for your loss. I remember my son, Tony, used to ride with Esther and Craig to Emily"s sporting events. I know you will miss Esther but pray your memories of her will bring you comfort. Sincerely, Grace Steckman"