In loving memory of

Clara Belle Kalkofen
November 27, 1926 - March 13, 2023

Clara Belle "Granny" Kalkofen, of Summit Lake, died on March 13, 2023 at Friendly Village Nursing Home in Rhinelander. She was 96 years old. She was born on November 27, 1926 in Summit Lake, a daughter of George and Emma (Riemer) Diemel. She married Howard Kalkofen on June 26, 1948. He preceded her in death on October 18, 2018.

She was a graduate of Elcho High School, class of 1944. Clara Belle worked on the Tri-County Planning Board for over 20 years. She was the first woman in Wisconsin to be a chairman in a township and held that position in the Town of Upham for eight years. She won by write-in ballots. She was also the town health officer and volunteered on the Elcho Fire Department for many years. In 1976 she helped form the EMT squad in Elcho and Summit Lake and was a volunteer for 30 years.

Clara Belle had a passion for hunting and fishing with her friend Bev. She was an excellent cook for her family. She enjoyed painting and was always on a bowling team. Clara Belle was an amazing woman who was known as "Granny" by not only her family but also the community.

Survivors include three sons, Howard "Gene" (Vickie) Kalkofen, Jr. of Rhinelander, Errol Kalkofen of Summit Lake, and Dee Kalkofen of Summit Lake; a daughter, Linda Piller of Summit Lake; sevengrandchildren, Jennifer (Paul) Raatz, Phillip Kalkofen, Amanda (Kyle) Larson, Nia (Jason) Ebert, Hunter (Taylor) Kalkofen, Hallie Kalkofen, and Johhny (Elexis) Jensen; nine great-grandchildren, Zachary, Samantha, Abby, Madison, Kallie, Knyt, Axel, Hank, Hudson, Brantley, Colton and Rip.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Violet Bucker, Lillian Ricther, Margie Mach, Lila Van Duser, Mrytle Green, and Ardis Jones; and a brother, Earl Diemel.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 17, 2023 at 11 a.m. at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Elcho with Rev. Paul Radke officiating. Burial will take place in Lakeside Cemetery in Summit Lake in spring. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Bradley Funeral Home and Friday at 10 a.m. until the time of service at St. Luke Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to St. Luke Lutheran Church of Elcho.


Daryl Dunlop wrote on Mar 20, 2023:

"Clara Belle,Thank you so much for the beautiful friendshipe that you have extended over the years,we miss you Daryl and Gail Dunlop"

Cindy Raith wrote on Mar 18, 2023:

"Clara Belle was always a lot of fun and a great person. I learned a lot from her. God Bless her family. Love Cindy Raith"

Beth Gundrum wrote on Mar 17, 2023:

"Lana sends her love to all of Clara Belles family. She loves the picture that is posted. She says that Clara Belle was always her favorite aunt and she cherishes all her memories of her. "

Kathleen Owen wrote on Mar 16, 2023:

"So sorry to hear of Clara Bell death. She was a great lady. Kathie Owen"

Connie Brayton wrote on Mar 16, 2023:

"Our deepest sympathy for the loss of you wonderful fun loving & spunky Mom! I remember meeting her at Breezy Point & she truly was one woman you wouldn't forget. May God comfort you all & may you treasure your wonderful memories together! Love & Prayers, Connie & Don Brayton"

Jane 'Stilen' Bessette wrote on Mar 14, 2023:

"Clara Belle was a special person ito our family! My best memories of her were at my parents 4th of July party on the lake. She used one of the kids scooters and rode it down the driveway but didn?t quite make it. The next year we hid the scooter so she thought about trying the wagon! She had such a zest for life that we loved seeing "