Clarence Santer, age 85 of Waite Park, formerly of Osakis, passed away on Friday, September 21, 2007 at the Sterling Park Health Care Center in Waite Park, MN.
Clarence John Santer was born on April 3, 1922 in Sauk Centre, MN to George and Annie (Kaleszar) Santer. As a boy of eleven years, Clarence moved with his family to a farm south of Osakis. After attending Osakis schools, he enlisted in the Civilian Conservation Corps and after his honorable discharge, Clarence found work bartending, cooking and as a farm hand. In 1953, Clarence took a job working for Swift & Comp. in So. St. Paul. After thirteen years he moved back to the Osakis area and began working for Osakis Meats and Processing, where he would spend the next 23 years, retiring in 1989. On October 19, 1970, Clarence married Lucy Rogers in Osage, Iowa. He was a former member of the Immaculate Conception Church in Osakis.
Clarence loved the outdoors, and was always happy when he could be out on the lake catching fish. He loved to fish all year round. He also enjoyed traveling, camping and gardening. He was a great card player, and especially liked playing Whist. Clarence was very proud of his sponsorship of two underprivileged children, one from India and one from Guatemala.
He is survived by his wife, Lucy Santer of St. Cloud, a daughter, Julie (Robert) Crane of Becker; 4 stepsons, Jerome (Lou) Rogers of Lynden, NC, William (Nikki) Rogers of New Brighton, Charles Rogers of Anoka, Clair (Linda) Rogers of St. Joseph; 4 stepdaughters, Mary (Jim) Torkelson of Plymouth, Carol (Duane) Weber of Eagan, Margaret (Steve) Korf of Elrosa, Barbara (Bill) Tarras of Eden Prairie; 2 grandchildren, Ashley & Allison Crane; many step grandchildren and step great grandchildren; 4 brothers, Joseph (Carole) Santer of Andover, George, Jr. (Mary Jo) Santer of Browerville, Walter Santer of Osakis, Donald Santer of Spring Lake Park; 6 sisters, Mary Zins of Osakis, Alvina (Gene) Waldorf of Osakis, Lucille Pitzen of Glenwood, Yvonne (Leroy) Zenner of Richmond, Arlene Sutton of Brooklyn Center, Lorraine Klimek of Sauk Center; many nieces and nephews.
Clarence is preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, Lawrence, two stepsons, Lewis and James Rogers.