Claire Russell Seibert

MADELIA – Claire Russell Seibert, age 97, of Madelia, died Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, at Luther Memorial Home in Madelia.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, at Sturm Funeral Home, Pilgrim Chapel, in Madelia with Rev. Greg Hall officiating.

Burial with full military honors will follow in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, Madelia.

Visitation will be 9-10 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. You may send the family condolences online at

Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home, Pilgrim Chapel, in Madelia.

Claire Russell Seibert was born June 10, 1917, in Kanawha, Iowa, son of Charles and Pearl Seibert. In 1919, the Seibert family moved to Madelia. He graduated from high school in Madelia, and had one year of accounting at Mankato Commercial College. He worked for Lockheed in Burbank, Calif., before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps on Aug. 13, 1942. During WWII, he spent three years serving and was honorably discharged on Nov. 21, 1945. Claire married Dallas Person on June 22, 1947, in Maddock, N.D. He managed and owned Seibert’s Foodland in Madelia for 52 years. Claire was a member of the Madelia Fire Department for 37 years, 15 of which he served as secretary. He was on the Madelia City Council for 29 years. He also served on the Trinity Lutheran Church Council, was president of the Madelia Chamber of Commerce, active in Boy Scouts, and served on the Region 9 Commission. After retiring from the grocery business in 1990, he turned his woodworking hobby into a business. He retired from his woodworking in Aug. 2007. Claire’s interests were in camping, traveling, woodworking and enjoyed spending time with his dogs and playing cards. In December 2009, Claire moved to the Luther Memorial Home in Madelia and resided there until his death.

Claire is survived by: his son, Dr. Paul (Norma) Seibert of Fairmont; daughters, Jean (Steve) Moses of Madelia, Betty (Jeff) Stauffer of Mankato, and Mary (Dr. Richard) Hardie of Sioux Falls, S.D.; grandchildren, Tahnee Seibert and special friend, Drew Geyen, Shelby (Chris) Obray, Spencer Seibert and special friend, Amanda Bursell, Dan (Amy) Moses, Matt Moses and special friend, Krista Ingwell, Jennifer Stauffer, Alison Morley, and Lauren (Mathias) Sturtz; great-grandchildren, Maycee Moses and Adley Sturtz.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dallas; brother, Darwyn; infant brother, Duane; and grandbabies, Kyle Seibert and Benjamin Stauffer.