“I think I’ll grand”...

      MALTA- Clara Madeline Drabbels entered into rest peacefully July 23, 2018. She was dedicated Homemaker, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother and Aunt. She was also a fan favorite among the neighborhood kids as they were guaranteed a big smile and a piece of candy (usually a tootsie pop) whenever they rang the doorbell.


     A true master at the Whist table... Don’t let her humble gentle nature fool you, Clara was a force to be reckoned with.


     She was all about the journey and on the go. Whether it was hopping on the Amtrak to visit the grandkids, road tripping with her sister Florence to help decorate and paint wherever they were needed or listening to live music and dancing. She loved life. The chaos of a good old fashioned family gathering, the laughter of a child, butterscotch pudding and a Hershey Bar always put a smile on her face.


     Clara married Hubert Drabbels February 2, 1945 and together they raised their 3 children Karen Bichler, Donnie Drabbels and Cheryl Contway. The family enjoyed summers at the Cabin at Nelson reservoir, harvests at the farm and holidays fit for a Better Homes and Gardens cover. She was known far and wide for her delicious cinnamon rolls, fried chicken that was better than KFC, the best apple pie, and her “scotcheroos”.  “Are you sure you don’t want a scotcheroo?”


     She was preceded in death by her Husband Hubert, Brother John Klotz, Sisters’ Isabelle Gust, Dorothy Broadbrooks, Florence Sorenson, and Peggy Stanford. She is survived by her brother Leo Klotz, her children, grandchildren Kara Ereaux, Kevin Ereaux, Lisa Olson, Lori Mavencamp, Matt Mavencamp, Ashley Drabbels, Tanner Drabbels, 15 adoring great grandchildren, and her loving nieces Wendy Simanton and Leslie Mellinger. She was a gentle, caring, compassionate, good natured human being. The most beautiful. The family is truly devastated by the loss of this dear dear soul. If she were here she would say


     “Pull yourself up by the bootstraps. Clean those windows, dust those light fixtures and make the most out of every day”.


     The final card belongs to the dealer. She stole our hearts and in the end she took all the tricks...May her Whist partners carry on every Tuesday and Friday in her memory.       

Love You Grandma! Kara

   A gathering of friendship will be held Saturday and Sunday evening at the home of Wendy Simanton 329 South 4th Street East.  Rosary will be Monday, July 30, 2018 at 7:00 P.M. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mass services are Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at 10:00 A.M at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at www.kirkwoodfuneralhome.com


Guest Book

From: Beth Hennessy

Sending my sincere thoughts & prayers for peace to Clara’s family!! So many wonderful memories during my early childhood of spending time with Cheryl & the family!
Clara was like a second mother, taking us to the farm to watch the combines, to the pool to swim & diciplining when we needed it!
Thank you Clara for those wonderful times! May you Rest In Peace!!

From: Joe McLean

We were surprised to welcome Clara to Mom's (Betty Drabbels McLean) funeral in July 2005. We already knew Cheryl was coming. Our thoughts are with Karen and Donny and the rest of Clara's family.

From: Jeff, Teri, Jory, and Connor Bichler

Karen, Kara, Kevin and families,
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of Grandma Drabbels. She was such a special, sweet lady for sure. You’re in our thoughts and prayers as you go through this. Take good care, and God bless.





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