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Sue Veloris Claasen (Ragsdale)

January 15, 1918 - December 21, 2013

Memorial contributions can be made in Sue’s name to the Sweet Home Senior Center.

At her request there will be no services. Final burial will be at the Crawfordsville Cemetery.

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Sue Claasen, age 95, of Brownsville, OR passed away Saturday. She was born in Chelsea, OK to George and Maggie (Palone) Ragsdale. She was the youngest of eleven children.

She married Jacob J. Claasen in Hayward, CA and had four children. They had a mushroom farm before moving to Brownsville, OR. While in Oregon, Sue worked at Stokley Van Camp Cannery in Albany, OR for over 30 years. She and Jacob lived on a farm in Brownsville where they grew mushrooms, and raised cows, chickens, pigs, and horses.

Sue belonged to many organizations, but was most active in Royal Neighbors of America, American War Mothers, the Sweet Home Garden Club, Sweet Home Gleaners, and the Sweet Home Senior Center. She started the Crawfordsville Bridge Day, an event that takes place every August in Crawfordsville, OR.

Sue enjoyed church on Sunday and hosting big Sunday dinners in her home for family and friends. She loved to quilt, do household chores, take care of others, and bake. She was always on the go cleaning, planning, hosting, and keeping up with family and friends. You could often catch her on the phone staying up with the latest news and events from those she loved.

She is survived by: her children, Rita Kaye Schuler of Scio, John Claasen of Brownsville, David Claasen of Brownsville, and Randy Claasen and wife Carla of Brownsville; grandchildren, Shawn Center and wife Wanda of Lebanon, Sheri Miller of Eugene, Erika Heesaker and husband Jim of Seattle, WA, Jacob Claasen and wife Heather of Bend, Kerry Modin and husband Tom of Millersburg, Christopher Claasen of Albany, Paul Claasen and wife Brittany of Twin Falls, ID; twelve great grandchildren; and three great, great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by: her husband, Jacob Claasen; granddaughter, Shannon Center from Scio; six brothers and five sisters.

Memorial contributions can be made in Sue’s name to the Sweet Home Senior Center.

At her request there will be no services. Final burial will be at the Crawfordsville Cemetery.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.