ESCANABA, MI. - Clara Marie Van Damme, age 63, of 110 South 5th Street (Harbor Tower), Escanaba passed away Saturday, November 2, 2013 at her home.
She was born on February 9, 1950 in Escanaba and was the daughter of Paul and Jeanette (DeBacker) Van Damme.
Clara attended school in Marquette and was a graduate of Bishop Baraga High School Class of 1968. Following high school, she furthered her education attending college for two additional years. But her greatest accomplishment and joy in life are her two surviving children Oceanna and Octavian.
Clara is survived by her children, Oceanna Rhew Siler City, N.C., Octavian Hartwell Grand Rapids, MI. Father: Paul Van Damme Watson. Brothers:Michael (Linda) Van Damme Watson, Father Larry P. Van Damme Marquette. Sisters: Sharon (Christopher) Hollis CO, Kathleen Chipman CO, Laurie (Steve Govier) Van Damme Gwinn. Several nieces, nephews, and great- nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother Jeanette Van Damme.
Private visitation and funeral services celebrating the life of Clara Marie Van Damme will be held at the convenience of the family with Father Larry P. Van Damme of St. Michael Parrish in Marquette officiating. Burial will take place in the St. Nicholas Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy and online condolences in Clara's honor may be directed to the Van Damme family at www.andersonfuneralhomes.net