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Clara Mathie, 86, Waverly, Ohio, formerly of Potsdam, New York, passed away Monday, June 17, 2013 in Ohio.

She was born on June 15, 1927, in Canton, Illinois, one of four sisters and one brother all of whom preceded her in death.

During Clara’s teenaged years the family moved to Detroit, Michigan. She attended Wayne State University as an Education major, where as a member of the band she met and later married Gordon Mathie; after the birth of their sons they moved to Oxford, Michigan. The family moved to Potsdam in 1959, where Clara taught public school and Gordon was a member of the Crane faculty at SUNY Potsdam. Clara began her teaching career in the Raymondville school district, then later taught fifth grade for fifteen years in the St. Lawrence Central school.

She retired in 1983 and became very active in the Potsdam library and in adult literacy programs. She belonged to the First United Methodist Church and was an active member of the church choir. The Mathies moved to Waverly, Ohio in 1999.

Clara is survived by her husband Gordon; her son and daughter-in-law David and Diane of Boise, Idaho; her son and daughter-in-law John and Sharon of Cleveland, Ohio; and her grandson Stephen and wife Jennifer of Boise, Idaho.

Arrangements are with the Boyer Funeral Home, Waverly, Ohio.

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