Clara Sivertson and Enar Strom 2002, Barnum Island
Clara E Sivertson, 90, of Duluth passed away Friday, May 7, 2010, at Benedictine
Health Center with her family at her side.
She was born in Croftville,
Minn., near Grand Marais on Sept, 4, 1919, to Matt and Marie Rasmussen.
Clara married Stanley
Sivertson in 1938 and lived near Schroeder before moving to Duluth in 1940. From
mid-spring to late fall, they moved residence to Wash-ington Island on Isle
Royale, where Stanley’s family had established a fishery in the 1890s. Clara
worked with Stanley’s mother, assisting in the cooking, laundry and support
activities for the family fishing operations, which were quite active at the
time. When her children reached school age, her stay on Isle Royale was limited
to summer vacation. Over the years, Clara worked in the family businesses,
Sivertson Fisheries and Grand Portage Isle Royale Transportation Co. After the
death of Stanley in 1994, she continued managing the businesses until her
retirement in 1999.
Clara was a member of First
Lutheran Church in Duluth, the Sons of Norway, Morningside Garden Club, Michigan
Fish Producers’ Association, North Shore Fisherman’s Association, Save Lake
Superior Association, Great Lakes Passenger Vessel Operators’ Association and
Isle Royale Families and Friends Association.
Clara was preceded in death
by her parents; three sisters, Carrie (David) McGiverin, Esther (Phil) Phillips
and Evelyn (Norb) Leannah; and brother, Lester (Edith) Rasmussen.
She is survived by her
children, Stuart (Nancy) Sivertson of Duluth; Sandra (Frank) DeBolt of Green
Valley, Ariz.; Sharlene Sivertson of Duluth; several grandchildren;
great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.