Clara A. Wilgus, 88, of Ferdinand

Clara A. Wilgus, 88, of Ferdinand passed away Tuesday January 21st at her home in Ferdinand under the care of Heart to Heart Hospice. 

Clara was born May 12, 1931 in Troy to Erwin & Gertrude (Bergman) Lamar. She was united in marriage to Paul Wilgus on April 11, 1953 in Troy. Paul preceded her in death on February 14, 1981.

Clara was a member of Christ the King Parish, St. Ferdinand Church. She retired as a cook at Forest Park High School. She was a charter member of Ferdinand Home Economics Club. She was the Salutatorian of the Tell City High School class of 1949. Clara enjoyed gardening, crocheting, reading, cooking and was an avid bird watcher.

Surviving are five daughters, Patti (Maarten) Bos of Sarasota, FL., Mona (Kenny) Elder of Tell City, Terry Brinker and fiance’ Wayde Jones of Evansville, Sandy (Tony) Waninger of Fulda, and Marci (Michael) Hansen of Ferdinand. Two sons, Rick (Tonya) Wilgus of Evansville and Ron (Shelly) Wilgus of Schnellville. Sixteen grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren. Sister-in-law, Linda Lamar of Arkansas and brother-in-law, Charlie (Sue) Wilgus of Tell City. Several nieces & nephews also survive. Caregivers, Ruth Sickbert, Angie Rahman, and Denise Schnell. Clara was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Wilgus, a great-grandson, Corbin Sarfos, brothers, Albert, Marty, and Paulie Lamar and a sister, Agnes (Bootz).

A mass of Christian burial will be held Saturday January 25th in St. Ferdinand Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8:00 PM and Saturday from 7 to 9:30 AM at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Online condolences may be shared at