Important Memories

Galen & Lori Griffin New Members October 2015
Galen & Lori Griffin
New Members October 2015

Pastor Kenneth Taglauer 2015

45 Years as a Minister

Kenneth Taglauer

New Members September 2015

Eric & Becky Isackson

New Members September 2015 Eric & Becky Isackson

God Bless them!!! May 2015

Kevin & Judy Hurd 50th wedding Anniversary

God Bless them!!!

Les & Helen Bontrager

50th Wedding Anniversary

Les and Helen Bontrager

New Member in March of 2015

Patsy Ellsworth

New Member in March of 2015

Oh Christmas Tree

all the hats and mittens on this tree were hand knitted by our own Diane Hartjes.  The items were all given to the women’s shelter.  Thanks Diane!  What a talent!

Under that tree were present after present to be taken to the nursing home and to the women’s shelter.  We have very giving members at Grace Lutheran.

Pastor Marvin Clausen

Reverend Marvin W. Clausen  

January 23, 1935 – September 8, 2011

Reverend Marvin Walter Clausen of Lakeview Arkansas passed away
on September 8th, 2011. He was 76 years old.

Born to Martin and Anna
Clausen in East St. Louis, Illinois on January 23, 1935, Reverend Clausen spent
his early years in Red Bud, Illinois. After graduating from the Seminary at
Concordia St. Louis with a Masters of Divinity degree, he was ordained by the
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 1960. He was pastor of St. Marks Lutheran
Church in Garrison, Iowa from 1960-1965. He then served as Pastor in Wisconsin
from 1965-1976 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in White Clay Lake, and Zion Lutheran
Church in Zachow. His last fulltime post was at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in
Dundee, Illinois where he served from 1976-1997.

In retirement Reverend Clausen served as the vacancy pastor at several Lutheran Congregations in
Arkansas. He also served intermittently as pastor and teacher at the Themba schools in Dirkesdorp, South Africa from 1999-2008.

Reverend Clausen is
survived by his wife, Mary of Lakeview, AR; 1 brother, Vernon and his wife
Eleanor of San Antonio, TX ; 1 daughter, Julia Herrera and her husband Edward of
San Antonio, TX; 3 sons, Matthew Clausen and his wife Anna of Mundelein, IL, Tom
Clausen and his wife Nga of Honolulu, HI, and Ted Clausen of Honolulu, HI; 9
grandchildren, Tristan Clausen, Talon Clausen, Shane Clausen, Alex Herrera,
Jessica Herrera, Molly Herrera, Stacie Nguyen, Sandy Nguyen, and Selena Nguyen,
and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services conducted by Reverend John Easterling will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Mountain Home on Friday,
September 16, at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow in Mountain Home Cemetery.

Memorials should be sent to Themba Trust Scholarship fund in
South Africa :, or Lutheran World


It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we report a much loved part-time Pastor was killed in a one car accident in Missouri this past week.

According to the paper Pastor Clausen was driving and his wife, Mary was a passenger when he lost control and the car flipped down a steep embankment.  Both Marvin and Mary were taken to St. Johns in Springfield, Mo where Marvin died and Mary sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Mary at this terrible time.

Good bye dear friend. . .for now, for we will see you again.

Valerie Clark RIP

Valerie Clark
Val sewing at Ozark Folk Center

Our dear Val passed away Thursday evening. We will miss her dearly. Len & Val were instrumental is founding Grace Lutheran Church and served our congregation for many years. We know she is in the in the bosom of  our Lord, healed of all her pain and infirmities enjoying eternity with her Savior, Jesus Christ!

Valerie Jane Clark, 61, Mountain View, Arkansas, formerly of Cohasset, Minnesota, died Thursday evening, June 16, 2011 at her vacation home in Grand Rapids, Minnesota.

Valerie was born February 14, 1950 in Rush City, MN.  She graduated from Lakeville High School in 1968 and Swedish Hospital in 1971 as a registered nurse.  In 1970, she married Leonard Clark and they raised their family in Grand Rapids.  In 2002, she and her husband moved to Mountain View, AR.  She held various jobs as a nurse, magazine editor, Avon lady, seamstress, and her most recent employment at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View.  Her hobbies included sewing, embroidery, quilting, gardening, playing hammered dulcimer, singing, and cooking.
Valerie is preceded in death by her parents, Harold and Bertha Erickson.
Leonard Valerie
Leonard & Valerie

She is survived by her husband, Leonard Clark of Mountain View, AR; and three daughters – Lisa (Nick) Sucher of Dayton, KY, Kristina (Karl) Gaalaas of Grand Rapids, MN, Stephanie Clark (Scott Weamer) of Bozeman, MT; two sisters – Patricia Rickaby of Pine City, MN, Jan Wicklund of Inver Grove Heights, MN, four brothers – Daniel Erickson of Pine River, MN, Hartley Erickson of Bloomington, MN, David Erickson of Minneapolis, MN, and Karl Erickson of Mound, MN; grandchildren – Rhaea Sucher, Nikita Sucher, soon-to-be-born Baby Gaalaas, and great-granddaughter, Savanna Johnson-Sucher.

Valerie basking in the sun in 1950

Visitation will be Monday, June 20, 2011 from 4-6p at Rowe Funeral Home, Grand Rapids, MN and will continue on Tuesday, June 21 from 10a until 11a funeral service at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Cohasset, MN. Rev. William C. Zeige will officiate.  Burial will be at Itasca Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, MN.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Grace Lutheran Church in Mountain View, AR, or to Itasca Hospice Foundation.

Arrangements by Rowe Funeral Home in Grand Rapids.  To sign online guestbook or send condolences, visit