Clara Adeline Gillen Zoeller, 92, of Des Moines, formerly of Burlington, died at 7:17 PM Tuesday, January 13, 2015, at the Taylor House Hospice in Des Moines.
Clara was born on December 20, 1922 in Kingman, Kansas, the youngest daughter of Andrew Gillen and Elizabeth (Osner) Gillen. After graduation from high school in Kingman, Clara graduated in 1945 from the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Wichita, Kansas. Upon graduation she became a member of the Army Nurse Cadet program. When Clara returned to Kingman, she worked as the County Health Nurse until she married Francis. O. Zoeller on June 1, 1946. Together they had four children; Barbara Zoeller (Richard Streit) of Dubuque, IA, Donna (Rex) Mundt of Ankeny, IA, Kevin Zoeller of Chicago, IL, and Mike Zoeller of Dekalb, IL; six grandchildren, Matthew Mundt (Monica) of Burlington, Noelle Mundt of Des Moines, IA, Lisa Benton of Rhode Island, Jeffrey Streit of Dubuque, IA, Lindsay Zoeller of Chicago, IL, and Stephanie Zoeller of Chicago, IL. Clara also has three great-grandchildren, Brian and Kelsey Mundt of Burlington, and Jacob Mundt of Des Moines; one sister-in-law, Lenora Zoeller of Kingman, KS, and numerous nieces and nephews.
During the time Clara raised her young family, she did private duty nursing and volunteer work. Later, Clara resumed her professional career as a Community Health nursing instructor at the Burlington Hospital School of Nursing until the school’s closure. Clara continued in her nurse educator role as a consultant to many of the greater Burlington area long-term care facilities and the American Red Cross until her retirement. She loved learning and teaching. Once retired, Clara continued to be involved in the Burlington community serving in several leadership roles for community non-profit organizations and St. Continue Reading