Clara D. "Tootsie" Barnes, Knight, nee Bazzel, 90, of Waterloo, IL, formerly of Cape Girardeau, MO. Born August 14, 1929, in St. Louis, MO found her eternal resting place with our father in heaven on November 15, 2019.
She was the fourth child of seven to be born into the family of the late Rev. William R. and Bessie (nee Cagle) Bazzel of Waterloo, IL.
Clara attended Normandy high school, in St. Louis, MO and later Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, MO. She retired from St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, MO in 1993.
Surviving to cherish memories are her Deborah (Norman) Kirleis of Millstadt, IL, & son James Del (Dianna) Barnes of Cape Girardeau, MO; 3 grandchildren: Emily (Brian) Marshall, of Waterloo, IL, Aaron (Crystal) Kirleis, of Cape Girardeau, MO, and Michael Sean (Nancy) Barnes of Cape Girardeau, MO; 8 great grandchildren, Zachary and Carter Marshall, Kaylee, Kelsey, Karly, and Kaden Kirleis, and Dylan and Lauryn Barnes; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; nieces; nephews; & cousins.
She is preceded in death by her first husband Delmar Barnes whom she married in St. Louis, MO, March 7, 1946. They were married 46 years before his death, on March 1, 1993. Four sisters: Rosalie (Howard) Probst, Rebecca (Ralph) Antonacio, and Jean Posey, and Jacqueline (Richard) Hern. Two brothers, James Bazzel and Odell Bazzel. One great grandchild Kamille Kirleis. Clara married Willis Van Knight September 20, 1999. The were married 16 years before his death April 18, 2016.
After Clara retired she found a wonderful past time in sewing. Her favorite project was making curtains and creating stuffed toys. Making pies for family gatherings and for the church dinners, was her specialty. Clara resided at Oak Hill Nursing Home in Waterloo, IL.
As an expression of sympathy the family prefers memorial contributions to:
St. Paul Church - Floraville, IL or Hospice of Southern Illinois
9:30 AM until time of service Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Quernheim Funeral Home
11:30 AM Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Quernheim Funeral Home in Waterloo, IL
Pastor Matt Friz officiating
2 PM Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at Hobbs Chapel Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, MO