August 7, 2017


Clarise Pudenz, 85, of Carroll died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at St. Anthony Nursing Home in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Mount Carmel.  The celebrant was Father Lynn Bruch.  Con-celebrant was Father Steve Brodersen.  Music was by the Our Lady of Mount Carmel choir.  Mass servers were Grant Borkowski and Isaac Evans.  Lectors were Mitchell Borkowski and Emily Cockrum.  Gift bearers were Aaron Nieland, Adam Nieland, Emily Cockrum and Chandler Pudenz.  Eucharistic ministers were Marie Baumhover and Arlene Wittrock. Casket bearers were Aaron Nieland, Adam Nieland, Chandler Pudenz, Reggie Freese, Chris Cockrum and Noah Borkowski. Burial was at the parish cemetery.  

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Sharp Funeral Home, and online condolences may be left for Clarise’s family at Memorials may be left at the funeral home or at the church to be directed to St. Anthony Hospital, Nursing Home and Hospice.    

Clarise was born on June 4, 1932, in Carroll County Iowa, a daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth (Berger) Ortner.  She grew up near Mount Carmel and graduated from Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in 1950.  After high school Clarise was employed at Carroll County State Bank.  On Nov. 15, 1958, Clarise married Wilbur Pudenz at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church in Mount Carmel.  The couple lived north of Carroll, where Wilbur farmed, with the support of Clarise.  

Clarise enjoyed working outdoors with gardening, yard work, playing cards, baking, needlepoint, and feeding the birds and the squirrels.  Most of all Clarise enjoyed the time she spent with her family.  Clarise was very devoted to her faith and Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish. She served as a guild officer, member of the parish council, and helped with various jobs in the church including taking care of the flowers and plants.

Clarise is survived by her children: Denise (Brian) Nieland of Breda, Tim (Peg) Pudenz of Carroll and John (Terry) Pudenz of Gilbert, Arizona; grandchildren: Aaron (Alyce) Nieland, Adam Nieland, Emily (Chris) Cockrum, Chandler Pudenz, Reggie Freese and Samantha Freese; five great-grandchildren: Aisha Nieland, Will Nieland, Ellie Nieland, Caden Cockrum and Elsie Cockrum; four sisters: Sylvia Onken of Pocahontas, Marilyn Wuebker of Carroll, Jane (Don) Drees of Carroll and Leota (Melvin) Borkowski of Carroll;  sisters-in-laws: Marilyn Ortner of Pittsville, Wisconsin, Wilma Boes of Carroll, Edna Knobbe of Rose Creek, Minnesota, Rita (John) Hoebing of Columbus, Nebraska, Bernice Pudenz of Carroll, and Jean Pudenz of Des Moines; her brothers-in-law: Richard (Bea) Pudenz of Carroll, and Jim (Mary Ann) Pudenz of Carroll; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and other extended relatives.  

Clarise was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur, on April 21, 2008; her parents; and her brother Justin Ortner.