Clarine Sporrey, age 92, of St. James died on Friday, July 26, 2013, at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Center in St. James. Funeral services will be 10:30am, Monday, July 29, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in St. James with Linda Becken officiating. Burial will be 2 p.m., Monday at Lakefield Cemetery, Lakefield. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Clarine Serena Sydness Sporrey was born on July 4, 1921, in Jackson County to Roy and Mabel Sydness. She was raised in Jackson County and went to country school for the first eight grades. She graduated from Lakefield High School. She then went to "Teacher's College" in Mankato for two years. Her first job was in Easton. She also taught at Dunnell, Sherburn and then at St. James. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education taking night school classes. She also attended the University of Colorado. Clarine was married to Warren Sporrey on June 2, 1956 in Lakefield. They lived in St. James following their marriage. Clarine taught school in St. James for 22 years, first through sixth grades. Clarine was active in the First Presbyterian Church with the Women's Association, Church Circles and Bible School teacher. She was active in Extension Club, 4-H, MEA, REAM (Retired Educators Association of Minn.). She volunteered at Pleasant View Nursing Home for many years and also the St. James Library. Clarine sponsored children through Christian Children's Fund for over 35 yrs. Clarine and Warren wintered in McAllen, Texas. Clarine enjoyed knitting, crocheting, painting, reading, needle work and traveling. Her first trip to
Europe was with college friends in the 1950s. Clarine was involved in Philanthropy work and donated to the St. James Medical Center and Mankato State University. She was an Honorary Campaign Cabinet member of the St. James Medical Center Foundation.
She is survived her brother, LeRoy Sydness, Jackson; nephew, Jon Sydness, Mankato, and nieces Alice (Jory) Rasmussen, Anoka, Janet Washington, Boston, Mass., Kari (Mark) Anderson, Baltimore, Md., and Becky (David) Liebl, Eden Prairie.
She is preceded in death by her husband Warren Sporrey and her parents.
Blessed be the memory of Clarine Sporrey.