Constance "Connie" Louise Clausen, 77, of St. James, died Sept. 3, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.

Constance "Connie" Louise Clausen, 77, of St. James, died Sept. 3, 2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. Visitation will be Thursday, Sept. 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. at Sturm Funeral Home, St. James Chapel. Service will be held at United Methodist Church, St. James, on Friday, Sept. 8 at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour before the service. The clergy will be Rev. Clinton Firstbrook, III. Interment will be at the Mt. Hope Cemetery in St. James. Online condolences may be left for the family at

Constance was born in Slayton to Vincent and Myrtle (Knutson) Staples. They later moved to rural Pine River where they farmed. She graduated from Pine River High School and then moved to St. James were she was employed by Tony Downs Foods. She later met Lyle Clausen and was married in the Swanburg Church in rural Pine River. To this union they were blessed with two daughters. After having children, she was a stay at home mother, raising her children and gardened. She later went back to work for the same company and enjoyed the company of her family and friends. She liked playing Scrabble, doing crossword puzzles and scratch off tickets. She loved seeing her grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow.

Connie is survived by her daughters, Brenda (Wayne) Possail and Tami (Ricky) Conn; grandchildren: Lyle (Crystle) Dougherty, Joshua Conn, Jonathan (Sara) Dougherty, Matthew Conn, Elizabeth (Valentin Perez) Conn, Morgan (Kenneth) Jones, Natalee Possail; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers: Robert, Kenneth, and Paul (Cindy) Staples; sisters: Helen Landholm, Loris Powers, Shirley (Chuck) Kintzi, Sue Rosenkranz, Mary (Fran) Schreier, Judy (Dave Nord) Staples and Carol (Clarence) Hovdet; along with many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Clausen in 1997; parents, Vincent and Myrtle Staples; brothers, Richard and Roger Staples; brothers-in-law, Karl Landholm, Jim Rosenkranz and Curt Powers; sister, Mavis Staples; sister-in-law, Pat Staples and grandson, Kurtis Dougherty in 2013.