Claire Marie Halamka Obituary

Claire Marie Halamka

<p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">CLAIRE MARIE HALAMKA NEE MUELLER</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">Claire Marie Halamka was born on July 20, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her parents were&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">Carl G. Mueller and Inez L. Mueller nee Seeley.</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;, times, serif; font-size: 18px;">She was baptized into Christ on September 7, 1934 in Sherman Park Lutheran Church in&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">Milwaukee Wisconsin, and confirmed in Christian faith on April 14, 1946 in Grace Lutheran Church in St. Petersburg Florida.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">She graduated from Tri-County High School in Plainfield Wisconsin in 1951. She majored in English and minored in music at Wisconsin State Teachers College (now the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point) and graduated in 1955. Sometime later she earned her Master of Education degree with an endorsement in reading at the University of Tennessee - Chattanooga.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">On August 15, 1959, she and seminary graduate Ronald F. Halamka were united in holy marriage at Hales Corners Lutheran Church in Hales Corners, WI. On October 7, 1960 they began serving as Chinese-speaking missionaries in Taiwan, The Republic of China.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">She began her teaching career at Lutheran High School in Racine Wisconsin in 1955. She subsequently taught first grade at Concord Lutheran School in St. Louis Missouri, her private Kindergarten for military and missionary children in Chia Yi, Taiwan, and conversational English to Chinese students at Concordia Middle School in Chia Yi.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">Back in the States, she was a substitute teacher for Cleveland High School in Cleveland Tennessee. In Memphis Tennessee, she taught at public junior and senior high schools, Christ the King Lutheran Church and School, and Intensive English for Internationals at the University of Memphis.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">She was interested in reading, sewing, knitting, needlepointing, counted cross stitch and crafts.&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">She served as a Girl Scout Camp Unit Leader and a Troop Leader. And she enjoyed traveling&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">throughout the United States as well as in Western and Eastern Europe and in The People&rsquo;s</span></span></p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">Republic of China.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">She led a choir of Chinese youth at Grace Lutheran Church in Chia Yi, and congregational choirs&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">in Cleveland Tennessee, and Graham Texas. &nbsp;She was a choir soprano and occasional soloist. As needed, she accompanied church choirs and worship services. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">Christian worship, Bible study, fellowship and congregational mission endeavors were always of&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">high priority for her. Since 2017, she was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">Waxahachie Texas. For years she was involved in Lutheran Women in Mission (LWML) - zone&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">rallies, national conventions, mite offerings for mission projects.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">She was a dear and loving gift from God for her husband, daughter and son, relatives, colleagues&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">and students, and many friends. With life-long faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, she fell asleep in the Lord on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 in Waxahachie, TX. Visitation is set for Monday, September 4th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Wayne Boze Funeral Home.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">The Funeral Service will take place at Christ the King Lutheran Church at 302 W. Hwy 287 Bypass on Tuesday, September 15th at 10:00 a.m., with Pastor Jared Raebel conducting the service. Committal to God for eternal life in Christ will follow at Gateway Memorial Park, 2319 W. US 287 Business.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">She was preceded in death by her parents, her younger sister Phyllis June Wagner, and her&nbsp;</span></span><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">younger brother Gary Wayne Mueller.</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">She is survived by her husband Ron Halamka, her daughter Kathryn C. Montgomery and husband Michael of Waxahachie Texas, her son David M. Halamka and wife Kimberly of Fishers Indiana. She has 4 grandsons: Taylor Thompson and wife Olivia, Wade Thompson and wife Whitney, Jared Halamka (USMC) and Joshua Halamka. She has 1 granddaughter: Jessica Halamka, a sister-in-law Nancy Mueller; 2 nephews: Brian Leszynski and Wayne Leszynski; 6 nieces: Stacy D&rsquo;Acquisto and husband Tony, Tina Marking and husband Craig, and Leah Mueller-Grant; also, Donna Hunkins, Tracy Lawrence and Kimberly Senger.&nbsp;</span></span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size:18px;"><span style="font-family:times new roman,times,serif;">Memorials may be directed to the music ministry or building expansion of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Waxahachie, TX.</span></span></p>
July 20, 1934 - September 9, 202007/20/193409/09/2020
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Claire Marie Halamka was born on July 20, 1934 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her parents were Carl G. Mueller and Inez L. Mueller nee Seeley.

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Sep
14
Visitation
Monday, September 14 2020
05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Wayne Boze Funeral Home
1826 US-287 BUS
Waxahachie, TX 75165
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Sep
15
Funeral Service
Tuesday, September 15 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Christ the King Lutheran Church
301 W Highway 287 Bypass
Waxahachie, TX 75165
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