Hannelore Claassen

Hannelore Claassen
May 2, 1924 – December 11, 2019

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter. She is survived by her children, Ron Grosser (Debbie), Sharlene Wilson (Robert), Mark Claassen, Lorene Claassen (James); grandchildren, Elizabeth Grosser (Gerad), Christopher Grosser (Ximena), Ethan Christie; great-grandchildren, Beau, Ames, Eden, Sophia and Dylan.

SERVICES: Saturday, December 21, 2019, 11:00am, Sunridge Village, 13410 Blondo Street.
Memorials will be directed by the family.


Hannelore Claassen of Omaha, Nebraska passed away peacefully at her residence on Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 at the age of 95. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, brother, Kurt, Sisters Katie and Ellie and her beloved cat Farley. Hanna is survived by her children: Ron Grosser (Debbie), Sharlene Wilson (Robert), Mark Claassen, Lorene Claassen (James); grandchildren: Elizabeth Grosser (Gerad), Christopher Grosser (Ximena), Ethan Christie and 5 great grandchildren (Beau, Ames, Eden, Sophia and Dylan).

Hanna was born on May 2, 1924 in Schlesien, Germany to the late Wilhelm and Elizabeth Grosser.  Hanna lived her early years in Germany.  She was drafted into the German Air Force during WWII in 1943 and was trained in Morse code.  Hanna moved to the U.S. in 1955 at the age of 31 and became a U.S. citizen in 1964. She lived her early years in the U.S. on a farm in Kenesaw, Nebraska.  After being widowed at a young age, Hanna raised her four young children as a single parent.  She worked as the elementary/high school cook and seamstress for residents of the town when her children were young. As her children grew, she worked as a tailor for Gary Michael’s clothing store in Hastings, Nebraska.  In her later years, Hanna moved to California and then to Omaha, Nebraska to be closer to her children.  Hanna loved sewing, gardening, visiting with friends over coffee, spending time with family, traveling to her homeland of Germany, and watching Husker Football.

Hanna lived a long and full life and was many things to many people. She was a daughter, a soldier, a survivor, a wife, a mother, a cook, a tailor, a traveler, but above all, she was loved.  Though dementia stole her memories later in life and age weakened her body, her spirit lived on.  Her family will miss her dearly.  We were blessed that she gave us life and we were blessed to have had her in our lives for so long. We rejoice that Hanna will spend eternity with our Lord and Savior and that she will be reunited with her parents, brother and sisters and we hope and pray that Farley will find her.



  • Ute würdemann ge. Grosser Posted December 15, 2019 7:26 am

    Unser herzliches Beileid. Denke an euch. Denke oft an die Zeit, als Hannchen uns in Edewecht besuchte.

  • Dee Jackson Posted December 16, 2019 6:14 pm

    My thoughts are with all of you. I have so many fond memories of your mother. She was an amazing person. Thinking of you all and hoping happy memories may provide comfort to you.

  • Janelle Arehart Posted December 16, 2019 8:25 pm

    Hannah was such a special lady to me. I loved getting to know her at Gary Michaels and continued that friendship for many years after.

  • sigrid Boesen Posted December 17, 2019 8:57 am

    My heartfelt condolences to the death of your dear mother! I am with you in my thoughts! Everything love your cousin Sigrid

  • Jörg Will Posted December 17, 2019 9:01 am

    Herzliches Beileid, ich habe deine Mutter leider nie kennengelernt.

  • Corinne (Steiner) Mankin Posted December 17, 2019 9:04 am

    My sympathy to Charlene and all your family. Your mother’s life story was so beautifully written. We grieve at the loss of a loved one, but find comfort in knowing that we will be united with them for eternity with our Lord. May God give you comfort and peace.

  • Lisa Hadenfeldt Posted December 18, 2019 6:01 pm

    Hannah was my second mom growing up. She wouldn’t let me show too much cleavage in my prom dress! She took extra stitches to cover me up! ha. She hid the cookies from Lorene and me, but we found them! She was a beautiful person, and she changed the world!

  • Brenda Holman Posted December 19, 2019 8:17 pm

    Shar, I never had the privilege of meeting your mother but sounds like a wonderful woman. I know how you will miss her.

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