Clara Marie Van Damme

ESCANABA – Clara Marie Van Damme, 63, of 110 S. 5th St. (Harbor Tower), Escanaba, passed away Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at her home. She was born on Feb. 9, 1950, in Escanaba and was the daughter of Paul and Jeanette (DeBacker) Van Damme.

Clara attended school in Marquette and was a graduate of Bishop Baraga High School Class of 1968. Following high school, she furthered her education attending college for two additional years. But her greatest accomplishment and joy in life are her two surviving children Oceanna and Octavian.

Clara is survived by: children, Oceanna Rhew of Siler City, N.C., and Octavian Hartwell of Grand Rapids, Mich.; father, Paul Van Damme of Watson; brothers, Michael (Linda) Van Damme of Watson and Father Larry P. Van Damme of Marquette; sisters, Sharon (Christopher) Hollis of Colorado, Kathleen Chipman of Colorado, and Laurie (Steve Govier) Van Damme of Gwinn; several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Jeanette Van Damme.

Private visitation and funeral services celebrating the life of Clara Marie Van Damme will be held at the convenience of the family with Father Larry P. Van Damme of St. Michael Parrish in Marquette officiating. Burial will take place in the St. Nicholas Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy and online condolences in Clara’s honor may be directed to the Van Damme family at