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Claire Sode

Claire Virginia Sode

Tuesday, July 24th, 1934 - Friday, August 28th, 2020
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CLAIRE VIRGINIA SODE, born July 24, 1934, died August 28,2020 of natural causes (not due to COVID-19). Born in the family home in Norwood, PA, she was the third child of Clarence B. Sode and Janet Elizabeth Kasley Sode. Claire was preceded in death by both her parents, her oldest sister Norma Alice Sode Wagner; Brother’s-in-law Arthur Wagner, George L. Broshuis, and Frederick A. Dotts. She is survived by her siblings: Joan Broshuis, David Sode (Rosalie), Carol Dotts and Jean Gooding (James) as well as many nieces and nephews. She became the Legal Guardian, Great-Aunt and “Mom” to her great-nephew, Jeremy Broshuis.

Claire’s education began in the Prospect Park, PA school system and she graduated from their High School in 1952. She worked for Westinghouse Corporation while attending night school before attending Westminster College in Mercer, PA graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Moving to Overland Park, KS with her family she accepted a position as a professional Girl Scout in the Pittsburg, KS Area Council. When her family moved to Rogers, Arkansas, Claire was in the midst of applying for and accepting a position as a Missionary with the Presbyterian Church to teach English as a second language at a girl’s school in Cairo, Egypt. Returning to Rogers, AR she attended the University of Arkansas to obtain a Master’s Degree in English, obtained her teaching certification and taught in the Rogers School System High School English for the next 35-40 years. Being a lifelong and involved Presbyterian, Claire served as the Clerk of Session for the First Presbyterian Church of Rogers for 20 years.

Claire’s request, in lieu of flowers or mementos, is donations be made to the Presbyterian Mission Fund c/o First Presbyterian Church, 1901 So. 26th Street, Rogers, AR 72758.

Condolences are on the Westfield Chapel website: www.westfieldchapel.com
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Will Sample

Posted at 06:37pm
A wonderful teacher who instilled a love of the canon of Western Civilization in her students. She might have made us read Melville, but understood its necessity to get us to appreciate Shakespeare
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Tom Waggoner

Posted at 09:47am
I remember Miss Sode as one perhaps the most effective teacher I had at Rogers High School. She taught us the structure of the English language, a foundation that has influenced the rest of my life. She clearly cared for "her kids" as well as the entire student body of the school. She was a role model whom I fondly remember often, definitely a positive influence on the student body of the community. A life well lived.
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Patti Jennings

Posted at 08:23am
Claire was a wonderful friend and colleague for many years at Rogers High School. She cared deeply for all her students and searched for ways to make each one “get it”
She worked tirelessly on behalf of the teachers through EAR and Personnel Policy Committee. She was a blessing to those who knew her.
Rest In Peace my friend
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Vennis Eugene Pollock

Posted at 09:15pm
My sincere sympathy,
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Vennis E Pollock

Posted at 09:08pm
Claire Sode was one of my favorite teachers, always friendly caring kind person, I sold her and her parents two cars one time when I was selling Toyotas, very nice parents too, miss you Claire..
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