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Clara J. Surma

Clara Jean Surma, 92, of Tuscola, IL, passed away at 12:10 a.m., Saturday, September 18, 2021 at the Arthur Home, Arthur, IL 

Private family graveside services will be held at the Tuscola Township Cemetery, Tuscola, IL 

Mrs. Surma was born on April 21, 1929 in Wayne County, IL, the daughter of Samuel and Mary Green Houk. She married William Surma on January 3, 1948 in Champaign, IL. He preceded her in death on August 31, 2015. 

Survivors include her son: Jon Surma and wife: Cindy of Tuscola, daughter: Andrea Englehardt and husband: Bill of Tuscola, grandchildren: Adrienne (Michael) Ferrell; Jessica (Bryce) Borchers; Tyler (Molly) Surma; Travis (Codi) Surma, Caleb (Kelley) Englehardt; Nathan (Trisha) Englehardt and Brett (Courtney) Englehardt; and 17 great-grandchildren.  

Mrs. Surma was preceded in death by her parents, grandson: Michael Surma, brother: Harlan Houk, sisters: Evelyn Ellis, Louise Woods, Ruth Peavler and Leone Dannison.  

She was a member of the Kemp Church of Christ. Mrs. Surma worked as a telephone operator and service representative for General Telephone Company in Tuscola from 1960 until her retirement in 1981. 

Hilligoss Shrader Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. Online condolences may be shared via

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