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Claire B. Dreiling

October 13, 1918 ~ May 24, 2018 (age 99)

Claire B. Dreiling

Claire B. Dreiling, 99, formerly of Hays, died Thursday, May 24, 2018 at the Ellis Good Samaritan Society.

She was born October 13, 1918 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee the daughter of Dr. Clarence V. and Ethel M. (Overall) Bruner.  After graduating from high school she went on to receive her BS Degree in English from Tennessee Polytechnic Institute and her MS Degree in Home Economics from Vanderbilt University.  On March 25, 1944 she was united in marriage to Arthur J. “Art” Dreiling in Chicago, Illinois.  They celebrated over 58 years of marriage before he preceded her in death on December 23, 2002.  Claire was a retired junior high and high school Home Economics, English, and Science teacher having taught at Peabody Demonstration School in Nashville, TN, as well as schools in Selden, Hoxie, and Hays.  She was a member of numerous bridge clubs, a founder of the Rotary Anne club in Hoxie, and a devout Catholic.  She enjoyed decorating for special occasions and holidays, was an excellent seamstress and cook, and she loved to entertain friends and family.  She was church choir director, a church organist, and she loved to play the piano and give piano lessons.  Golf was a favorite pastime and she loved animals and dancing with her husband.

Survivors include two daughters; Madeline Musick of WaKeeney, Kansas and Cindy Villarreal and husband Ricardo of Ellis, Kansas, four grandchildren; Marlys McConnell, Amanda Johnson, Matthew Hoosier and wife Heather, and Cole Hoosier and wife Vanessa, seven great grandchildren; Christopher McConnell, Julian Jensen, Micah Hoosier, Isaac Hoosier, Nathan Hoosier, Meghan Hoosier, and Katie Grace Hoosier.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Arthur, a son-in-law; Michael Musick, and a great grandson; Andrew McConnell.

Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11:00 am on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at the Comeau Catholic Campus Center, 506 W. 6th Street, Hays, with Fr. Fred Gatschet officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Joseph Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until service time on Wednesday at the church and a rosary will be recited at 10:30 am.  Memorials are suggested to the Ellis Good Samaritan Society or to the Humane Society of the High Plains in care of the Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine Street, Hays.  Condolences and memories of Claire may be left for the family at

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