Clarissa Ostern Brenna, 97, a resident of Green Lea Manor in Mabel, died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 25, 2013.

She was born Oct. 11, 1915, near Elgin, N.D., to John and Clara (Fossum) Ostern. When she was 4 years old the family moved to Minnesota and lived on the family farm southeast of Spring Grove.

She was confirmed in the Old Wilmington Lutheran Church at the age of 15. She attended Houston County District 58 rural schools and graduated from Spring Grove High School in 1934.

Clarissa married Leonard Brenna on Feb. 1, 1936. They started farming on the Gust Melby farm and moved to the Brenna family farm south of Mabel in 1945. They moved to the city of Mabel in 1981.

Clarissa was hired as the first kitchen manager at Green Lea Manor in Mabel and held that position for 14 years until her retirement.

She was a faithful member of Mabel First Lutheran Church and belonged to its WELCA.

Clarissa was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Clarence, Edwin, James, Kenneth and Ray, and her sisters, Mildred Manthey and Ella Breutzman.

She was also preceded in death by her husband of 75 years, a daughter, Meredith Sikkink, and an infant daughter.

Survivors include three children, Rita (Gilbert) Bergsrud of West Bloomfield, Mich., John (Alison) of Rochester, and Karen (Lewis) Whitmer of Waynesboro, Va.; a son-in-law, Robert Sikkink of Austin; and 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation on Friday, Feb. 1, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Mengis Funeral Home in Mabel. A funeral service will be held on at 11 a.m. on Feb. 2 at Mabel First Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be left at