Janet Teckla Kleier Clawson

May 21, 2022

Janet Teckla Kleier Clawson, 89, of Colfax was born on June 1, 1932 and her Heavenly Home-Going was on May 21, 2022.  She was born in Long Island, New York to Edward and Teckla (Schinner) Kleier.  She was named after the movie star Janet Gaynor.  Janet had an older brother, Roland, and a younger sister, Barbara.  She mostly grew up in New Jersey, but her family moved several times as her father sought work during the Depression.  At the age of 10, Janet began using an old sewing machine which was the beginning of her love of sewing.

In 1951, Janet worked at International Printer’s Ink, producing ink that colored boxes for Oxydol and Tide.  Later that year, she attended Newark City Hospital Nursing School.  The following year, her family moved to California where Janet worked in an osteopathic hospital as an undergrad nurse.  Her bi-monthly check was $52, her dad kept all of it but $10.  One day Janet and Barbara walked down the street from their home to get ice cream.  Two Marines drove by and flirted with the girls.  One of them, Herbert Clawson, was smitten with Janet and in 1953 the two were married.

The happy couple moved to Indiana, where Herb was from, and eventually settled in Colfax.  They had four children and became involved in the community.  The family joined Colfax Christian Church, where Janet taught the preschool Sunday school class from 1966 until 2020.  In 1969, Janet was asked to teach Kindergarten which was first held at the library.  Without a degree in education, Janet sought advice and recommendations from local teachers and made her own materials.  Many of her Sunday School and Kindegarten students remained friends with her to the day of her death.

Janet loved her church and her friends.  She faithfully attended every week, even when she was in pain, which was true the week before her death.  She was a “grandma” to so many people and helped make God’s family bigger by teaching others about Jesus.

Another love of Janet’s was working at the Colfax Public Library.  She checked out books and brought joy to everyone who entered for over 40 years.  In fact, she continued working one day a week until a few days before her death.

Janet has influenced numerous people throughout her life as she showed the love of Jesus through her teaching and sewing projects.  She had a servant’s heart, and as a self-taught seamstress, she made Christmas gifts every year for her preschool students and grandkids, great-grandkids and friends’ kids!  Some of her greatest joys included being “Mamaw” and spending time with her grands.  No doubt when she entered heaven, she was greeted by her Savior with these words, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”  Her legacy continues as her descendants and pupils spread the seeds of Jesus’s love she has scattered throughout the years.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Donation may be made in Janet’s honor to Disabled American Veterans, 575 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN  46204 or Colfax Christian Church.

Visitation and Services

Friends may visit 4-8 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2022 at Colfax Christian Church, 314 S. Clark Street, Colfax. A Funeral Service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, May 27, 2022 at the church.  Burial will follow the service in Plainview Cemetery, Colfax.  Archer-Weston Funeral & Cremation Center, 501 E. Clinton Street, Frankfort is honored to assist the Clawson family. 

Survived by:

Surviving are her Sister: Barbara McGuinness of Tucson, AZ; Daughter: Mala (Dennis) Moody of Terre Haute; Son: Mark (Susie) Clawson of Frankfort; Daughter: Mindi (Grant) Whaley of Lafayette; 8 Grandchildren: Charity Moody (Dennis) Henico, Andrew (Tricia) Moody, Matthew (Whitney) Moody, Jeremy (Brooke) Clawson, Justin (Megan) Clawson, Ethan (Heather) Whaley, Eli (Whitney) Whaley, and Hannah Whaley (Ryan) Baker.  Among her descendants are 21 Great-Grandchildren, with another due in August, along with many nieces and nephews. 

Preceded by:

She was preceded in death by her parents: Edward and Teckla, her brother: Roland Kleier, Husband: Herbert (2016), son: Matt (1986, and grandson: Jonathan Clawson (2016).


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6 Condolences for “Janet Teckla Kleier Clawson”

  1. Bonnie Davis May 23, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    I consider myself blessed to have the privilege of knowing her ❤️ I will miss her so much!!💔 My prayers are with you all!🙏

  2. Scott & Annette Nydegger May 24, 2022 at 9:37 pm


    I am sorry for the loss of Your Mother! I loved Janet and She always had time to say Hi or talk when we would see Her at Church! She was definitely One of a Kind! All the kids Loved Her and how many of them as well had their children in one of Janet’s class over the years! All the “Special Christmas Gifts” She handmade with Love for Her Special Class! She will be missed but we all know She is having a Family reunion up in Heaven! She was such a Sweet Gal, our prayers are with Your entire family as You go thru the next few days of services. She might have missed Her Big birthday coming up but has moved on to Her new Heavenly address! The great thing is we will see Her again someday and I can make Her laugh and we can all celebrate together once again!
    We will Miss Her!
    Scott and Annette Nydegger

  3. Rod and Beth (Schaeffer) Clouser May 24, 2022 at 10:18 pm

    Dear Mala, Mark and Mindi,
    We are so sorry you lost your mom, and just before her big party. She was an angel here on earth, and now in heaven. What an impact she had on so many lives! She was always fun and a good friend to my mom, Carol, and they kept in touch through the years. The Clawson’s and the Schaeffer’s had some good times! I’m thinking way back to the 1960’s all the way through the 80’s and more to VBS in Colfax, and what would Rod’s mom, Lorene, have done without her? We cherish those memories! We visited her in the library a couple of times toward the end of Marvin’s life, and there she was, always a worker bee.
    Our condolences to all of your families as you remember a Christian life well spent.

  4. Steven Spencer May 26, 2022 at 8:44 pm

    Mala, Mark and Mindi (Hock)!
    Many fond memories ramble through my mind when I think of Janet and the entire Clawson family. One cannot make a summation of such a life except, “Well done, good and faithful servant”! I count it a privilege and a blessing to have known Janet throughout my life and the countless times together at Colfax Christian. I am confident her prayer for all those she adored in the preschool class would be may all who come behind me find me faithful. Amen!

  5. Erilda & Ron Coleman May 29, 2022 at 6:44 am

    Dear Mark & Suzie & Family,
    So very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Sending our deepest sympathy & prayers of comfort. Know you will miss her bunches. God Bless – Ron & Erilda Coleman – Foley, AL

  6. Robin Zook June 14, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    I was so sorry to here of Janet’s passing. She was truly a wonderful woman. She will be missed by so many. I have so many memories of her from when I was a child. I was glad to get to see her about 3 years ago. I will be thinking and praying for all of the family. Love you all. Robin Wills Zook

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