Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana


September 30, 2013

Clara Frances Brandes, 79

Clara Frances Brandes, 79, Milan, passed away Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at Manderley Health Care Center, Osgood.

The daughter of the late Linden Judge Centers and Carrie (Schokley) Centers was born Feb. 7, 1934. After the death of her father at age 3, her mother was remarried to William Kirby and together they raised her.

Clara was a housewife her entire life and enjoyed her kids and grandkids.

Those left to honor Clara's memory include sons Linden (Yvonne) Brandes, Brookville, Ralph (Denise) and Greg (Pam) Brandes, Milan, and Gary (Doris) Brandes, Batesville; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and brothers Walter Centers, Venice, Fla., Robert Centers, Lawrenceburg, and Donald Centers, Aurora.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Linden Caleb and, just recently, Olie Centers; and sisters Mariam, Lucille and Lucinda.

Friends and family may visit from 10 a.m. until the 1 p.m. service Friday, Oct. 4, at Cook Funeral Home, Sunman. Burial will follow in the Old Milan Cemetery, Milan.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation or American Diabetes Association. Personal condolences can be left for the family at

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