Clarice Ann Staff

Clarice Ann Staff

November 28, 1935 – April 9, 2020
Age 84 of Minneapolis. She was born in 1935 in Virginia, Minnesota to Clarence and Alice (Brude) Staff. She graduated from high school in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1953 and later attended Lutheran Bible Institute in Minneapolis. She received a BA degree and a Distinguished Alumni award from Augsburg College, Minneapolis. She earned her MSW and DSW degrees from Columbia University. She founded a consulting company, Staff Services, and later became the treasurer of Boricua College. She returned to Minneapolis to teach at Augsburg College. Clare enjoyed listening to classical music and reading. She joined the Freedom Riders to challenge racism in the South following the Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. She was a counselor at Camp Sharparoon, a camp serving children from Harlem, and often spoke of a camper who was one of the Little Rock Nine. In Manhattan she enjoyed selling “junque” at flea markets with her dear friend, Helen McDonald. She had a lifetime interest in genealogy and was the family archivist. A highlight of her research efforts was a trip to Alesund, Norway, where she was honored as a descendent of Ole Brude, a relative who had designed and sailed a life raft from Alesund to Gloucester, MA in 1904. Parkinson’s hampered her ability to communicate in the final years of her life, but she continued to make friends of staff and residents of Augustana and Jones Harrison. She was preceded in death by her parents, aunts and uncles and is survived by her sisters, twins Dorothy Brugge (John) and Barbara Johanneson and brothers, Ronald (Paula) and Gordon (Kim). She is greatly missed by her family and friends. A celebration of Clare’s life will take place later. Contact Gordon at gstaffdc@gmail.com to be included. Donations are preferred to Jones-Harrison or the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. (Published in the Star Tribune on April 19, 2020)