obituary header
Welcome to the memorial page for

Clara Belle (Graf) Brownlee

March 28, 1922 ~ December 13, 2017 (age 95)

Obituary Image

Clara Belle Graf Brownlee

95, passed away on Wednesday December 13, 2017 gracefully in the peace of her sleep.

Clara Belle was born March 28, 1922 in Oakford, Indiana (Howard County) to her late parents George Graf and Lucretia Ally Graf. She was preceded in death by her husband William Ebert Brownlee, brothers; Dale, Joseph, Johnny, and Sister Beatrice Pfotenhauer.

Clara Belle graduated from Sharpsville High School in 1940.

She was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star.

She married her best friend William “Bill” Brownlee who was a 33rd Degree Master Mason of The Free & Accepted Masons of the State of Indiana, Sharpsville Reserve Lodge No. 363, served in the Army National Guard, was an Entrepreneur, and never knew a stranger which was how he met Clara Belle Graf, the Love of his Life. They then adopted their only child Peggy Jo.

Clara Belle “Mamaw” is survived by her daughter Peggy Jo Schaub (Gregory); two grandsons Paul (Kellie) and Patrick (Brittanie) Schaub. Seven great grandchildren; Avery, Evan, Addison, Ella, Ian, Lillie, and Joseph. Nieces; Donna Williford (Mitch), Karen Michael (Ed), Karla Katterhenry (Jim), Elyce Meilstrup (Ron), and Terry Pfotenhauer (deceased) (Sue).

Mamaw truly enjoyed spending time with all of her family and the delight of her life was her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a homemaker, avid Pacer fan, worked in multiple factory jobs, and retired from Wavetek in Beech Grove. She also volunteered at the Children’s Guardian Home.

Clara Belle Brownlee was the definition of a True Country Lady, with a Heart of Gold, and a Sharp Mind that would let you know whatever was on top of it.  Clara Belle will Truly be missed by all of her Family, Friends, and Loved Ones.

Family and Friends will gather on Sunday December 17, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home 1458 S. Meridian St. A Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Gerald Kirkhoff on Monday, December 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Roch Catholic Church.  Burial will follow at Washington Park East.

Memorial Contributions have been suggested to the National Breast Cancer Foundation or St. Roch Catholic Church. Arrangements and care were provided by Lauck & Veldhof Funeral & Cremation Services. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

Charitable donations may be made to:

National Breast Cancer Foundation

St. Roch Catholic Church
3600 S. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46227,
Tel: 317-784-1763

 Service Information

December 17, 2017

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Lauck & Veldhof Funeral Home
1458 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46225

Rite Of Christian Burial
December 18, 2017

10:00 AM
St. Roch Catholic Church
3600 S. Pennsylvania St.
Indianapolis, Indiana 46227

© 2018 Lauck & Veldhof Funeral and Cremation Services. All Rights Reserved. Funeral Home website by CFS