Clara Zerbe Putnam Fish, of 4855 Texas Creek Road, Morris, Pa., daughter of the late Emerson and Elizabeth Zerbe, affectionately known as "Tater," passed away Aug. 19, 2012, in Greenfield Ind.
Clara graduated from Oregon Hill Elementary School, attended Wellsboro Jr. and Sr. High School and graduated from Lincoln School of Nursing in Los Angeles, Calif.
As a believer in the woman's liberation movement Clara was the first woman to be hired by Continental Grain, Norfolk and Western yard and became the first woman diesel engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. She opened the door for other women to be hired.
She is survived by a son, Robert A. Putnam of Virginia Beach, Va.; two daughters, Daunn E. Putnam of Strongsville, Ohio and Hallee Ann (Michael) McGlaughlin, of Fairland, Ind., where she resided the past seven years.
There are six grandchildren, Natalie, Lacy, Autumn, Ryan, Ashlee and Ran-Dee; also four great-grandchildren, Michael, Andrew, Cameron and Taylor Ann.
Also surviving is a sister, Elizabeth Ann Gehr and two brothers, Paul and Roy (Anna) Zerbe.
Mom loved cooking for her family, playing bingo, and cats, but most of all her children.
Per Clara's wishes, there will be no visitation or services. Cremation is her desire and her ashes will be scattered at the family farm in Morris, Pa., Sunday Sept. 2 at 9 a.m.
All family and friends are welcome. Condolences may be sent to Hallee McGlaughlin, 7081 N. Frontage Road, Fairland, IN 46126.
Submitted by family.