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Clara T. Gall, who retired in 1984 after teaching fifth and sixth grade in St. Mary's Elementary School, Lancaster, for 24 years, died Tuesday (Oct. 15, 1996) in her home in Lancaster. She was 78.

The former Clara Merkle was a lifelong resident of Lancaster and was an active volunteer.

She served five years as president and two years as vice president of the St. Mary's Ladies of Charity and for more than 10 years volunteered at the Lots of Clothes Store operated by the Diocesan Ladies of Charity on Broadway in Buffalo. She also was involved in the Ladies of Charity's outreach activities at St. Elizabeth's Home in Lancaster, Hopevale in Hamburg and Heritage House in Lancaster.

During her retirement years, she served as secretary of the St. Mary's Senior Citizens and was active in the Lancaster Senior Citizens, Lancaster Home Bureau, St. Elizabeth's Guild and Tifft Nature Preserve.

She was the widow of Harold F. Gall.

Survivors include two sons, Harold E. of Holland Patent and Wayne K. of Lancaster; a daughter, Clara L. Schreiner of Raleigh, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church, 1 St. Mary's Hill, Lancaster. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Lancaster.


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