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MARCH 25, 1918 -- APRIL 9, 2005

Clara P. Raisen of East Aurora, a dollmaker whose creations were exhibited at the Erie County Fair, died Saturday in Erie County Medical Center after a brief illness. She was 87.

Born Clara Cavanaugh in Buffalo, she had a great interest in the arts and was an accomplished painter and craftswoman.

For 12 years between the late 1950s and late 1960s, she was a tea room hostess at the Wm. Hengerer department store.

A former resident of Kenmore, she and her husband, Jack, moved to Asheville, N.C., in 1977. There, she organized a gourmet supper club for newcomers to that area.

The Raisens returned to this area in 1987.

Surviving in addition to her husband of 63 years are a daughter, Jill Raisen Buerk of Buffalo, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1080 Main St., where Mrs. Raisen's son-in-law, the Rev. John A. Buerk, is pastor. Burial in Forest Lawn is private.


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