Clara Josephine Karas (Somers) Embs, age 95, passed away peacefully early Tuesday morning, September 13, 2011, at Northwoods Assisted Living Facility, in Escanaba, where she currently resided.
Clara Josephine Karas (Somers) Embs was born August 15, 1916, in Menominee, the daughter of Frank and Helen (Topinka) Karas. The Karas family moved to Escanaba in approximately 1929, where Clara finished school, attended Escanaba High school graduating in 1934, attended Escanaba Freshman College for one year, then Northern State Teachers College, graduating in 1939. Her major was Physical Education with a minor in teaching string instruments. During these years Clara and her sister, Elsie, were tennis champs, in Escanaba, as well as active with their music.
Clara taught Physical Education in Baraga and Wakefield, from 1939-1942, and married State Trooper Richard Somers on March 15, 1942. The couple moved to Battle Creek where Mr. Somers was stationed during the war. He preceded her in death in 1947 of kidney disease.
Clara and her son Tommy moved back to Escanaba after the death of her father, Frank Karas, in 1948, and started her career teaching strings in the junior and senior high schools as well as the outlying grade schools. She was active in PEO, string ensembles, playing for many events in the area. They spent many happy summer days on the Escanaba River at her brother Bill