Laurann Clever

March 22, 1925 ‒ December 16, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Selfless love seems costly: fear can’t afford it, and pride doesn’t understand it, but to friends and family it is priceless.  Laurann Clever’s heart was so full of love – for her family – and for all people, that she naturally thought of the needs of others first. Kindness and compassion were more than character traits, for Laurann they were the source of her motivations.

An independent woman with an affable personality and ever-present glint in her eye, Laurann was peacefully delivered into the Lord’s care Sunday evening December 16, 2018 from OhioHealth Mansfield Hospital. She was 93.

Born Laurann Seneff in Westerville to parents Henry S. and Sylvia R. (Livingston) Seneff, she was graduated from Lexington High School in 1943. Shortly thereafter, she married her high school sweetheart Kenneth E. Clever, and they were blessed with three sons.

For decades she was a member of First Congregational Church in Lexington. She was active at Main Street United Methodist Church, where Laurann served in the food pantry and ministry to the homeless, and was active with the Priscilla Circle. She most recently placed her membership with First Congregational Church, Mansfield.

For several years, she worked at Kingwood Center. Her unique blend of class and elegance were a lovely fit to the reception desk and decorating team of the Big House. Laurann was a skilled calligrapher who enjoyed bird watching (binoculars were always handy). She delighted in the flowers of her gardens – enjoying so many varieties of daylilies – but the blooms she loved more dearly were the grandchildren and great-grandchildren in her family tree.

She is survived by sons David (Diane) Clever and Larry (Janet) Clever all of Mansfield and Alan (Kate) Clever of Overland Park, KS; 13 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren; four great great-grandchildren; a brother-in-law Tim Nash of Marblehead; a sister-in-law Helen (Ted) Swingle of St. Cloud, FL; step daughter Linda (Richard) Sweeney of Catawba; and a large extended family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth E. Clever in September 1977; her second husband Robert Graham in 1992; her daughter-in-law Susan Anderson Clever in 1994; and her sister Sylvia Nash.

The Clever family will receive guests on Thursday, December 20, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. Visitation continues Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. in the funeral home. Her funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home, led by the Revs. Bruce Haapalainen and Brian “Yogi” Durbin. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory to St. LaBre Indian School or OhioHealth Hospice may be made at the funeral home.

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  • Larry and family please accept our condolences on your mom’s passing! You were so lucky to have her for so long! Remember the good times!

  • Such a sad time to lose a loved one.
    She certainly had a fulfilling life.
    So sorry, Larry & Janet and your entire family for the loss of your mother.

  • Larry and family. Many many fond memories of your mom and dad in high school. Great time to grow up and great people to grow up around.

  • Prayers and condolence to the Clever Family. She was a class lady that you always felt blessed and welcome in her company.

  • Larry and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. What a full life she lived. How lucky you and your family are to have had her in your lives for such a long time.

  • So lovely to share this beautiful life now as she did with so many and with such love and joy! Peace be with your family.

  • Dave & Diane and family. So sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my prayers during this difficult time.
    Janet Maples

  • Rest in peace Grandma Clever. I hadn’t heard about your passing until it was too late. I’d meant to come visit, but you were gone before I could. Forever, that’s the time I will carry you and the memories of you in my heart. Every holiday you were sure to have a hug for me, every birthday a card reminding me I was in your thoughts. I’ve been blessed these 20 years to have you in my heart, and that’s a place you won’t leave for the next 20, and every 20 after until the day which I’m delivered to your arms for the hug I’m sure my arms will never cease to miss. Often it’s said, “gone, but not forgotten” and for a woman of your caliber, truer words have never been spoken. Forever in the hearts and souls of all the friends you’ve made, beast or human, you will NEVER be forgotten. I love you, Grandma. Rest peacefully, we’ll meet again.

  • There are not enough words to express my sadness over your Mom’s passing. As a child at church, I felt her love, as a young mother with children, I felt her love , tenderness and compassion. When my dad died it was Laurann who said to me Milt is fine and he and Kenny are talking about things at church and glad Ruthann and I are friends. It was your mom who went on a “road trip” with Karen, Darryl, and my mom to Las Vegas. That town was never the same!! She also traveled to Church Hill downs for the Breeder’s Cup on a cold November day. Your mom was the answer to a prayer, for she was such a comfort to my mom. I will remember her kind smile, her way of making you feel as though you were the only person in her life; although there were many.
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand and give you peace.
    Kathleen Welch Shaffer

  • Dear Dave, Larry, Al, et al —

    A bright light has surely gone out in our world with Ann’s death. She was a truly delightful lady who wore a smile everywhere she went. She was always at the top of our list of very favorite people, and we just couldn’t be sorrier that you and all who knew and loved her have lost her.

  • To the Clever family, Anne was such a very special lady , we had a lot of fun when i would call her, her phone would say “Cindy” is calling not Sandy so I started calling her “Nancy” what joy to have had her in my life.

  • To the Families of Dave, Larry and Al,
    Sincerest condolences on the passing of your Mom.
    I have warm childhood memories of your household.
    May you have Peace in this difficult time.

    Laurie Hafey (Snyder)

  • Dave, Larry and Al and families:
    My deepest condolences on the loss of your mom.
    She was one of a kind. Many many good memories of times spent in Lexington and your house. That she was selfless was very evident one year at my house. Dad was in the hospital with heart problems and mom had just returned home from the hospital after she fell and broke her hip. Your mom came down and stayed with us for 1 or 2 weeks and took care of mom. She was always a joy to be around. You are all in my prayers.

    Nancy Clever