Clara Mary (Bonsall) Peschau

March 16, 1921 ~ November 22, 2023 (age 102) 102 Years Old

Clara Peschau Obituary

Clara Mary Peschau, 102, of Sykesville, died peacefully on Wednesday, November 22, 2023 at the home of her daughter with her family by her side. Born March 16, 1921 in Baltimore she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Edith Smith Bonsall. She was the loving and devoted wife of Elmer Franklin Peschau who died September 29, 1998. Clara was retired from the Social Security Administration. During her younger years Clara was an excellent skater and gymnast. Walking was always a pastime and the beach a best friend. Her gardening skills were amazing. Any flower, be it indoor or outdoor would flourish from her care. Reading was her ultimate passion. She traveled the world in all the books she has read in her lifetime. She was still reading a stack of books each week, even during hospice care. Her favorite pastime was devoting her love to her friends, family, and especially her seven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. She loved going on vacations with her family. Clara’s biggest legacy was the emotional support she gave to many, many, people along the way. She was always kind, steady, compassionate & a woman of few material wants. She was patriotic and loved her country dearly. She enjoyed sitting in the sun on her deck. To know her was to love her! She is survived by son Lee Peschau and wife Melanie, daughter Renee Freedman and husband, Daniel, grandchildren Thomas Freedman and wife Taryn, Steve Freedman, Timothy Freedman and wife Christi, Jason Peschau and partner David Gerber, Jon Peschau and wife Kellie Peschau, Jillian Johnston and husband CJ Johnston and Sean Wotring, great grandchildren Addison Freedman, Claire Freedman, Gunner Freedman, Max Freedman, Grant Freedman, Berkley Freedman, Chloe Freedman, Luna Freedman, Drake Peschau, Autumn Peschau and Kaylee Tomlin She was preceded in death by sister Sara Begly. A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, December 1, 2023, 7:00 PM at the Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home, 6028 Sykesville Road, Eldersburg, MD. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, sympathies may be expressed in the form of contributions to Bridginglife Hospice, 292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157. Online condolences may be made at

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December 1, 2023

6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home
6028 Sykesville Road
Eldersburg, Maryland 21784

Celebration of Life
December 1, 2023

7:00 PM
Jeffrey N. Zumbrun Funeral Home
6028 Sykesville Road
Eldersburg, Maryland 21784


292 Stoner Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157, AL


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