Claudia “Precious” Verla Milow of Plymouth, Minn. passed away on March 25, 2010 at Golden Valley Rehabilitation and Care Center. She was 69.
Born on April 9, 1940 in St. Paul, Minn., she was raised in Fairmont, Minn., where she graduated from Fairmont High School. Claudia was an amazing person. Anyone who had the privilege to meet her would tell you that she was the kindest spirit. She spent her days reaching out her hand to anyone in need. This would often take the shape of a kind ear, a good meal or just being there. When she would enter a room, it would light up from her presence. Her giving nature extended beyond those with whom she was acquainted as she often gave of herself and her talents. This was anything from donating treat bags at Halloween for children who were at a women’s shelter, to giving massages to her daughter’s college student friends before exams. Besides the amazing meals that she would make and share, really her best talent was just listening and providing words of comfort.
Claudia volunteered her time at many organizations over the years, but probably her most favorite was when she volunteered at C.R.O.W. (Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc.) on Sanibel, where Claudia and her husband, Carl, had a winter home.
Milow is survived by her husband of 50 years, Carl Milow of Plymouth, Minn., her three children and their spouses, Quinn and Diane Compo Milow of Mound, Minn., Chris and Jill Milow of Forest Lake, Minn., Robin and Michael Wosje of Virginia Beach, Va., her five grandchildren, Stevee Milow, Jake and Josh Anderson, and Nicholas and Emma Bea Wosje, her brother, Quinn Peterson and his wife, Vera of Osceola, Wisc., her brother-in-law, Jim Milow and his wife Linda of Corcoran, Minn. and sister-in-law, Madonna Milow of Fairmont, Minn. as well as many nieces and nephews.
She is also survived by many friends with a special mention to those of the First Lutheran Church crowd. Lastly, she is survived by Tigger and Pooh-Bear, her beloved cats.
Milow is predeceased by her parents, Rita and Vernie Peterson, her grandmother, Beatrice Koehntopp, her brother-in-law, Frank Milow, and her closest and dearest friend, Nancy Jones of Sanibel.
Memorial gifts may be made to STEP St. Louis Park Emergency Program (www.stepslp.org) or the Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, Inc. (www.crowclinic.org).