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Clara Oberst Masley

Clara Oberst Masley, age 98, of Newark, DE, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, April 19, 2020 in her apartment at Millcroft where she lived independently for the past seven years.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, Clara was the daughter of the late Joseph and Sadie Oberst. She was a member of Holy Family Church and always looked forward to going to Sunday mass. Clara enjoyed the activities, new friendships and the kindness of the Millcroft staff.  Before moving out of her home in Chestnut Hill Estates she was involved in the women’s group at Holy Family, Newark Senior Center, German Saengerbund, organ lessons, Red Hat Society, and went on many Holy Family Leisure group trips with her late husband Tom.  She volunteered at the Little Sisters of the Poor and Hope Dining room.  In her early years before having 5 children, she worked 11 years at Liberty Mutual Insurance in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Clara always wore a smile and didn’t let life bring her down. She always kept up with current events and was on top of things. She made good decisions which enabled her to enjoy life.    We will all miss her wisdom and advice. 

In addition to her parents, Clara was preceded in death by her husband, Tom Masley; son, Frank Masley; brothers, William, Joe, Edward and George; and son-in-law, Roy. She is survived by her daughters, Sarah Steffen, Mary Hoffecker, Margaret Cobb (John), Jane Carter (Jimmie); 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Helen Oberst of Atlanta, GA; and daughter-in-law, Donna Masley.

All services will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made in Clara’s name by mail to Little Sisters of the Poor, 185 Salem Church Road, Newark, DE 19713 or online at www.littlesistersofthepoordelaware.org, or Holy Family Church, 15 Gender Road, Newark, DE 19713.


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6 Condolences for Clara Oberst Masley

  • Clara: I have known you for 45 years, and have aways thought of you as a caring soul, your warmth will be missed, say hello to your husband Tom, and your son, Francis for me

  • To the family of Clara. My Husband Jim Sample and I are very very sorry to hear about the death of your mother Clara. She was so loved by everyone here at Millcroft. I have played bingo with Clara for 3-1/2 years and my husband Jim has also played with both Clara and me for the past year and one half. We would sit with Clara and her daughter in the other end of the pew at Mass on Sunday at Holy Family Church. It will not be the same without her. She will certainly be missed by all here at Millcroft . Please accept our condolences to all of Clara’s family. One of the best things in our life has been to know and to love your Mother. Our prayers and love are with all of you.

    Nancy Klein Sample and Jim Sample

  • I was sorry to hear about the death of your dear Mom. I have lots of memories from a long long time ago of being greeted by her when I would stop off, on the way to the bus stop, to walk with Sarah. Your Mom had such a warm smile and was always so sweet and kind to us.

  • I’m so sorry to hear that Clara has passed away. I have so
    many happy memories of spending time in her home with
    Sarah and Mary. Clara always made me feel welcome. She
    was an absolute sweetheart.

  • Prayers for Miss Clara’s family. She will be dearly missed by all at Millcroft. May God Hold Her in The Palm of His Hand Until You Meet Again.

  • I was so saddened to read of Mrs. Masley’s death. I consider myself to have been very fortunate to have known the Masley family as a neighbor, coach, and teacher. She and Mr. Masley were such genuinely warm, and gracious people. They can rest in piece knowing of their success in raising their family and providing us all with so many fond memories.