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Stuart Peter Clem

May 5, 1944 — November 30, 2022

Pine City

Stu Clem passed away at his home Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at the age of 78 after living nearly a decade with Alzheimer’s disease.

Stuart Peter Clem was born May 5, 1944 to George and Helen (Petersen) Clem in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He had one sister Cleo to welcome him home. 

At age 16, Stu completed training at Dunwoody to be a baker. During his lifetime, he completed a variety of courses at the University of Minnesota and St. Scholastica. Stu was a lifelong student, always up for learning new things. He served in the Minnesota National Guard from 1963-1969. Working alongside Dick Gregor, Stu learned the residential building trade. He went on to build homes and happily pursued many different building projects (big and small) for the rest of his life.  

In 1966, Stu married Linda Fulks (Eck), they had two daughters, Georgy and Jackie.

Stu’s employment was as varied as his interests; professional baker, builder, banker and handyman. In 1966, he joined the Clem Agency with his father and sold real estate and insurance. Perhaps one of his most interesting jobs was the time he spent working as a Tugboat Crew member on the St. Louis River.

In 1982, Stu married Donna Sivigny, together they enjoyed 40 happy years of marriage; working, traveling, running races and spending time with family and friends.

Stu loved his family. He was a wonderful husband, father and was adored by his grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He loved nature and working outdoors. He had a wonderful sense of humor and loved laughing. Stu was a fan of all sports, but it was in running he found his true passion in life. Together, Stu and Donna took part in countless races. Frequently Stu placed at or near the top of his age category. Many of the runners he and Donna met over the years became lifelong friends.

Stu is survived by his loving wife Donna Clem; daughters Georgy (Jay) Shanahan all of Pine City, Jackie Clem (Chris Whiting) of Pasadena, California; grandchildren Samuel, Sophia, Ellie Clem-Whiting,  Isaac, William, Margaret, Helen, Colleen Shanahan; brothers/sisters-in-law Bob (Rita) Sivigny, Dan (Rita) Sivigny all of Pine City, Ron Sivigny (Peg Skalicky) of Beroun, Sue Sivigny, Randy (Jessica) Sivigny all of Pine City; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents George and Helen Clem; sister Cleo Kirkwood; brother-in-law Robert Kirkwood; aunt Sarah Clem; nephew Weylon Wiedemann; great-nephew Ryan Kirkwood; mother-in-law Faith Sivigny; father-in-law Don Sivigny.

Pastor Tim Adams will officiate at funeral services for Stu: 11 AM; Friday (12/9) at Journey North Church in Pine City. A time of visitation and reviewal is planned from 5-8 PM Thursday (12/8) at the Swanson Funeral Chapel in Pine City and also one hour prior to the service at the church.

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the: Funeral and Cremation Service of Pine City, Swanson Chapel.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, December 8, 2022

5:00 - 8:00 pm (Central time)

Swanson Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service

665 3rd Ave SW, Pine City, MN 55063


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Friday, December 9, 2022

10:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

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Funeral Service

Friday, December 9, 2022

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

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