A gathering of family and friends will take place Saturday, Aug. 1, for the 3-year-old Osakis girl who died after being pulled from the water at a public swimming beach in southern Otter Tail County last Friday, July 24.
Clare Glenetske died on Sunday, July 26, at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. She is the daughter of Chris and Louisa Glenetske of Osakis. Louisa is a math teacher in the Brandon-Evansville School District. Chris works for the U.S. Postal Service. Clare has four older siblings – Lucy, Isabel, Thomas and Ruby.
A visitation will take place Friday, July 31, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the St. John Vianney Parish Hall, 18910 Ellipse Loop, Long Prairie, with a parish rosary to begin that evening at 8 p.m.
The family is inviting the public to the gathering of friends and family, which will be held open house style due to COVID-19 restrictions. The gathering will take place at the Osakis VFW from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 1.
Clare Glenetske was born on Jan. 25, 2017, in Alexandria, according to her obituary on the Roy-Hetland Funeral Home website.
She was born with bright red hair and she had a “spit-fire personality.” Family members said she liked to draw. And in fact, the obituary says, she didn’t always need brushes or paints to create her little masterpieces as they found them scratched with a rock into the family car.
They said she was gifted with an amazing imagination, had a happy disposition, could always be heard singing or showing off her dancing talents and had a natural ability to bring a smile and warm people’s hearts.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the family and donations are being accepted at the First National Bank of Osakis, 211 Central Ave., Osakis MN 56308. Make checks payable to Clare Bear Fundraiser.
From the sheriff’s office
According to a report from the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, CPR was already in progress when first responders were called to Eagle Lake, which is about seven miles south of Battle Lake. The initial 911 call came in at 2:14 p.m. on Friday, July 24.
Glenetske was taken by a LifeLink III medical helicopter and transported to the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office, Ashby Ambulance, Ringdahl Ambulance, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Battle Lake Police Department all responded to the scene, according to the sheriff’s report.
Lt. Keith Van Dyke with the Otter Tail Sheriff’s Office said because this is an active investigation yet, no further information is available at this time. He said he is reviewing all the reports from multiple agencies and that it could be a couple of weeks before more information is available.