Barbara Jean Claussen, 71, visual artist and professor from Lauderdale, died of acute leukemia on Sept. 18, 2021.

She was a painter of acrylic and mixed media, and taught art at the University of Northwestern–St. Paul.

She studied art education at Mankato State University and received her MFA at the University of Minnesota.

She was predeceased by her parents Charles and Jean Kraus, and is survived by husband Rand, daughters Annette and Stephanie, sister Diane Hanke and brother Bruce Kraus.

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