WEB EXCLUSIVE: Local Icon Lost: Remembering Clara Hedin, the Kroll’s Lady

We are sad to tell you about the passing of one of our local icons.

CLARA: “So you think you’re gonna be my Kroll’s ladies?  Yes, Clara!  It’s not gonna be easy!  No, Clara!  Are you gonna make me proud?  Yes, Clara!  You’ve got to be kidding me…”

Clara Hedin, best known in our area as one of the Kroll’s Ladies, passed away last Thursday.

Clara spent more than a decade representing Kroll’s Diner as a sweet but sassy lady who told you to ‘Sit down and eat!’
Our own Alison Voorhees had the opportunity to interview Clara a few years ago, who told her to make her own audition for a Kroll’s Lady and Alison did just that.

Visitation will be Thursday, February 4, 2016, in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, Moorhead, from 4 to 6 PM, with a prayer service at 6 PM.

Funeral Mass will be Friday February 5, 2016, in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church at 11 AM with a luncheon to follow.

A private burial in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, MN, will occur at a later date.

Clara passed away at the age of 88.

Funeral arrangements are by Korsmo Funeral Service.  You can read her obituary if you click here.


The famous faces on the Kroll’s commercials have entertained people for years.

And now dozens of hopeful’s hungry for fame are auditioning for a chance to join the crew.

Judy Bristol worked up the nerve to take a shot at auditioning to be a Kroll’s Diner lady.

“I’m half German….I think I can dedicate the rest of my life to be a knoephla soup representative and wear the apron proudly,” said Bristol.

Many people lined up for the chance….each ready to give their best shot at one of their iconic sayings.

I felt it was only right that I give it a try.

If it wasn’t nerve–wracking enough, the original Clara was there to greet her future partner…letting them all know, what to expect.

“There’s the Kroll’s lady, there’s the Kroll’s lady, I hear it everywhere I go,” says Clara.

It wasn’t just ladies that showed up either…

“I think I did ok, as good as the next one…I hope I’m the one,” said Bristol

With her audition complete, it’s now time for Judy Bristol to sit and wait…to see if she’s chosen to be the next famous face to tell diner dashers in the area to “sit down “unt” eat!”

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