RUSSELL -- Mrs. Joan B. Clarke, 81, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 while under the care of Hospice and Palliative Care of the St. Lawrence Valley.
Joan was born October 12, 1936 in Manchester, NH; daughter of the late Marcel and Florence (Coverly) VanDerBeken. She graduated from West High School in New Hampshire. On August 19, 1954, Joan was married to John C. “Calvin” Clarke in Wichita Falls, Texas. She worked in the cafeteria at Knox-Memorial Central School and later in dining services at SUNY Canton. Joan enjoyed shuffleboard, play cards, pedro parties, and she and Calvin bowled in the co-ed league at the Canton Club.
Joan was a communicant of St. Rene’s Church in Russell and later St. Mary’s Church of Canton.
Joan is survived by three children, Joni (Robin) Tressider of Russell; John (Darlene) Clarke of Canton and Daniel Clarke and companion Peggy Cardinal of Russell; a sister, Patricia Flewelling of Manchester, NH and grandchildren; great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
She is predeceased by her husband John C. “Calvin” Clarke and by a daughter, Cathy Clarke Folsom.
Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Vincent de Paul; 58 Progress Parkway, Maryland Heights, MO 63043.
Fond memories and condolences may be shared online at www.olearyfuneralservice.com
Arrangements for Mrs. Joan B. Clarke are under the care of the O’Leary Funeral Service of Canton.