Joan J. Clarkson|
Virginia Beach - Joan J. Clarkson passed away early in the morning of August 21st at Sentara Windermere Rehabilitation Center, Virginia Beach, where she was recovering from major surgery. Born and raised in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania she attended the Villanova University / Saint Mary's School of Nursing graduating in 1954. While there she met her husband, Edward J. Clarkson. They married in June 1955 and together embarked upon a 30 year career in the United States Marine Corps. Following their military service they relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin for 9 years then settled in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Joan is survived by three children, Katherine Clarkson Salzberg (Adam), Mary Beth Clarkson, and Lt Col Edward M. Clarkson, II (USMC retired) (Susan) and her five grandchildren, Rose, Nina, Robert, Ted (Molly) and Matthew. She is also survived by her Sister, Rosanne Snyder and Aunt, Delores Michalick.
She is preceded by her mother, Rose, and father, Stanley; her husband's parents, Irene and Edward, and her husband's brothers, Paul R. Clarkson and Michael J. Clarkson and their wives, Monica and Clare.
Joan was a strong, graceful, and stylish woman a woman ahead of her time, who balanced the demands, as a military wife, of raising a family and a full-time career as a Registered Nurse with the Department of the Navy and the Army, retiring from the Department of Veterans Affairs. She did this because she wanted the best for her family.
As Ted and Joan traveled the world, Joan developed long standing friendships with many.
A very special lady who will be greatly missed as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend but will stay in our hearts forever.
A memorial mass will be held at (10 A.M. on Friday, August 29th) at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church in Sandbridge, Virginia. Inurnment will follow at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. A reception in the common area of St. John the Apostle Church will follow the memorial mass.
Memorial donations may be made to The Sanctuary Project, St John the Apostle Church, 1968 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia, 23456 (www.sjavb.org).
Arrangements provided by H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., 2002 Laskin Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23454 and you may offer condolences to the family at www.hdoliver.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2014