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Leslie H. Clark, 82, Rockford, died at 8:56 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012 in Rockford Memorial Hospital. Born July 30, 1930 in Rockford, daughter of Jack and Nelly Lindsay Reid. Graduated from West High School, attended Northern Illinois University and received her b achelor's degree from Governor's State University; married Lawrence G. Clark, DVM, on July 27, 1953, in Rockford. He predeceased her on Oct. 7, 2008. She retired from a long teaching career in Florida, having also taught in Nicaragua and Crete, IL. She had a loving tolerance of children, was proud of her profession and always considered it a privilege to be a mentor to many children. She was a member of the Rockledge Presbyterian Church in Rockledge, FL, where she had also been a Sunday School teacher. She belonged to a painting group in Florida and was active in Habitat For Humanity. Along with her husband, and because of her love of animals, she was actively involved with the Christian Veterinarian Mission in Nicaragua. Leslie was a woman with a joyful spirit who was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Survivors include her daughters, Lisa (Mark) Florczak and Wanda (Kevin) Myers; sons, James (Debbie) Clark and William (Lisbeth) Clark; grandchildren, Brian, Lindsay (Justin), Laura Jane, Kelsey, Mark, Lauren, Reid, Elena and Paul; great-grandchild, Gracie Jane; daughter-in-law, Linda Clark; and cousin, Scottie (Jack) Lichtenheld. Also predeceased by her parents; son, John Clark; and brother, William Reid. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012, in Johns Chapel at Wesley Willows Retirement Center with Rev. Bruce Main officiating. Burial in Scandinavian Cemetery. Memorial visitation beginning at 10:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wesley Willows Good Samaritan Fund. The family was assisted by Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Riverside Chapel , 3910 N. Rockton Ave. Express condolences and share memories at: www.fitzgeraldfh.com.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Oct. 5, 2012
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