SHINGLEHOUSE, Pa. - Janice M. "Jannie" Clark, 79, of Shinglehouse, passed away in her home with her loving family by her side Monday (May 19, 2014) after a courageous battle with Lou Gehrig's disease.
Born on Sept. 15, 1934, in Roulette, she was a daughter of Leonard and Cynthia Dumond Allison. Jannie was raised by her foster parents, Cleon and Dora Hubbell. On May 27, 1955, in Shinglehouse, she married Merle D. Clark, who survives.
Jannie was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School, Class of 1952. She was employed as an executive secretary to the president of Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in Olean, N.Y.
She attended the Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Shinglehouse. She was a driving force in the Oswayo Valley Alumni Association, with emphasis on providing scholarships to meet the graduate's educational goals. She was a charter member of the former Oswayo Valley Lions Club in Shinglehouse, having held several offices. Jannie, along with her husband, volunteered at the Oswayo Valley Senior Center in Shinglehouse, where she served on the board of directors and was very active with the Meals on Wheels program. She was a member of the Oswayo Valley Historical Society in Shinglehouse.
Surviving besides her husband are two sons, Merle D. "Chip" Clark and Guy S. (Rachelle) Clark, both of Shinglehouse; four grandchildren, Kasia R. (Jason) Frawley, Jared D. Clark, Amber L. (Joel) Harriger and Allison R. Clark; two great-grandchildren, Ryan M. Clark and Cooper J. Frawley; two sisters, Joyce Bailey of Avis and Jacque (Donald) Miller of Burtonsville, Md.; three brothers, Robert (Joann) Allison of Jersey Shore, Thomas "Roy" (Connie) Allison of Marion, Ind., and Ronald (Shirley) Allison of Hummelstown; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and foster parents, Jannie was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers.
Friends may call today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 S. Union St., Shinglehouse, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (May 22, 2014), with the Rev. James Haddon, pastor of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, Shinglehouse, officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery, Shinglehouse.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to the A.L.S. Foundation for Life, P.O. Box 97, Natick, MA 01760; or to the Oswayo Valley Senior Center, P.O. Box 671, Shinglehouse, PA 16748. To express condolences or share a fond memory of Jannie, visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.