Carmella Clark

CARMELLA ANN (INGRASSIA) CLARK, 93 ROCKFORD - Carmella Ann (Ingrassia) Clark, 93, died Monday, June 2, 2014, at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. Carmella was born on August 27, 1920, in Rockford, the daughter of Nunzio "Dell" and Rose (St. Angel) Ingrassia. Her father, Nunzio, was the first Italian-American alderman for the City of Rockford. Carmella graduated from Saint Anthony Grade School and Rockford High School. While working at Camp Grant during World War II, she met her soul mate, Leroy L. Clark, whom she married on November 12, 1944, in St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Rockford, and they were married for 66 wonderful years prior to his death on October 2, 2010. Along with her husband and brother, John, she owned and operated Ingrassia Furniture up until the time of her retirement in September 1982. She was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church and also of the National Catholic Society of Foresters, St. Anthony Court #674, for which she once served as President. She and her husband volunteered for the Cornucopia Food Pantry and Meals on Wheels for 20 years. Carm was a loving and caring wife, sister, aunt and cousin to her extended Clark and Ingrassia families, and was known for her quick wit, contagious laugh and selfless heart. She was a loyal friend and loving mentor to all; we are all blessed to have known her. Carm is survived by her sister, Vita Monti of Pearland, Texas; her aunts, Frances Ingrassia and Vita Ingrassia, both of Rockford; and her sisters-in-law, Viola Gardner of El Dorado, Kansas, and Yvonne Ingrassia of Spring, Texas. Survived also by numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends. In addition to her husband and parents, predeceased by her sister, Lillian Schneider, and her brothers, John, Michael and Reginald. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, June 9, 2014, at Holy Family Catholic Church, with Father Salvatore J. Guagliardo and Father Edward Seisser, officiating. A visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 8, 2014, at Fitzgerald & Funeral Home & Crematory, Riverside Chapel, 3910 North Rockton Avenue, with a rosary to be recited at 7 p.m. Visitation also from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Monday, June 9, at the church prior to the beginning of Mass. Burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (or through its website, To express online condolences, please visit:

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Published in Rockford Register Star from June 6 to June 7, 2014