Opal L. Clark

Clark, Opal L.

Opal Lucille Clark (nee Nelson), age 91 of Oshkosh, formerly of Berlin and Wautoma, passed away peacefully Wednesday evening, May 7, 2014, under the care of Heartland Hospice at Century Oaks in Oshkosh where she had been residing. She was surrounded by the love of her family.

Opal was born September 22, 1922, in Poy Sippi, a daughter of Albert and Alice (Hall) Nelson. She married George Francis "Shorty" Clark June 17, 1939 at Poygan. Shorty preceded Opal in death Feb. 10, 1986 after nearly 47 years of marriage.

Opal was raised in the Poy Sippi area and attended school there. After her marriage to Shorty, the couple moved to Milwaukee, and lived there, in Oshkosh, Florida, and then Redgranite. The Clarks farmed in the Berlin and Redgranite area prior to moving to the City of Berlin 53 years ago in 1961. While living in Berlin, Opal had been employed at Kolpin Brothers Manufacturing , where she was a stitcher, and at Carrie Craft. She also did day care in her home both in Berlin and in Wautoma. Following George's death in 1986, Opal moved to Wautoma, and lived there until moving to Oshkosh to live with her daughter, Susan in 2005. Opal had lived at Bella Vista and Bethel Home in Oshkosh before moving to Century Oaks 2½ years ago.

She is a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church in Redgranite, and had been a member of the former St. Michael's and St. Joseph's Catholic Churches in Berlin. Opal was a member of the Berlin V.F.W. and Berlin American Legion Auxiliaries. She served as a volunteer at the Berlin Memorial Hospital, and the County Cupboard thrift shop of Wautoma. Opal loved her family and greatly enjoyed family gatherings and playing cards. She loved all kinds of flowers.

Survivors include 3 daughters, Sue Filtz of of Oshkosh; Gloria Trice of New London; and JoAnn Ferch of Montello; 2 sons, Jim (Roberta) Clark of Redgranite and Hurley, WI; and Jerry (Sherrie) Clark of Oshkosh; 24 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren, 9 great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.

Opal was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, George; a son, Norman Clark, a daughter, Carolynn Morehouse, 2 daughters-in-law, Sharron Clark and Pamela Clark; a sister, Arlene Lichtfuss; 4 brothers, Melvin, Hubert, Arnold, and Merlin (Lucille) Nelson; 4 grandchildren, Angela, Michael, Shane, and Donald; and 2 great-grandchildren, Anthony and Jazlynn; and in-laws, Don and Dorothy Clark, Harlan Clark, Jim Clark, Gordon and Margaret Frakes.

FUNERAL SERVICES for Opal L. Clark will be held Monday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Catholic Church, 228 Church Street in Redgranite, where the Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated by Father William Van De Kreeke. Following these Services, there will be a time of fellowship and refreshment in the St. Mark's Parish Hall before going to the Berlin Oakwood Cemetery for Burial.

VISITATION: Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Ruminski Funeral Home in Redgranite. There will be a Parish Rosary Vigil at 7:45 Sunday evening at the Funeral Home. There will be further visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday morning prior to the Mass at ST. Mark's Catholic Church, Redgranite.

A Memorial has been established in Opal's memory.

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Published in Oshkosh Northwestern from May 9 to May 10, 2014