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Mary J. Clarke

Berkeley Township - Mary J. Clarke (nee Fetherston) age 78 of Berkeley Township, NJ passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family on March 16, 2018. Mary was predeceased by her beloved husband of 55 years Thomas W. Clarke in 2015. Born in Lisdrumneill, Fairymount, Castlereagh, Co. Roscommon, Ireland to Patrick & Bridget Fetherston, Mary emigrated to NYC in 1956 where she met and married Tom in 1960. They eventually settled in Bergen County, NJ to raise their family where they lived for 37 years until moving to Toms River in 1998.

Mary loved her family and friends with all her heart. She loved dancing and singing songs and was an avid gardener. As a mom, she insisted that her children brush their teeth, sit down for dinner, say please and thank you and go to church. She welcomed people into their home that filled it with joy and laughter, hosted many parties and always had to have cake in the house for company. Mary knew her children's friends and they knew hers and everyone was welcome in her home. She used to joke that she was feeding the neighborhood. She taught her children to be kind and set an example by always volunteering where help was needed. She was the class mother, lunch lady, car pool queen, bingo lady and worked all the snack bars. Mary obtained her realtors license and worked for Weichert Realty and then later worked for Grand Union as a front-end manager. As a parishioner of St. Joseph's R.C. Church, Toms River, she was a Eucharistic Minister and member of the Rosary Altar Society for many years. She was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians of Toms River and a past president of the Bergen Irish Ladies Auxiliary.

Mary will be sadly missed by her devoted children Maureen Mazurowski & her husband John of Bel Air, MD, Catherine House & her husband John of Midland Park, NJ, Patrick Clarke of Old Bridge, NJ and John Clarke of Passaic, NJ. She was predeceased by her son Thomas J. Clarke in 2015. Also surviving are daughter in law Theresa Clarke and her adoring eight grandchildren-Meghan Mazurowski, JP & Caity House, Jennifer, Christina & Lauren Clarke and Simon & Cate Clarke. Siblings- John Fetherston, Bridget Ryan, Peggy Burke, Joseph Fetherston, Teresa Maroney and Carmel Pass. Brother Patrick Fetherston predeceased her.

Friends will be received Thursday 3/22/18 at Carmona-Bolen Home For Funerals, 412 Main Street, Toms River NJ from 1-3 pm & 6-8pm. Mass of Christian Burial, 11am Friday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Toms River. Interment will follow at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown NJ. In lieu of flowers please consider donations in memory of Mary to "St. Joseph's Capital Fund" St. Joseph Parish, 685 Hooper Avenue, Toms River, NJ 08757. Condolences can be sent to: www.carmonabolenfh.com
Published in Asbury Park Press on Mar. 20, 2018
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