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Mary Romayne Clark

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Clark, Mary Romayne (Nee Schroeder ) Age 92, passed away on her birthday, Saturday, August 9, 2014, at the Bay Oaks Historic Retirement Center, Miami, Florida, due to natural causes. Mary was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, to Christian Frederick and Dorothy Genevieve (nee Miller) Schroeder on August 9, 1922. She attended the College of St. Theresa in Winona, Minnesota, where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1944. She also obtained a diploma in Fine Arts from the Conservatory of Saint Cecilia in Winona that same year. While at St. Theresa's, an all-women's college, Mary met her future husband, Donald A. Clark, of Sleepy Eye, Minnesota, who attended the men's St. Mary's College in Winona. Upon graduation, Mary taught speech at the Ottumwa Heights College from 1944-46, while Don played lineman for the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers. On August 24, 1946, she and Don were married in Mary's hometown of Fergus Falls and the couple moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota. While Don coached football at the University of North Dakota, Mary taught speech from 1946-48. The couple then moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, when Don was hired by Marquette University to serve as the intramural director and tennis coach. Mary taught speech at Marquette from 1948-52, and later taught speech at Milwaukee Area Technical College from 1962-66. Mary occupied leadership positions on a number of volunteer boards and organizations concerned with Catholic education. Mary was president of the Marquette University Faculty Wives (1959); president of the Milwaukee Archdiocesan League of Catholic Home and School Associations (1963-65); district president of the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (1965-67); and president of the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Board of Education (1967-71). Mary also served nationally as a lay member to the United States Catholic Conference, Committee on Education (1971-74). She served as well as the Executive Secretary to the National Association of Catholic Parents' Organizations, National Catholic Education Association (1974-76). Mary's extensive contributions to Catholic education earned her recognition in Who's Who of American Women, World Who's Who of Women, and Who's Who of American Catholics (1976). Mary served civic organizations as an executive board member to the National Foundation, the March of Dimes, and the Sickle Cell Disease Center, and the Milwaukee Catholic Inter-Racial Council. The Wisconsin Catholic War Veterans named Mary as the Wisconsin Woman of the Year in 1963. Mary also served on the national alumnae board of the College of St. Teresa who named her Alumna of the Year in 1969 and the National Foundation, March of Dimes recognized her as the Outstanding Volunteer of 1974. Following the death of her husband Don on January 24, 1975, Mary obtained a Master of Arts degree in communication from Marquette University. Mary resumed her career teaching speech and communication at Marquette University, Mount Mary University, and Alverno College in Milwaukee until her retirement. Mary is survived by her three children: Donald Arthur Clark, Jr., Miami Beach, Florida; Anne Elizabeth Clark, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and Christopher John Clark, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Catherine Lila Clark and John Arthur Clark. Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, Donald Arthur Clark. Mary was a great patron of the performing arts and subscribed seasonally to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Milwaukee Repertory Theater from their inception. Mary cherished living on North Story Parkway where she could regularly be found walking her Shih Tzu dogs, Pun Kin and Molly. Mary was a great friend and mentor to countless students she instructed in speech and communication skills throughout her long teaching career and she was valued as a true grammarian. Services to remember Mary will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, September 26, 2014, at Gesu Church, located at 1145 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Visitation will begin at 9:00 AM before the memorial service. Private burial services will be held at Calvary Cemetery.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Sept. 21 to Sept. 24, 2014
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