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Jane D. Clark

August 19, 1924 April 12, 2020
Jane D. Clark
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Jane Clark, 95, most recently of Park Place in Elmhurst, IL, died on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020. A lifelong resident of River Forest and Oak Park, she was born on Aug. 19, 1924, to James and Elizabeth (Eagen) Daley of River Forest.
She attended St. Luke Catholic School and Trinity High School in River Forest, IL, and graduated with a degree in social work from St. Mary’s College in South Bend, IN.
In 1949, she married John Clark, also of River Forest. They’d met when they were 6 years old, after the Clark family moved across the street from the Daley family on Lathrop Avenue in River Forest. They were married for 57 years, until John died in 2006.
The guiding lights for Jane and John were family, faith, friends, and social justice. Jane had a special affinity with the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, who taught her at St. Luke’s, entertained her at Camp WeHaKee for Girls in Wisconsin, and welcomed her sister Anne into their community.
Jane and John were long-time members of St. Luke. Jane was active in the school and church, especially in the Peace and Justice Committee. She became one of the parish’s first women Eucharistic ministers in the 1970s, and helped establish the lay-led Ministry of Care, a role she fulfilled with dedication into her 90s.
Over the decades, Jane was an active member of several social justice and church-related groups, including CANA, the Christian Family Movement, the Catholic Interracial Council, Catholic Council on Working Life, National Council of Laity, Call to Action, Oak Park-River Forest Citizens Committee for Human Rights, Sarah’s Inn, Deborah’s Place, and United Power for Peace and Justice. Jane and John were also involved in the early days of the organizations now known as Housing Forward and Beyond Hunger. Jane and John hosted meetings for many of these groups in their home in River Forest.
Jane’s commitment to the welfare of others went hand-in-hand with her tireless work, along with John, raising nine children. Planning and preparing three meals a day, seven days a week for 11 people – often 12 or more, because Jane set a welcoming table – was a challenge she relished. Her nine children inherited her passion for gracious dining and inventive recipes. As adults, they all became dedicated cooks themselves (although using more spices than their mom ever used).
Jane maintained lifelong friendships with women she met in grade school, high school and college. She was close to her sisters and their families, and the Daley family reunion was a biannual festival for several decades on the grounds of Rosary College / Dominican University (the Sinsinawa connection, again). An active tennis player when she was young, she renewed her passion for the game as her children grew older, and she played every summer until she was 90.
Jane is survived by her children: Thom (Jean), Mary Joan (Daniel) Murray, Jim (Anne), Stephen (Cynthia), Sally (John) Arden, Teresa (Tom) Naughton, Paul, Matt (Melissa), and Daniel (Sarah); grandchildren Susan, Peter, Tommy, Michael, John, Hannah, James, Geoffrey, Molly, Sean, Daniel, Mary, Emily, Samuel, Grace, Patrick, Maggie, Elizabeth, Robbie, and the late Rebecca, Jennifer, Joseph, Peter, Theresa and Margaret; great-grandchildren Teagan; Kian, James, Margaret, Peter, Stuart, Esme, Benjamin, Margaret; and sisters Gert, Claire, Joan. (Her sisters Margaret, Elizabeth, Patricia, and Anne preceded her in death.)
Because of the coronavirus pandemic, services will be private. A public celebration of her life will be held later this year. The family extends their gratitude for the wonderful care that Jane received at Park Place, Elmhurst, IL, in the last months of her life.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Sinsinawa, WI,; Misericordia Home, Chicago, IL,; or St. Luke Parish, River Forest, IL,

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River Forest, IL 60305

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Sinsinawa, WI 53824-9701

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