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Joan Clarke
Viewing: April 2, 2018 (Monday) from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Service: April 2, 2018 (Monday) at 11:00 a.m.
Location: Church of the Little Flower

Joan Clarke (nee Sheil) 

died on March 25, 2018 in Kensington, Maryland.  Joan was the beloved wife for 57 years of William T. Clarke, who preceded her in death in 2013.  She is survived by her four loving children, Noreen Paul of Bethesda, MD, Patricia Lukens of Hampton, NJ, Barbara McCurdy of Bethesda, MD and William Clarke, Jr. of Garden City, NY and their spouses John Paul, Roby Lukens, Jeffrey McCurdy and Betsy Clarke. 
Born and raised in Bronx, NY, the eldest daughter of Irish immigrants and the first in her family to attend college, Joan graduated from the Academy of Mount St. Ursula in the Bronx in 1949 and the College of New Rochelle in 1953.  She raised her family in Huntington, NY where she taught elementary school, and in Andover, MA, where she served as a marketing officer of Bay Bank.  Joan and Bill retired to Ocean Pines, Maryland where they 
had many friends and interests, including co-founding the community’s New York Club, participating in the Questers, volunteering at the local hospital, actively participating in their church, and enjoyed golf, bridge, the Assateague National Seashore and regular visits from their children and grandchildren.
 
Joan was the adored “Seana” to ten grandchildren: Matthew McCurdy, Billy Clarke, Mike McCurdy, Tommy Lukens, Jane McCurdy, Bobby Clarke, Jack Lukens, Catherine Paul, Emily Clarke and John Paul. 
Joan will be remembered for her devotion to family, focus on education and lifelong love  of the beach.

A Funeral Mass for Joan Clarke will be held on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 11:00AM at the Church of the Little Flower 5607 Massachusetts Ave., Bethesda, Maryland 20816. The family will greet friends and family at the Church of the Little Flower beginning at 10:00AM.

Donations may be made to: Academy of Mount St. Ursula, 330 Bedford Park Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458.  Attn: Adopt a Student Program, in memory of Joan Sheil Clarke '49.


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