Irene Clark

CUSTER PARK—Irene Marie Clark (nee Shoudis), 80, of Custer Park, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at her home. Born March 7, 1941 in South Wilmington, she was the daughter of William Paul and Laura Marie (nee Fioritto) Shoudis. She was delivered by her grandmother, Eve Shoudis. Irene married Francis “Gibby” Clark on Sept. 5, 1959 in Chicago, and together they ran a vegetable farm along with their children for nearly 30 years. She loved to plant new flowers every year. They were also able to employ a lot of local teenagers.
Irene was a former member of the Custer Park Baptist Church for over 30 years and a current member of Main St. Baptist Church in Braidwood. She helped build what is now known as Abundant Life Church. She was active in all aspects of the church, especially Vacation Bible School. She enjoyed reading and buying things for her grandchildren.
Surviving are one son, Adam (Verna) Clark, of Custer Park; one daughter, Mona (Greg) Sorensen, of South Wilmington; five grandchildren: Nicole (Aaron) Halpin, Krista (Bobby) Netrval, Hollie Clark, Noah (Katie Peting) Clark, and Daniel Clark; seven great-grandchildren: Mason, Hayden and Dustin Halpin; Jase and Stella Netrval and Tucker and Teagen Clark; brother, William (Mary Lynne) Shoudis, of Morris; sisters-in-law, Judy Bolatto, of Bonfield and Betty Soltysik, of Custer Park and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Francis Fay Clark (2000); son, Oscar Clark; grandson, Adam Clark Jr.; sister, Mary Louise (Eric) Johnson and father-in-law, Noah Fay Clark.
Visitation will be Friday, April 2, 2121, 3- 7 p.m. at R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory. Funeral services will also be at the funeral home Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 11 a.m. Rev. Ray Mullins and Pastor Justin Kinder will officiate. Attendees are required to wear face coverings, follow social distancing guidelines, due to the capacity requirements please be brief with your condolences to allow other guests to pay their final respects.
Interment will follow at Custer Twp. Cemetery in Custer Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be directed to Main Street Baptist Church.
The family would like to thank Dr. Venkato Moparthi and Uplifted Care Hospice for the special care they gave Irene.
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R.W. Patterson Funeral Home & Crematory, 401 E. Main St., Braidwood has been entrusted with arrangements.