On June 20, 2013, James I. Clark, age 79, went home to his heavenly Father after a short but very courageous battle with melanoma. He died just as he lived, with dignity, grace, selflessness, and gentle strength. His beautiful, loving wife of almost 56 years, Patricia, and his family which he cherished, were by his side. His faith guided him through life, and now as our very special angel, he will continue to guide his family and so many that he impacted.
Jim was born in Janesville on Sept. 30, 1933, the son of Dr. Irving and Gertrude (Cassidy) Clark. He earned his undergraduate degree from UW-LaCrosse, where he lettered in basketball, then earned his Master's Degree from UW-Madison. Jim married Patricia Frei at St. John Vianney Catholic Church on Aug. 10, 1957. He was employed by the Janesville Public Schools for 38 years as an elementary physical education teacher, then high school guidance counselor and tennis coach, retiring in 1994. He was a member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church where he served on the Parish Council.
Jim was a pillar of strength in the Janesville community. He was a past President of the Janesville School Board, and served on and the Education Commission. He was an active member of Blackhawk Golden-K, Kiwanis Secretary, Janesville Education Association, JAREA, Wisconsin Education Association, Janesville Education Foundation, Janesville Tennis Association, START Board of Directors, and Beginnings Group Home Board of Directors.
Jim is survived by his wife, Patricia Clark; five children: Nancy (Gregg) J. Kasten of Verona, WI, Kristine (Kevin) L. Setnes of Eagle, WI, Joseph (Linda) J. Clark of San Antonio, TX, Daniel (Jean) P. Clark of Rockford, IL, and Patrick (Nicole) J. Clark of Franklin, TN; 11 grandchildren: Lauren and Megan Kasten, James, Kelsey, Alyssa, Sarah, Paige, Peyton, Alex, Caitlin and Grant Clark; brother, Giles T. (Joan) Clark; sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen Pope and Linae Frei; brother-in-law, Joseph Frei; and many special nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Phyllis McDonnell.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 25, 2013, at ST. JOHN VIANNEY CATHOLIC CHURCH with Rev. Randy Timmerman and Rev. William Nolan officiating. Entombment will be in Mt. Olivet Mausoleum. A visitation will be held on Monday from 5 until 8 p.m. at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY.
In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials can be made to St. John Vianney Catholic Church.