The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

May 9, 2008

M. Rita Clark


CLARK – M. Rita, 92, of Johnstown, died May 9, 2008, at home. Born in Johnstown, on Sept. 12, 1915, she was the daughter of John and Philomena (Boes) Pohl. Preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary Louise, and her husband, Dr. John N. Code; brothers, Edward F., and his wife, Marceline (Little) Pohl, Robert J. and Lillian (Wilson) Pohl; and brother-in-law, Henry Rengh. Survived by her husband of 66 years, John J. Clark; children, Dennis John, and his wife, Mary Ellen (O’Shea) Clark of Grosse Point Farms, Mich.; Mark Joseph, and his wife, Meio Omy (Young) Clark, of Rochester, N.Y.; the Rev. Sean Code of Frugality, Pa.; and Siobhan Marlene Code, at home; and grandchildren, John Francis, Margaret Ellen, Charles Francis and Mark Augustine Clark and Mary Bridget Clark (Mrs. Matthew) Whitney. She was a graduate of the former Johnstown Catholic High School and attended the College of St. Francis, Joliet, Ill., before graduating with a bachelor of science degree in English and social studies from Lock Haven (Pa.) State Teachers College. She also attended the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown campus. Rita was a former schoolteacher at Edgewood Elementary School, in Johnstown, and later associated in business with her husband at Clark’s Dairy Store in Hornerstown. Mrs. Clark was past president of the Johnstown Catholic Forum and a member of the League of Women Voters of Greater Johnstown, the Johnstown Community Concert Association, the Mercy Hospital Guild, the Mercy-Lee Charity Ball Committee, and a decade director of the Bishop McCort Alumni Association appeal. She served on the advisory board of the Salvation Army and the board of directors of Senior Activity Center of Johnstown, and as secretary of the Johnstown Parking Authority. She was elected to the Johnstown City Council and the State Legislature for the 71st District, and appointed to the Governor’s Commission for Women and the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. She was a Senior Peer Counselor for St. Vincent dePaul Society, a lector and a member of the Parish Council and Mother Seton Guild of Visitation BVM Catholic Church, where Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m. Monday, May 12, the Rev. Sean Code, celebrant. Friends will be received from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday, May 11, at Frank Duca Funeral Home, Westmont Chapel, 1622 Menoher Blvd., Johnstown. Interment at Grandview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Visitation Catholic Church or to Bishop McCort High School.