NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Glenda Clark of Sheffield Village, Ohio, beloved wife and mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother of 17 descendants, passed away on Tuesday, December 20, 2022 at her residence.

She was born on October 23, 1925, in Phalanx Station, Ohio and was a graduate of Braceville High School in a war-diminished class of seventeen students in 1944.

Glenda Colton married William J. “Bill” Clark on October 29, 1944, a union which was a life-long partnership in the truest sense of the word. The Clarks met in the third grade and an eternal love-match began soon afterward.

Glenda got an early start in the working world, serving as a National Youth Administration office worker during her final two years in high school and spending a summer doing office work at the Peerless Electric, Warren, Ohio. She started employment at Packard Electric in Warren as an inspector of the wiring harnesses for the B-29 bomber on the same day her future husband reported for duty in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

As family life resumed after the war, Glenda contributed to the family income in many ways: running punch presses at Brown Lipe Chapin, Elyria, Ohio and Kirkwood Commutator, Cleveland, Ohio; applying wood transfers to station wagons at Fisher Body, Euclid, Ohio; as a cafeteria worker at Rocky River (Ohio) High School and School Secretary of Forest View Elementary in Bay Village and finally as the bookkeeping machine operator at Mansfield (Pennsylvania) State College.

As a young grandmother, Mrs. Clark entered Mansfield State College and earned her degree and teaching certification in three years. During a 20-year teaching career in Olmsted Falls and Ashtabula, Ohio, she added a Master’s Degree at Ohio State University.

Glenda and Bill Clark have two children, Cheryl Clark of Sheffield Lake, Ohio and Jim (Rita) Clark of Brecksville, Ohio and four grandchildren, Kirk (Lisa) Risseler of Bay Village, Ohio, Cari (Kirk) Maggio of Glen Arm, Maryland, Tracy Clark Mora, (deceased) and Kim (Ted) Wypasek of Strongsville, Ohio. Her great-grandchildren number ten, Mia, Lexi, Julia and Nick Mora, of Parma, Ohio, Dom and Danielle Maggio of Glen Arm, Maryland and Kayla, Sean, Justin and Brayden Wypasek, of Strongsville, Ohio; Leo Ricci of Parma, Ohio, is the first of the great-great-grandchildren.

Glenda was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Ruby Fusselman Colton.

She lived with neighbors, Cal and Elsie Richards, (deceased) from the age of 12 until the Clark family occupied their first dwelling in the Baldwin-Wallace Veterans Trailer Park, Berea, Ohio.

Mrs. Clark was a talented photographer, acting as the game photographer for her coach husband for Mansfield State College and Baldwin-Wallace College basketball teams and preparing videos for grant applications for Youth Drug Awareness Programs for Navajo Indians in New Mexico. Glenda was pressed into service again as she served as the photographer of the official magazine of the Naval Mine Warfare Association for several years. She was also secretary of the Echo Fire Protection Committee, starting a long involvement with the Pagosa (Colorado) Fire Protection District.

The Glenda and Bill partnering leadership was also illustrated during their 18 years in the mountains of Colorado by the couple serving as co-presidents of the Supper Fellowship of the Community United Methodist Church in Pagosa Springs, an organization which conducted a huge annual project of making wreaths from native blue spruce. They later became co-chairpersons for Archuleta County in a successful drive to raise funds for the long-overdue World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Glenda grew up in the Braceville, Ohio Christian Church, serving that congregation and Westlake, Ohio Christian Church as choir member and deaconess and was a deaconess at First Christian Church, Ashtabula, Ohio.

Funeral services will be at the James Funeral Home in Newton Falls on Tuesday, December 27, 2022 at 12:00 p.m .with Rev. Jon Pratt officiating. Calling hours will be from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Glenda will be laid at Braceville Cemetery in Braceville, Ohio.

Family and friends may send condolences at www.jamesfuneralhomeinc.com.

A television tribute will air Friday, December 23, at the following approximate times: 6:43 a.m. on WYTV, 9:32 a.m. on WKBN, 10:58 a.m. on FOX and 8:12 p.m. on MyYTV.