Berneice Clark

Berneice Clark

CHAMPAIGN – Mrs. Berneice E. "Bernie" Clark, 84, of Champaign passed away at 4:32 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 18, 2014) at her home.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at Meadowbrook Community Church, 1902 S. Duncan Road, Champaign, with Pastor Ron Strack officiating.

She was born on Oct. 29, 1929, in West Salem, Ill., to Loy Michels and Maude (Schwarzlose) Michels. She married Kermit M. Clark on June 15, 1951, in LaCrosse, Wis.

Surviving are two brothers, Paul Michels of Sadorus and Wilbur Michels of Oreana. Also surviving are her two daughters, Mary Machula of Flagstaff, Ariz., and Karen (Doug) Brooks of Champaign.

She has two grandsons, Hans Machula and Charles Machula; three granddaughters, Lindy Drollinger, Loni Bass and Deanna Reynolds; and three great-granddaughters.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, as well as one brother, Lonnie Michels, and her sister, Lois Lyons.

Mrs. Clark graduated from Champaign High School in 1949. She was an oral surgery nurse and received her training from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., and the University of Illinois, Urbana.

She worked as a nurse at Chanute Air Force Base, Rantoul, where she received outstanding awards during her 14 years of service. She assisted an oral surgeon who worked on cleft palate babies. She had a special passion for them.

After leaving Chanute, she was employed by Parkland College, for 19 years.

She was a past president of the Champaign-Urbana Business and Professional Women's Club. She held many offices including chairman of the Scholarship Committee in the club.

She was past president of the Mayview Home Extension Club and a 4-H leader for many years.

She was a member of Meadowbrook Community Church where she was involved in the Women's Ministries in past years. She was also a member of Mattis Avenue Free Methodist Church, where she had attended for most of her life.

Her hobbies were gardening and remodeling her Urbana home of 51 years before moving to her current address in Champaign, where she continued her gardening.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Benevolence Fund at Meadowbrook Community Church.

Morgan Memorial Home, Savoy, is handling arrangements.