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Aileen C. Clarke

Aileen C. Clarke

September 9, 2017

Aileen Chadwick Clarke died in Eau Claire, Wisconsin on September 9, 2017 after a short bout with old age.  She was 103.  She was born March 1, 1914, in Balmville, NY. She graduated from Miss Porter’s School in Connecticut in1932.She studied at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn and Teacher’s College of Columbia University in Manhattan, graduating with a B. S. degree in nutrition.  After several positions in New York City, she became head dietician at the T.B. Sanitarium on Mount McGregor.  This where she met her future husband Dr. E. Yale Clarke, marrying in 1942.  After World War II they settled in South Glens Falls and Dr. Clarke took over his father’s practice.

Aileen was a housewife of the 1950’s.  She did not work outside the home, but she and her community colleagues kept Glens Falls vibrant with their volunteer activities.  She participated in the Hospital Guild for over 50 years, was president for 2 years and served on the advisory board for 14 years.  For the Girl Scouts she was a troop leader and a member of the Adirondack council.  She volunteered with the American Cancer Society, then known as “The Friendly Red Door” by driving patients to treatments and delivering supplies.  She assisted with Red Cross bloodmobiles and became a Gold Star donor.  She was a member of the Friends of Crandall Library where she was in charge of sorting donated books for the biannual book sale. She was a long-standing member of the Presbyterian Church, teaching Sunday school as well as being a choir guild mother.

Aileen was very active with the Hyde Collection.  When Mrs. Hyde died, she organized the membership to keep the collection open to the public.  She was a member of the Board of Trustees and a docent until she was 85.  In 2004 she was awarded a “Thousand Points of Light” award by President George W. Bush for her volunteer work. 

For over 60 years she was a member of the GF Country Club, and played golf actively until she was 89. She found it got easier to win tournaments in her age group in the later years because no other player was that old.

She and her husband traveled extensively, and she continued to travel after his death.  She visited many countries in Central and South America, Europe and Asia including China, Russia, Australia, and Egypt.

Preceded in death by her husband, parents, two sisters and a brother.  She is survived by her daughters, Susan (Alan) Battenburg of El Paso, TX, and Janice Clarke (William) Rupp of Eau Claire, WI, and by two grandchildren Allison Rupp of Minneapolis and Christopher Rupp of Seattle, and by several nieces and nephews.

Memorial service is pending.

Chippewa Valley Cremation Services, Altoona, WI is serving the family. To offer online condolences please visit, www.chippewavalleycremation.com.


Memorial service times are pending at this time.