Clark, Bernadette

Bear - Bernadette Clark passed away peacefully, surrounded by the love of her life and her three adoring sons, on March 22, 2019. Bernadette lived a meaningful, impactful life dedicated to family, faith and service.

Born in Philadelphia on July 4, 1948 to Joseph and Margaret Schwab, Bernadette was the oldest of four siblings (Joseph (Marianne), Danielle (Ed) and the late Paul Schwab (Maria)).

Her life was forever changed when she met Tom Clark in 1966 while working at the Wildwood A&P. As family legend has it, she was the cashier and he was the bagger. The two quickly fell in love and married soon after, much to the chagrin of their parents who deemed the couple too young. But their love would conquer all for the next 50 years.

The births of sons Tom (Debbie), Tim and Andy (Mayda) followed. Bernadette thrived in the role of mother and was devoted to her children. The family settled in Abingdon, Maryland where they made many dear friends and created a home that was always open to visiting family.

Steadfastly dedicated to caring for others, Bernadette decided at age 36 to pursue a career in nursing. She valiantly balanced her roles as wife, mother and student to earn her nursing degree in 1985. For more than 30 years, Bernadette worked as a nurse in many hospitals caring for countless patients and families. In 2014, she was named Nurse of the Year by Christiana Hospital for her work as a founding member of its Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit.

Bernadette was of constant service throughout her life. From caring for family members, serving the community through the GWACS charity and serving her Seventh Day Adventist Church by hosting bible studies and counseling fellow church members, she was always seeking ways to help.

Faith in God was a driving force for Bernadette. She was a devoted Christian who sought to live her life as an example of her favorite Bible verse: I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, You are my servant; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:9-10

Christmas was the most favorite time of year for Bernadettea time that stretched from the day after Thanksgiving into February. She shopped all year long for special gifts for her family and friends and loved lining up a dozen stockings on her mantle every year.

Nothing brought Bernadette more joy than her grandchildren. She and Tom welcomed nine grandchildren throughout the years and she enjoyed spoiling and doting on every single one of them. Her spirit lives on in them: Emily, Abbey, Allie, Jacob, Katelyn, Jordan, Zoe, Michael-Kellan and Balian.

Bernadette will always be remembered as a kind, compassionate soul who always lent a warm shoulder, a kind ear and had an infectious giggle. Her memory and her mission will be carried on by her loving husband, Tom, and her three sons, mother, grandchildren, siblings and many loving nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Please join us in celebrating Bernadettes life on Thursday, March 28 at West Wilmington Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Wilmington, Delaware (3003 Millcreek Road). Calling hours from 4-5 pm, Celebration of Life service from 5-6 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the GWACS charity to support those in need ( or the Glioblastoma Foundation to help combat this devastating disease (

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