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Clarise May Burkard

Clarise May Burkard, age 87, of Swanton, Ohio, passed away peacefully in her home early Tuesday morning, December 19, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. She was born July 1, 1930 in Akron, Ohio to the late Anna (Walsh) and Richard Smith. Clarise married Thomas A. Burkard on June 9, 1956 at St. Clement's Catholic Church in Toledo, Ohio. He preceded her in death on December 28, 2013.

Clarise worked as a secretary for Stautzenberger College, where she retired ain 1988. A devout Catholic, Clarise was a member of St. Richard Catholic Parish in Swanton and its Altar-Rosary Society. She was a member of Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians, Swanton American Legion Ladies Auxiliary and the Swanton Senior Center. She loved playing card games, especially Bunko and Pinochle. Clarise will be remembered for her gracious and welcoming smile and her wonderful sense of humor.

A devoted mother and grandmother, Clarise will be greatly missed by her sons, Thomas D. (Nancy) Burkard and Joseph (Dorothy) Burkard; daughters, Ann (John) Dollman, Charlene Blankenship and Jean Gillen; 12 grandchildren, Nicholas (Rebecca), McCalla (Chase), Amanda, Andrew, Jacob, Lucas, Frederick, Riley, Sarah, Cole, Garrett, and Mitchell; 3 great-grandsons, Preston, Joshua and Joel; step-grandchildren, Jayme, Travis, Jeremy, Dustin, Nate, Rob and Becca; step-great-grandson, Athen; brothers, Delbert (Josie) Smith, Thomas Smith and Timothy Smith; sister, Lucille (Charles) Hoffman and sister-in-law, Penny Smith; as well as her special nieces, Melissa Semer, Laura Reese, and Linda Calvin; special caretaker, Andrew Ray; and several nieces and nephews.

Besides her husband of 57 years, Thomas, Clarise was preceded in death by her parents; infant son, John Burkard; brothers, Richard and Daniel Smith; half-sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Harry Church and sister-in-law, Velma Smith.

Family and friends may visit Saturday, December 23rd from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, where a Mass of Resurrection will begin at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Adam Hertzfeld presiding and Fr. Michael Dandurand concelebrating. Interment will follow at St. Richard’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be distributed to charities of their choosing.

Residence: Swanton, Ohio

Visitation: Saturday, December 23rd from 10 to 11 am at St. Richard Catholic Church in Swanton

Mass of Resurrection: Saturday, December 23rd at 11:00 am in the Church

Interment: St. Richard's Cemetery

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Charlene, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mom, our prayers are with your family.

Dave and Michele Snyder Dec 25 2017 12:00 AM

It has been my honor and pleasure to know Clarisse through AOH. Her smile, energy, determination and wit will be irreplaceable! My deepest sympathy to all who knew her and especially her family she was so proud of.

Marcha Farley Dec 23 2017 12:00 AM

We are sending our deepest sympathy and are keeping all of you in our prayers.

Bill and Norma Warejko Dec 22 2017 12:00 AM

Tom and Nancy, You certainly have my sympathies. We can not determine when the Lord wants to come and get us to be with him.

Rudolph Rabe Dec 22 2017 12:00 AM

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Christine Wasserman Dec 21 2017 12:00 AM

My thoughts are with all of you. Clarice was such a caring person and I will always remember her kindness to our Lori.

Barbara Spencer Dec 21 2017 12:00 AM

I can only pray that one day I will be as full of life as Clarise was all the time. She seemed to enjoy every second of life, no matter what it held in store. God bless you Clarise. I have a feeling you are going to enjoy the next life even more than you did this one.

David Vernier Dec 21 2017 12:00 AM

Please accept our sincere condolences.

Lynda Coffey & David Westmark Dec 21 2017 12:00 AM

Jean, I'm so sorry to hear about your mom's passing. I felt like I knew her from all the stories you shared with me about her and her life. She sounded like a lovely woman with so much spirit, love and generosity, which she passed down to you. I'll be thinking and praying for you and your family. Take care, friend, and let me know if there's anything I can do to help/support you.

Chris McKean Dec 21 2017 12:00 AM

Charlene, Sending my deepest sympathy to you and your family. It was always a pleasure to see and talk to your mother. Hugs

Ella Shelley Dec 20 2017 12:00 AM

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