Friday, February 13, 2015

Memorial Mass - Clare Marie Trautfield Conk

Our brilliant and accomplished mother Clare Marie Trautfield Conk (1922 - 2015) was remembered at a Mass of Christian Burial at the beautiful Blessed Junipero Serra Chapel, Mission Santa Barbara, on February 6, 2015.  By sad coincidence my sister Kathryn Therese, who had long been in poor health, died the night before and was remembered on this our saddest day.

My mother was eulogized by memy sister Nancy, and my brother Peter who read a passage from the Book of Proverbs.  My brother Steven read a letter from Paul to the Philippians, reminding me that he had been a champion high school  forensic speaker.  Mom's husband of seventy years, our dear father George, was present, struggling with the flu.  They had marked their 70th anniversary on January 27, only four days before our mother's passing.

With Nancy, Dad, Norma, Peter

George at Serra Chapel, Mission Santa Barbara

Mom and Dad, Stones Point, Maine- 2009

Clare never passed up a boat ride
with Sophia Clare Conk - her youngest grandchild

With Dad and Nan at the dedication
Clare Conk Castillo homes
Mom was a WWII vet - a Navy WAV
and a member of the California Bar - self-taught!

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