Sunday, February 1, 2015

Clare Marie Trautfield Conk (August 31, 1922 - February 1, 2015)

Clare M. Conk
Married to George W. Conk, Jr., January 27, 1945
Ensign, United States Navy (1943-1945)
A.B. St.Joseph's College, Brooklyn, NY (1943)
Attorney at Law, State of California (1981)
Mother of George, Nancy, Peter, Kathryn and Steven
Grandmother of Theresa, Max, Molly, Sophia Clare, Mindy, Lonnie, & Patrick
When all the others were away at Mass
I was all hers as we peeled potatoes.
They broke the silence, let fall one by one
Like solder weeping off the soldering iron:
Cold comforts set between us, things to share
Gleaming in a bucket of clean water.
And again let fall.  Little pleasant splashes
From each other's work would bring us to our senses.
I remember her head bent towards my head,
Her breath in mine, our fluent dipping knives -
Never closer the whole rest of our lives.
-Seamus Heaney, Clearances