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Regina C Clarke

March 20, 1923May 12, 2020

Regina C. Clarke (McGovern)

AGE: 97 • Lake Hopatcong

Regina C. Clarke (McGovern) died on May 12, 2020 in her Lake Hopatcong home. She was 97 years old. Regina was born on March 20, 1923 to Michael and Mary McGovern and was the youngest of her 4 sisters, who Regina was very close with. She lived her early years, through college, in Newark, NJ. In 1945, Regina earned her bachelor’s degree in education at Newark State College (now Kean College). She taught elementary school for 7 years in Newark School District before starting a family. Later on, when her children were grown, she was a Basic Skills teacher in the Jefferson Township, NJ School District.

When Regina was five years old, her parents bought a summer home in Lake Hopatcong and she spent every summer visiting the lake. Regina met her husband, Arthur “Clem”, at the Northwood Pavilion during one of those summers.

On November 17, 1951, Regina married Arthur F. Clarke Jr. and were married for fifty-three years. After getting married, they moved to Cedar Grove, NJ, where they raised their three boys: Arthur, Michael and George. They were the most important part of her life and she was a super mom making sure her boys made it on time to all their all their various activities. During her time in Cedar Grove, Regina was also a member of St. Catherine’s Church and was an active member of the Rosery Society. She was a devout Catholic with a very strong faith which guided her throughout her entire life.

Regina’s family moved to Babylon, LI in 1966 where her 3 boys finished their high school education before moving back to NJ in 1973.

Regina had a special love for Lake Hopatcong where she lived virtually all her life. After spending summers there as a child, she became a champion swimmer. Regina and Arthur continued the family tradition by purchasing a summer home at the lake in 1957, introducing their boys to life on the lake. They purchased another home on the lake in 1977 where Regina resided full time for the last forty plus years, during which she cherished time with her immediate and extended families. Regina was also an active member of Our Lady Star of the Sea Roman in Jefferson Township, NJ. She was sincerely loved by both her family and her church community.

Predeceasing Regina is her husband, Arthur F. Clarke Jr, her two sons, George J. Clarke and Arthur F. Clarke III, and her four sisters, Alice Costello, Jane Drudy, Margaret McCammond, and Bernadette Stoeckel. She is survived by her son Michael J. Clarke, daughter-in-law Carol A. Clarke, granddaughter Kelly A. Clarke, two grandsons Brian M. Clarke and Jonathan P. Clarke, and a long line of nieces, nephews and their children. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the National MS Society or NAMI.


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George Cleffi

May 18, 2020

I had the privilege of knowing the Clarke family since my early days at Seton Hall. Met Mrs Clarke sometime in those years but really came to know her when I had my own family and brought my kids to fish on her dock at Lake Hopatcong. She would always make her way to the dock and talk to my children and she always brought them cookies. My kids still talk about that. Just sorry I didn't bring my grand kids to meet her. Only fond memories and may God be with the entire Clarke family. Truly, George

Dan Cleffi

May 16, 2020

I'm lucky enough to count the Clarkes as close family friends, and growing up my dad used to take me fishing from the dock at Mrs. Clarke's house on Lake Hopatcong. She was always delighted to see us and was happy to let us fish there. I'm thankful for her generosity as it allowed me to make lasting memories with my dad, and I'm glad I had the opportunity to know a woman as sweet as Mrs. Clarke. My prayers and condolences to Mike, Carol, Brian, Kelly, and the rest of the Clarke family.

With love, Dan Cleffi

Corinne Costa Davis

May 15, 2020

We did not have the privilege of meeting Regina, however knowing Kelly, Mike and Carol We understand their incredible respect for family. It was obvious to us that Regina was of strong character. Kelly continues her legacy. Wishing Kelly, Brian, Carol and Mike peace and comfort. Love, Corinne and Raymond


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