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Lorene Mable Clark

Lorene Mable Clark, 87, formerly of Blue Earth, Minn., died Friday, October 26, 2007, at Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, Minn.

Lorene was born April 27, 1920, at Spencer, Iowa, the daughter of Emil and Flora (Bowman) Kark.

She was raised and educated in Blue Earth where she was a 1938 graduate of Blue Earth High School. She attended the Minnesota School of Business in Mankato and was later married to DeVere E. "Potsy" Clark on February 9, 1940 in Blue Earth.

The couple farmed east of Blue Earth until 1946. Lorene was a homemaker and had worked as a salesperson for several area businesses and was also the secretary at the welfare office.

The couple owned and operated Clark's Music Store in Blue Earth for many years, where Lorene was the secretary, salesperson and taught piano lessons. She was a longtime member of the First Presbyterian Church where she was a choir member and church organist for over 25 years.

Following their retirement in the mid-1980s, the couple enjoyed wintering in Tucson, Ariz. Lorene especially enjoyed time spent with her family.

Lorene is survived by her sons, William (Joan) Clark of Mound, Minn., Rev. James (Jean) Clark of Effingham, S.C., Roger E. Clark of Prior Lake, Minn.; daughter, Bonnie (Brian) Bliss of Oberlin; brothers, Donald (Marian) Kark of Fort Meyers, Fla., Robert (Susan) Kark of Denver, Colo., and Emil "Bud" (Lavonne) Kark of Chatfield, Minn., Arthur (Shirley) Kark of Fort Meyers, Fla.; sister, Beverly Nave of Blue Earth; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Potsy in 1999; daughter, Linda Clark; granddaughter, Dr. Deborah Clark-Holke; great-granddaughter, Faith Clark-Holke; daughter-in-law, Pamela Clark; and brother-in-law, Darrel Nave.

Visitation will be 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 1, 2007, at Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 400 E. 14th St., Blue Earth, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Friday, November 2, 2007, at First Presbyterian Church in Blue Earth, with the Rev. Bob Maharry officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Web tributes may be left at

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