Laverna May Clark

August 10, 1941 ‒ May 13, 2017

Galena, Ohio

Laverna May Clark, age 75 of Galena died early Saturday morning, May 13, 2017 at her residence.

She was born on August 10, 1941 in Galena, Ohio to the late Robert Thompson Bolton and Cleo (Pratt) Bolton and graduated from Big Walnut High School.

Laverna worked for Genoa Township for many years and she enjoyed flowers and gardening. She also enjoyed building and selling birdhouses with her late husband Jay.

Left to cherish her memory are sons, James Clark of Delaware, Danny (Lang) Clark of Tacoma, WA and Jeff Clark of Galena; daughter, Kathy Sue Fritz of Atlanta, GA; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; half-sister, Betty (John) Sanford of Lancaster.

In addition to her parents, Laverna was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, James “Jay D.” Clark, 2 daughters-in-law Sue and Margie Clark, 2 half-brothers and 2 half-sisters.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 from 10:00 am – 12:00 (noon) at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR3 at 61, Sunbury, where funeral services will follow at 12:00 (noon) with Pastor Wayne Booth officiating. Interment will be in Trenton Cemetery.

Contributions in Laverna’s memory may be made to Genoa Township Parks; envelopes available at the funeral home.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home of Sunbury is honored to serve the Clark family.

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  • I’ve known “Vernie” since I was a kid, she always treated me like one of her own. She always held a special place in my heart, and I will miss her. Prayers to the family.

  • I am so sorry, to the Clark family. Vernie and I work for several years at Genoa Township. We lost contact after she had her first stroke.

    There has not been too many days, that have gone by that I have not thought of Vernie.

    Vern, I love you with all my heart. You will always be close.

  • Some of the best memories I have involved Vernie. I enjoyed working with her in the buildings and grounds department and hope to always remember the fun times! Vern you will be missed and I hope you get back to your gardening and flower beds in heaven!

  • Vernie was a wonderful woman who would do anything for you, she helped me at many Yard sales through the years and we always had so much fun. My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

  • Vernie was passionate, caring, and fun. She worked very hard throughout life. She made the world a better place. She definitely worked her magic in Genoa Twp. I will think of her every time a flower blooms in Genoa. God bless you, Vernie. I will always remember you with lots of love.

  • When my son, Kyle worked at Genoa township with Vernie, it was some of the best memories I have of Vernie!! She was such a hard worker and enjoyed making our Genoa Township colorful with her “love of planting”!! Everyone loved Vernie! As a resident for over 30 years of this township, we have enjoyed as Tina has mentioned, “Vernie’s Magic”. We will continue to cherish Vernie as we see flowers blooming in Genoa. Thanks Vernie for always making people laugh and for your Pride in Genoa.


  • I as a full energy cruddy little kid have the best memories of visiting and staying at aunt vernie’s house..we got to feed the cows day old bread..she had a pile of hostess cakes on a pool table in the basement…it was a safe place for me.. And she let us be kids.. Uncle jay gave me my nickname..i usta play with his tools. And it didnt matter who showed up or how many…she would throw extra food on the stove..she would give ya the shirt off her back and her laugh was infectious..she and my gma norma would get each other rollin..laugh so hard they would cry…and oh yes, she had her antique milk container, she would say watch out not to break it… was her reg store milk jug…there was always a funny story..a joke..and love with that dash of sarcasm…as half sisters, she and norma looked alike the most..14 yrs between them but so close in looks and personality. Love her and will miss those days..i know she and mammaw have the biggest joke and punchline goin on now…missed you alot aunt vernie and love you always…your great- niece, lisa..A.K.A. Ralph…

  • A big thank all the behind the scenes people who helped with her care and were there day in and out…sorry for your loss jeff sr, jeff jr, gina, jay, kathy, and danny….all granbabies..great granbabies…love to all…

  • A little fire cracker with a huge heart. Talented and entertaining. So missed by her Genoa Family. Thoughts and prayers to the Clark family. Thank you for sharing this sweet and sometimes crazy, funny lady. Love you Vernie.

  • To Vernie’s family: Vernie was such a bright spot for all of us in the years that she worked at Genoa Township. The officers (and all of the rest of the P.D. employees) loved it when Vernie would come over to the P.D. She was smart, sassy, and could take any fun and jokes that the officers could muster. Not to mention how beautiful our flower beds looked when Vernie was taking care of them…they have never looked that good again. My prayers are with her friends and family.

  • I remember being welcomed by Vernie in 2000 when I was hired as fire chief at Genoa Township. What a dear lady! I have many fond recollections of Vernie. What a hard working, dedicated employee of Genoa Twp. She was as beautiful on the inside as the flowers she planted were on the outside. RIP friend.

  • I have very fond memories of her, her smiling face, the beauty she brought to the township, and how kind she was to all. Rest in peace, and I know that there are gardens up there for her to play in. Patsi, and Princess Jett.