Lise Bierly Clancy

January 11, 1955 ‒ June 20, 2015

Lucas, Ohio

LUCAS: Lise Clancy’s light on this earth dimmed on Saturday, June 20, 2015, so it can shine brighter in heaven. Once in a while in our lives we are blessed to know someone who has a gift of providing sunshine and it is contagious. She enriched the lives of everyone she met and entertained with her sense of humor and joy of life.

Lise was born January 11, 1955 in Mansfield to parents James & Helen (Adams) Bierly.

She was conservative and highly principled with a keen sense for what was the ‘right’ thing to do. Lise wrote her own rules and never tried to fit into a mold created by others. A lover of nature, she enjoyed planting gardens and knew the Latin names of everything that she tended. From feeding birds year-round to respecting wild creatures wandering into her yard, she was loved. Lise enjoyed music – especially classical and blues, and was a gifted, though rusty, pianist who had a strong bond with Beethoven.

Throughout her life she was an adventurer always open to new things. Lise lived in Idaho, Colorado, and North Carolina before moving back to Ohio. She sold cars, cooked in restaurants, bartended and was a hair stylist. After moving back to Ohio she worked for Mansfield Brass & Aluminum, tended perennials at Possum Run Greenhouse, and had her own business LC Castings.

Surviving Lise are her sisters Kyle Bierly and Lynn (Bill) Edmonds; brother Craig Bierly; Nephews and niece James, Dana and Madison Edmonds; step-mother Karen Bierly; Step-brother and sisters Scott Moody, Merry Troper, Molly Moody and Megan Dininger and their families; aunt, Ruth Willis and numerous cousins. In addition she is survived by her ‘Kids”: Digger, Peewee, Seli, Louie, Eddie, Lucky and Dukie.

Lise was preceded in death by her husband Warne Clancy, and her parents James and Helen Bierly.

A memorial gathering celebrating Lise’s life will be held Friday, June 26, 2015 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions in Lise’s memory can be made to Hospice of North Central Ohio or The James Cancer Center and may be made through the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Lise’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them, or watch her tribute video at

  • So sorry to hear of Lise’s passing. I have fond memories of her from the Snow Trails days. She will be greatly missed.

    Debbie Weikle

  • My memories of Lise go way back; playing at the Mansfield Sailing Club, tractor rides into the woods, being bitten by Some Fun, playing in the creek, games of Giant Claw, falling off Patches, tobogganing down the BIG hill, and having great hot chocolate afterwards. She was so much fun and those early days at the Bierly house are a large part of my childhood memories. May she rest in peace.

  • To Lise & Her remaining family :Gosh, where do I start? Probably way back in 1973 at Malabar High Schools cafeteria. What a “long strange trip” this has been. We climbed trees together. Swam together. Watered skied together. Danced together. Partied together. Laughed and loved together. Made love together under the trees in Blacks woods. On and on and on. Even “hooked” back up at our 30th class reunion for some “fun in the sun” out at Hemlock Falls and Mifflin Lake. Just loved that lady. She could make you laugh by just looking at you. Lise, you made my life so much richer by just being you. To all that knew you, we will miss you so very much. Peace, Love & Joy – “The Stav”

  • You and your family are in our prayers Kyle. So sorry to hear of your loss.

  • Kyle and Karen…….

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Lise was one of the strongest & funniest people ever. She will be missed…

  • Some of my fondest memories from my childhood & teen years were with Lise. From rollerskating to high school & skipping first period to soak our blistered feet in thermodisk creek to biking from lucas to mansfield on bikes with no brakes! Fun was guaranteed when I got together with Lise! The Bierly household was always filled with surprises from a pet alligator in the tub to a thieving crow named Ebenezer – you never new what might greet you! The sledding parties, overnights, sleeping under the stars during a summer night’s meteor shower are a few more of many wonderful memories. Lise, I will always think of you when I see a shooting star – I’ll be certain you are shaking things up in heaven!

    Sincere condolences to Craig, Kyle, Lynn and Karen for your loss.
    ~ Marcie

  • Lise Bierly has been in my life since the beginning. She was a cousin three years older than me. I have so many memories of happy family gatherings with the Bierly, Willis, and Adams families. The thing I will probably try to remember about Lise will be her voice. It was beautiful and she talked a little slower than some of our clan. She had a way of holding everyone’s attention, which was next to impossible in a house full of gabbing relatives. And it wasn’t that she was loud, but more that she was always very engaging . She always had a twinkle in her eye and I was never sure if she was playing a joke on me or about to, and I loved her for that.
    Kyle, Lynn, and Craig, I’m so so sorry for your loss.

  • To the Bierly Family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Lise was one of a kind… a true individual. She had the ability to surprise everyone, and often did in many different and creative ways… always with that twinkle in her eye.

    The beautifully written obituary and pictorial tribute above speak to that with definition and clarity and offer testimony as to what it was like to know such a unique person.

    Sincerest condolences to the Bierly Family.

  • Deepest sympathy to the Bierly family. Lise was kind enough to befriend me when I moved to Mansfield in my senior year. I had a lot of fun times with Lise and I hope she rests in peace.

  • i just read the summer “snippets” and I am so very sad to read of Lise. What can I say? I have loved Lise as a happy part of my life for so many years. Many adventures, lots of laughs and great meetings of the mind. Peace be with you, Lise – and all of the family. There’s a new star in heaven

  • Craig, Kyle, Lynn and family -My heart aches for you all upon hearing of Lise’s passing. As others have shared, I also have fantastic memories of lively times with the Bierly family: bonfires out back, eating chocolate-covered crickets, getting knocked down by black labs barreling down the hallway – all remain as vivid memories of good times with your family. I remember Lise’s great sense of humor and wonderful laugh. Certainly the stars are twinkling more with her presence. Much love and hugs from the Clark Family.