Obituary for Wisconsin Guernsey Breeder Grace Clark

Everyone at Cowsmopolitan extends our most sincere condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Wisconsin Guernsey Breeder Grace Clark, who passed away on January 14.

Obituary for Wisconsin Guernsey Breeder Grace ClarkGrayselda “Grace” Clark, 77, of Viola, passed away on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Gundersen Medical Center in LaCrosse.

She was born on January 25, 1939 in Joliet, Illinois to Malcolm and Myrtle (Johnson) Frederick.  She graduated from Dwight, Illinois Township High School and Illinois State Normal University.

On November 18, 1961 she married Wesley Clark at the Lawndale Lutheran church in Colfax, Illinois.  Grace taught in Japan while Wesley was stationed there in the U.S. Army.  When they returned to the United States they were herdscouple for Myown Guernsey Farm, Chenoa, Illinois.  In 1965, they began their own Guernsey herd and farmed at Colfax, Illinois.  In 1975, they relocated to their current location of Viola, Wisconsin.

Her passion for farming and working with youth surfaced as General Leader and Dairy Project Leader for the Readstown Ramblers 4-H Club.  Many young people enjoyed and appreciated her efforts.  Working with dairy producers became a specialty as she was a field representative for several local cheese manufacturing operations and milk marketing cooperatives.  Her expertise was further appreciated as she became a Food Inspector for eighteen years for the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection (WDATCP) until her retirement.  After retirement, she became more active with Peace Lutheran Church in Readstown, serving in many capacities.

She is survived by her husband Wesley of Viola; her son:  Darrel of Viola; 1 grandson:  Spencer; 1 brother:  James (Sheila) Frederick of Taylors, South Carolina;  her sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Evelyn and Delmer Theden; and nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 11 AM at Peace Lutheran Church in Readstown. Pastor Chuck Miller will officiate and burial will be in the Sugar Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call at the church on Friday from 4 to 8 PM and on Saturday from 10 AM until time of services.  The Sime Funeral Home in Readstown is serving the family.