2006-09-28 / Obituaries

Elisabeth K. Clem

Elisabeth K. Clem of Gondola Avenue died Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, at her home. She was the wife of the late David B. Clem.

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Born in H a r t f o r d Conn., she was a daughter of the late Rev. John and Helene (Brunn) Kavasch.

She is survived by a son, David B. Clem Jr. of Laguna Hills, Calif.; three daughters, Janet Clem Foos of Eureka, Calif., Barbara Clem Gozdeck of San Diego, Calif., and Patricia Clem Ritacco of Jamestown, R.I.; seven grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Ruth DuPont Capone of Falls Church, Va. She was predeceased by two brothers, John Kavasch and Paul Kavasch, and a sister, Helene Clements.

Mrs. Clem graduated with a bachelor's degree and master's degree from Central Connecticut State University and taught for 24 years in Newington, Conn., until retiring in 1984.

As a young woman she was active with young children at her church and organized and directed a junior choir. Music was always important in her life. Playing the violin as a member of the Hartford String Orchestra, she was also a concertmistress, and for many years she sang in the Hartford Oratory Society and the Connecticut Chorale. All her life she was active in church work, teaching Sunday school, serving

on committees, visiting the elderly, and recently she was given and award of "Great Steward" of Peace Dale Congregational Church.

She was active in setting up the Beavertail Lighthouse Museum and a member of that association, as well as the Jamestown Historical Society, Jamestown Shores Association, Friends of the Jamestown Philomenian Library, the Conanicut Island Land Trust, Retired Teachers of Connecticut, Newington Retired Educational Personnel, and the Alumni Association of Central Connecticut State University.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Samaritan's Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, N.C 28607.

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