Belvidera (Belle) E. Clark, age 90, of Torrington and formerly of Milford for many years, beloved wife of the late Charles H. Clark Sr. died on January 7, 2022. Belvidera was born in Cheshire, CT on August 8, 1931 to the late Franklin and Esther (Alling) Banta. At age 6 the family moved to Milford. She went through grammar school and graduated from Milford High School in 1949. She married her beloved Charles on November 18, 1950. She had fraternal twin boys the following year and ten years later had a baby girl. Besides being a loving mother, and housewife, she became a School Bus Driver for the City of Milford for 7 years, a job she truely loved. In 1975 they moved to Shelton where she lived for 11 years. In 1986 they moved to Tolland, Massachusetts were they bought a sprawling farmhouse with several acres. Upon her husband's failing health they returned to Connecticut, she ironically returned to Milford High in 2004 to live in Milford Senior Housing which was one of her old classroom which was converted to an apartment. She lived there until August of 2019, when she pulled her ligament and tore her meniscus. She moved into Regal Care in Torrington were she remained until her death.
She was a volunteer for Milford Senior Center for a few years and a proud member of Daughters of the Nile. Throughout her life she enjoyed playing Bingo with her friends. Enjoyed camping in her early 80's. She learned to play the piano while her children were still in school and after they were grown learned to play the organ. Belle was a talented knitter and crocheter most items she enjoyed giving away and bringing someone else joy. At age 90 made a crocheted blanket for her great-grand child.
She leaves her loving children: Son, Henry Clark and his wife Carol of Wakefield, RI, Charles Clark and his wife Barbara of Lakeland, FL and Jacqueline Bitso and her husband Robert of Tolland, MA, a sister, Rosalie Stanislawski of Milford, a brother-in-law, Fredrick Hopkins of Milford, grandchildren; Amber Perreault and her husband Adam, Robert Bitso Jr., Nicole Kenny and Stacy Trigg, and great-grandchildren, Harper Perreault and Emerson Trigg and several nieces and nephews.
Belvidera was predeceased by her siblings; Franklin Banta, Johnny Banta, Frances Banta, Norma Clark, Florence Hopkins. Friends and family may call on January 17, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in THE GREGORY F. DOYLE FUNERAL HOME, 291 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford. A Service will be held in the funeral home at 12:00 p.m. followed by the interment in Kings Highway Cemetery, Milford.
Please use the following link to access the online viewing of the funeral service starting at 11:30 a.m. on Monday January 17th.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Shiners Hospital in Springfield. To leave an online condolence, please visit, www.gregoryfdoylefuneralhome.com
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