AGNES MARIE CLARK

AGNES MARIE CLARK (BARRETTA)

AGGIE

26 April 1939 – 17 May 2010

Aggie stepped back into the universe after her battle with a rare endocrine cancer.  The process of dying was not as painful as having to leave her treasures: Cheryl Clark Weaver (Geoff) Issaquah Wa; Kevin (Laurie) Renton Wa; Jeffrey (Svetlana) Lynnwood Wa; Michael Issaquah Wa; grandchildren Aleksandra and Nikolas Lynnwood Wa.  She was preceeded in death by her parents Frank and Agnes Barretta Frankfort NY.

She is also survived by her sisters Jo (Barretta) Schanzenbach (Seth) Baldwinsville NY; Rosalie (Barretta) Alsante (Jim) Frankfort NY; Fran Barretta Frankfort NY; Uncle Henry Loiacono (Sophie) West Winfield NY; a niece and two nephews, three great nieces and three great nephews, cousins in the US and Europe too numerous to count.

Aggie graduated from Greg Jarvis High School Mohawk NY (1956), attended Albany Medical Center School of Nursing Albany NY, graduated from the University of Washington with a BS degree.  She worked as a research microbiologist at the Univ of Wa; authored and co-authored more than 25 articles that appeared in medical journals; was past member of Amer Soc of Microbiologists; past State President of the Washington State Federation of Business and Professional Women.  She enjoyed working on miniature houses, traveling, knitting, gardening and reading, especially mystery novels.

At her request there was no memorial service but a dinner for immediate family and friends who were there for her.  Many thanks to Dr. Picozzi and the oncology team at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle.

Her ashes were scattered to the four winds.

10 Responses to “AGNES MARIE CLARK”

  • Cheryl Weaver says:

    “You can shed tears that she is gone,
    or you can smile because she has lived.
    You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back,
    or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.
    Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her,
    or you can be full of the love you shared.
    You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday,
    or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
    You can remember her only that she is gone,
    or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.
    You can cry and close your mind,
    be empty and turn your back.
    Or you can do what she’d want:
    smile, open your eyes, love and go on.”

    David Harkins (British Poet and Painter b. 1958)

  • Svetlana says:

    Death is a part of life, and memories are part of living.
    Aggie was a great mom, wonderful grandma, and a mom-in-law anyone could ever wish for. She never criticized, questioned, doubted or imposed. She was always ready to help. She offered love and balance to our lives. She is much loved and we will always miss her. We will keep her in our memories and in the memories of her grandchildren.

  • Geoff Weaver says:

    Aggie was the quintessential matriarch of our family, loving, supportive and with a capacity for acceptance and forgiveness that was super-human.
    She has enriched my life and made me a better person for having known her.
    Gone but not forgotten.
    Farewell Aggie!

    If only life and death were a thing subject to our will.
    What then would be the bitterness of parting?

    Lady Eguchi 1180ad

  • Lee & Gail Chumbley says:

    Our deepest sympathy to the family. Aggie was a pleasure to know. She will not be forgotten.

    To Cheryl & Geoff: We are here for you, no matter what it is or how long it takes.

  • Cheryl Wobbe says:

    As a friend, Aggie was loyal, patient, and always available when I needed someone in whom to confide. Knowing her has helped me grow and as a mentor she gave me confidence to accomplish goals I might never have attempted.

    I will miss her, but I am so grateful that I knew her.

  • Margaret Way says:

    On behalf of the Washington State Federation of Business and Professional Women, I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Aggie’s Family. Aggie was a long time member of BPW and served as State President in 2001-2002. Aggie will be deeply missed by all of her BPW Sisters.

    Margaret Way
    BPW WA State President

  • Trish Conner says:

    Even though I’ve been gone from WA state for 10 years, I remember Aggie. She made BPW better. Her family has our sympathy on their loss.

  • Darlene Goodwin says:

    I met Aggie when working at the UW. Because of Aggie and Cheryl, I joined BPW. Aggie was an outstanding BPW President. When in New Orleans for a National BPW Convention, we took a trip on the river boat and had dinner at a famous chef’s restaurant. Aggie’s laughter, kindness, sparkle, and wit will be missed.

  • Dr. Ann Stapleton says:

    I worked alongside Aggie for many years at UW, first as a young physician trainee, and later as faculty. Aggie was a consummate professional: bright, engaged, measured, thorough, but always understated. She performed years of meticulous lab work to help develop specialized microbiological lab tests that doctors now order every day. Even more important for someone who so valued the betterment of women, Aggie’s work directly contributed to key improvements in women’s health. My deepest condolences to her family and friends.

  • gina schober says:

    Our heartfelt condolences to Michael and all of Aggies family from her neighbors, the Schobers…. Aggie… such an unassummuning women. Yet there was a strength that you could sense that came through easy conversation…She was such a delight in roadside chats as she strolled on her early morning walks down the lane… she was the one that went outside the box and displayed such selflessness and would landscape the overgrown brush in the road…never proud, and always willing to go out of her way for others…I have missed seeing her over the past year, and truly felt whatever she was going through, she would pull through the battle…such a shock to loose such a wonderful neighbor….She will be missed…
    Gina Schober

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