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James J. Clarke

July 15, 1928 - May 23, 2018


Waverly, New York

Date of Death:

May 23, 2018



Birth Date:

July 15, 1928

Birth Place:

Pittston, Pennsylvania

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James J. Clarke

James J. Clarke, 89, of 105 Tracy Road, Waverly, passed away on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Sayre Health and Rehab in Sayre, PA.

Born on July 15, 1928 in Pittston, PA, James was the son of the late James A. and Mary Joyce.  He was raised by his nana, Elizabeth Hughes, from the age of two months for 18 years until her death in 1946.

Jim was a graduate of Sayre High School, Class of 1946.  He was employed by Ingersoll-Rand in Athens for 39 years.  On July 21, 1951 he married the former Donna P. Schanbacher in Waverly.  Jim was a loaner and did not belong to any social organizations.  After his retirement in 1985, he was active for over 10 years as a volunteer for the Valley Chapter of the Red Cross in the Blood Services Dept.  He also was a volunteer for many years as a driver for the Meals on Wheels Program in the Valley.  He enjoyed woodworking, gardening and lawn care.  For years he was a devoted care giver for his wife who suffered for 18 years from Parkinsons disease.  He was predeceased by her in 2004.

James is survived by his daughters, Kathleen Clarke of Waverly and Mary Jo Paul of Laceyville, PA; granddaughter and spouse, Sarah and Chris Yoder; great grandchildren, Kia, Eric and Aleena Yoder of Laceyville, PA; special friend, Alice Geiling of Vermont; and his faithful companion cat, Ella.

At James’ request there will be no calling hours and private funeral services will be at the convenience of the family.  The family is being assisted by Blauvelt Funeral Home, 625 Broad Street, Waverly, NY.  Those wishing to send a message of sympathy may visit our Facebook page or by sending a private message of sympathy in “Obituaries” at

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