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Eileen M. Clark, 61

ADAMS, Mass. —  

Eileen M. Clark, age 61, of Adams, MA passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 27th at Williamstown Commons surrounded by her family and a very special nurse after a 7-year battle with early onset Alzheimer's disease. Eileen was born on April 2, 1960 in North Adams, MA to Helen R. Dempsey and the late John M. (Jack) Dempsey. Eileen attended schools in Adams and graduated from Hoosac Valley High School with the Class of 1978. She went on to attend North Adams State College and graduated Summa Cum Laude in 1982 with a degree in Sociology. At the age of 16, Eileen began working at her family business, Martin's Shoe Store, where she continued to work until 2001. Eileen went on to become the Executive Director at Berkshire Dance Theatre for several years while her daughter danced there and was best known as a "BDT Betty." Eileen most recently worked at MCLA as an Administrative Assistant in the Admissions Office until August 2014.

Eileen was a voracious reader and enjoyed collecting books. She also loved to challenge herself with a good crossword puzzle. Eileen could always be found at a sports field, a dance studio, or volunteering at her children’s schools in their younger years. If Eileen were asked what her perfect day would look like, it would be spent on the beach in Wells, Maine with her family.

Eileen leaves behind her high school sweetheart and loving husband of 35 years, Roni Clark and her daughter, Kara Clark (Chris Coons). She is also survived by her mother, Helen Dempsey; a sister, Carrie Alibozek (Douglas); a brother, John Dempsey (Deborah); a brother in law, David Clark (Stefanie); her grandson, Braydin Clark; her granddaughter, Gabriella Clark; and several aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Eileen also leaves behind a close friend and former caregiver, Sandra Overlock, and an extended family at 25 Adams Rd in Williamstown. In additional to her father, Eileen was predeceased by her beloved son, Derek J. Clark, and her stepfather Sydney F. Ayres.

The Clark family would like to the extend their gratitude to the staff at Williamstown Commons, as well as Hospice Care in the Berkshires, for their extraordinary care and compassion. Calling hours for Eileen will be held on Saturday, May 8th, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM in the PACIOREK FUNERAL HOME, 13 Hoosac St. Adams. Due to current regulations, use of face masks and social distancing will be strictly enforced. Funeral services and burial will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Derek Clark Educational Fund, for the benefit of Eileen’s grandchildren, through the funeral home. To leave a message of condolence, please go online to

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Roni so sorry for your loss. Issy and Judt
from: on: 05-07-2021

Ronny I am so sorry for your loss.
from: Sandy Overlockon: 05-06-2021

I extend my condolences to Eileen's family. I met her through Martin's show store .Through the years we became friends. I knew her father and was a frequent visitor to the store .She will be missed I remember her beautiful smile .Rest in Peace Eileen'until we meet again.
from: Cindy (Pecor) Schneider on: 05-06-2021

Roni and family you are in our thoughts and prayers.
from: Frances and Andyon: 05-06-2021

Ron and family so sorry for your lost. I knew Eileen from school. She was a special person..Always with a smile and a hello. My prayers are with you all.
from: Joanne Augello (Arigoni)on: 05-05-2021

Roni & family,
I am so sorry for your loss, this has not been a good year for the family. Eileen was a beautiful person inside and out. I know how much you will miss her, but she is at PEACE with Derrick. I'm sure she knew you were always by her side. I hope loving memories of her will help you though this.
from: Jane(Pikul) Nevareson: 05-05-2021

I am so sorry for your devastating loss.
from: Maria Gamarion: 05-05-2021

So very sorry for your loss....
RIP my friend ❤️
from: Linda Giroux on: 05-05-2021

Very sorry for your loss my friend 🙏🏼❤️
from: Stephen alibozek on: 05-05-2021

To Helen, Carrie, Ron & all Eileenís family, Such sad, sad news of Eileenís passing. My deepest and sincere condolences. You have all been through so much. Prayers for her soul and for all of you.🙏💜
from: Diane Parsonson: 05-05-2021

Roni & Kara, Iím so sorry to hear about Eileen. She was a wonderful person and will be missed by anyone who ever met her.
from: Jim Wolon: 05-05-2021

My deepest condolences to Roni and family for their loss
from: Keith Deanon: 05-04-2021

Iím very saddened by Eileens passing 😢A very sweet and happy woman 💕We always spoke when we see one another and laughed together when she was at the shoe store She will be missed😢🙏🏻♥️MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO HER FAMILY 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
from: Michele Bolandon: 05-04-2021

So sorry to hear of Eileens passing she was a beautiful woman , she was there in the Alzheimer unit when my husband was there ... sorry for your loss Clark family
from: Jeanne Harveyon: 05-04-2021

I am so sorry for your loss.
from: Liz Yates Celentanoon: 05-04-2021

May Eternity welcome you with open arms, Eileen, God bless.
from: Herman Bishopon: 05-04-2021

Iím saddened by the news of Eileenís passing. I remember her from the shoe store. She was always so pleasant & happy with a beautiful smile. I bought all my sonís shoes there & the welcoming and satisfaction was superb.
Rest In Peace Eileen, you will be missed.
from: Judy Nimmonson: 05-04-2021

I'm so sorry to hear about Eileen. She was the sweetest, happiest person. I never saw her without a smile on her face and a kind word. My sympathy and prayers to her family.
from: Alice Racetteon: 05-04-2021

Sorry for your loss Eileen was a nice woman
from: Steve Martinon: 05-04-2021

Sorry so sorry
from: Jeffrey Vignaon: 05-04-2021

My thoughts are with the whole Clark family. 💜
from: Jenon: 05-04-2021

To the Clark family, We were so sorry to hear of Eileens passing, She was a great person, Iíve known her since her shoe store days, Iíd buy my sons shoes there, Always so patient and helpful. Always a great smile. Our prayers our with you. She will be missed
from: Pasternakís on: 05-04-2021