Obituaries 07-29-2021

Dolores “Tootsie” Clark

July 19, 1930 – July 24, 2021

Dolores “Tootsie” Clark entered eternal life on Saturday, July 24, five days after her 91st birthday.  

Better known as Tootsie to her family and friends, she had been living courageously with dementia over the past several years.

Born, raised and a lifelong resident of Chelsea, Tootsie was the beloved daughter of the late Theresa (Hurley) Cardillo and George Cardillo.  She attended St. Rose School, graduated from Chelsea High School, married Edward F. Clark and, together, raised a family of three sons and two daughters in Chelsea.  She was widowed with the passing of her beloved husband in 1997. 

Tootsie worked outside of her home, beginning her long career at the Cottage Manor Nursing Home and ended her career working for over 20 years at Revere Check Cashing before retiring in her early 80s. For the past several years, she resided with her daughter in Bradford. 

She was a longtime member of the Chelsea Zonta Club. A proud and active Zontian, she participated in organizing many fundraisers and charitable events.  Tootsie could always be counted on to lend a helping hand or provide transportation for family and friends. She enjoyed socializing and traveling. Most recently, she deeply treasured time spent with her great-grandson, Parker, who was the light of her life and who would always bring a wonderful smile to his great-grandmother’s face.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Tootsie was also predeceased by her three beloved sons: Bruce, Lance and Scott Clark. 

She was the devoted mother and loving mother-in-law of Karen Clark and her partner, Bernie LaVita of Dracut, Stacy Gillis and her husband, Vincent “Jim” Gillis of Bradford and June Mugford Clark of Methuen; cherished grandmother of Kassidy Jay (and partner, Jacob Seavey of Sandown, NH), Brendan Jay (and fiancé, Hannah Fleig of Raymond, NH), Justin Clark and Kylee Clark of Arizona and adored great-grandmother of Parker Ryan Seavey.

Relatives and friends are most kindly invited to attend visiting hours on Saturday morning, July 31 from 8:30 to 10 a.m. in the Welsh Funeral Home, 718 Broadway, Chelsea. Her funeral services will be held in the funeral home at 10 a.m.  Services will conclude with interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Everett.

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