Teruko A. Clark

Teruko A. Clark, nee Akamatsu, 80, of Belleville, IL, born Tuesday, December 2, 1930, a native of Japan, died Tuesday, June 7, 2011 at Rosewood Care Center in Swansea, IL.

Teruko was a retired seamstress from Famous Barr, but continued to sew for family and friends throughout the years. Teruko affectionately known as "Obachan" by her grandchildren and many others, loved to cook for family and friends. Her fried rice became infamous and was often requested by those who had tried it.

She was preceded in death by her:

  • Husband: Ted R. Clark
  • Parents: Sanshi and Yoshi  Akamatsu
  • 2 infant sons

Surviving are her:

  • Daughter: Kimberly (Donald) Johnston
  • 3 Grandchildren
    • Jessica Johnston (fiance' Hugh Thompson IV)
    • Stephanie Johnston
    • Kyle Johnston
  • Sister-in-law: Wanda Radisic
  • 10 brothers and sisters who reside in Japan

Special Thanks: The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Rosewood Care Center and Memorial Convalescent Center for the loving care they provided Teruko.

Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Catholic Urban Programs or Althoff Catholic High School Vision Fund.

Services: Abiding by her request, cremation was conducted and there will be no memorial services.

Condolences left for Teruko A. Clark:

    Kim and family, what a great person your mother was. I always enjoyed going over to have her do alterations just to talk with her. She was so proud of you and her grandchildren. What a kind hearted and generous person she was. Please accept my sincere sympathy. Patty

    Patty Karraker Fairview Heights IL 62208

    Kimberly and family so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was always such a sweet, sweet woman. I will never forget staying over at your house on 59th street and the wonderful foods we always ate. Especially remember the cheesecakes! May her memories live forever in your hearts and lives and bring you comfort.

    Lisa LeGrand Rockwall TX 75087