Linda  Clarke

Linda Mae (Stadel) Clarke, 78, of Kalamo Township, passed away peacefully on Monday, February 11, 2019 at her home. Linda was born in Charlotte on February 5, 1941, the daughter of the late DeVere and Thelma (Barlond) Stadel. She was raised in the Bellevue area and attended local schools, graduating in 1959.

She was the wife of Dean Clarke. The couple was married in Charlotte on April 22, 1961. They began their lives together on a small family farm in the Eaton Rapids area. Early in their relationship, Linda worked as a switchboard operator for Michigan Bell Telephone Company, but when her family began to grow, she focused all her attention on caring for her children and her home. After a short time at the Eaton Rapids farm, the couple purchased a farm in the Bellevue area where they raised their family together. Linda always wanted a large family, and took great pride in tending to her home, and her families needs. Each year she would spend time in the kitchen canning fresh food for her family to eat throughout the year.

In her spare time Linda enjoyed Sudoku puzzles, crossword puzzles, and word searches. Linda loved animals, and named each animal on the couple’s farm. She had a special affinity for cats, and rescued every stray cat should could.

Linda is survived by her beloved husband, Dean; and six children, Scott Clarke, Kevin (Susan) Clarke, Brad (Tiffany) Clarke, Brian (Nicole) Clarke, Deanna (Roger) Ladd, Brent (Kara) Clarke; her brother, Norman (Mary) Stadel; 20 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ruth Walker.

Funeral Services were held at Nashville Baptist Church in Nashville on Thursday, February 14, 2019, with Lester DeGroot officiating. Interment followed at Hillside Cemetery in Kalamo.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to The American Cancer Society, or the Humane Society.

Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Daniels Funeral Home in Nashville. For further details, please visit