In Memory of Clarence Jilk

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Saturday February 2, 2019
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
212 Church Road
Plum City WI, 54761


5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday February 1, 2019
O'Connell~Benedict Funeral Home of Ellsworth
130 North Grant St.
Ellsworth Wisconsin, 54011


10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday February 2, 2019
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
212 Church Road
Plum City WI, 54761

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Clarence Patrick Jilk, age 86, of the Town of El Paso WI died Sunday, January 27, 2019 at the Preferred Senior Living Center, Ellsworth, WI.
His parents George and Theresa (Reitz) Jilk welcomed him into this world, weighing 2 pounds on September 14, 1932. He was baptized, confirmed and found strength in his Catholic faith. He attended the Maple Grove one room school house close to his home. In his youth, Clarence worked hard on his parent’s farm in El Paso Township. After school, he attended the Dunwoody Institute in the Twin Cities where he learned carpentry. He excelled in the roofing trade for many years. On August 5, 1955, he married Loretta C. Strobel at St. Francis Church in St Paul. They would go on to be married for 49 years. After getting married, he purchased a farm in the Rush River area in 1959 where he cultivated the soil, milked the cows and raised six children until he retired. Clarence was a devoted Packers fan and spent countless hours fishing in his later years. He had a gift of conversation, some say he could talk your leg off. He was a man of several talents, from clock making to beekeeping. His mind was always thinking of how to make or fix something. He created solar panels using aluminum cans.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Loretta; his parents; and all of his siblings.
Clarence is survived by his children, Katherine Jilk of Minneapolis, MN, Keith (Julie) Jilk of Prescott, WI, Karen (Tarry) Schuster of Nenana, AK, Kenneth (Becky) Jilk of Prior Lake, MN, Kris (Steve) Cummings of Spring Valley, WI, Karla (Taher) Sharabati of the Country of Jordan; 12 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild; many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 am on Saturday, February 2nd at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 200 Church Road, Plum City, WI. Visitation will be 5:00-8:00 pm Friday, February 1st at O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home, 130 North Grant Street, Ellsworth and one hour prior to Mass, at the church, on Saturday. Burial will be in Lost Creek/Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery, township of El Paso WI.
The family sincerely wishes to thank the Preferred Senior Living Center staff and Hospice for their detail and attention to Clarence while in their care. To those who visited him, be it known that he truly appreciated your company. 715-273-4421

Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Benedict Family Funeral Home of Ellsworth.

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  • Dear Uncle Clarence
    Our thoughts are with you, and we will miss you.
    I will remember all our family gatherings,and helping you
    pick up rocks in the fields on your farm when I was a kid.

  • So sorry to hear about your loss. Please know we send our prayers for comfort and may you find joy in the memories you will all hold so dear????????
    God bless

  • Worked with Clarence on his farm and carried many a bundle of shingles for him while roofing around the area. Never knew him to us any foul language of any sort, and was slow to loose his temper and always willing to lend a hand to anyone. He was a true gentleman!

  • I lived neighbor to Clarence’s Mother and Dad and family on that little country road. In fact, I went to Maple Grove grade school with most of the children. I was friend to Louise and Leona. I am not sure if I went to school with Clarence or not—I turned 94 in August. However, I know I went to school with some of the boys. I recall Leon. Sorry for your loss. Knowing he is at rest now will give you peace. They were a wonderful family—always welcome at their home. Neighbors helped each other then, and went back and forth to visit in the evening. Great memories. Blessings to the family. (I guess I should say I am widowed and live in Ocala, Fl. with my daughter and husband. My second daughter also lives in Ocala!)