William P. Bricker
UTICA — William Paul Bricker, 92, of Utica died June 6, 2004, at the Utica Care Center.
He was born Jan. 1, 1912, at Utica to James F. and Bertha (Biddison) Bricker. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was a member of the Utica Church of Christ.
He is survived by a sister-in-law, Grace V. Bricker of Newark; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Hiram T. Bricker; and sisters, Bessie Bricker, Dorothea (Wolfe) Bricker and Virginia Bricker.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica, where funeral will be at 4 p.m. Mr. Bruce Hissong will officiate. Burial will be in Bell Church Cemetery.
Patricia L. Clark
MOUNT VERNON — Patricia L. Clark, 62, of Beech Street, Mount Vernon, died Monday, June 7, 2004, at her home following an extended illness. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Clement B. Durbin
COLUMBUS — The Rev. Clement Durbin died June 7, 2004, at Mohun Health Center in Columbus.
He was born on a farm in Danville on July 26, 1924, to Clement P. and Elnora (Fritz) Durbin.
Clement Durbin was inducted into the U.S. Army on June 6, 1944. He served in the 79th Infantry Division and was awarded the EAME (European-African-Middle Eastern) Theater Ribbon W/2 Bronze Stars, Good Conduct Medal, Victory Medal World War II and the Occupation Medal. Clement was honorably discharged as a sergeant on June 12, 1946.
Clement entered St. Charles Seminary in September 1946. During this time, he also took one summer quarter at Fordham University, Bronx, N.Y. After four years at St. Charles and four years at Mount St. Mary’s, Norwood, he was ordained by Bishop Michael J. Ready on March 27, 1954. Clement said his first Mass on March 28 at St. Luke’s in Danville. He recently celebrated his 50 year Golden Jubilee Anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood.
Clement’s first assignment was as an assistant at Christ the King in Columbus where he taught religion in the elementary school. He was then transferred to Watterson High School as assistant to the principal and taught English and religion. While he was at Watterson, Clem took classes at The Ohio State University in high school administration and received his master’s degree in 1963.
Clement was assigned as principal of Rosecrans High School in Zanesville and assistant as St. Nicholas’s parish. He then was asked to supervise the construction of Father Wehrle Memorial High School in Columbus, where he became the founding principal. During the construction, he assisted at St. Ladislas and taught religion at St. Mary’s and Holy Rosary schools. He was also the associate pastor at St. Rose Church, New Lexington.
Throughout his career, Clem was chaplain of the Diocesan Committee on Scouting for Boys, Ordinary Confessor to Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis, Conference Master to Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis, Ordinary Confessor of the High School Borders at St. Charles, and assistant with residence at St. Margaret of Cortona Church.
Following this time, Clement was assigned as assistant at St. Elizabeth’s in Columbus, then as pastor at Ascension Parish in Johnstown. He then retired to the St. Francis de Sales Parish community.
He is survived by his brother, George S. Durbin of Columbus; his sisters, Rita Durbin, Frances Miller and Mary Blubaugh, all of Mount Vernon, and Rose Goodof of Naples, Fla.; special friend, Conrad Blowers of Newark; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Alphonsus J. Durbin and Paul J. Durbin; and one sister, Agnes Harlett.
Friends and family may call Wednesday from 3 to 9 p.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church with the Bishop James A. Griffin officiating. Interment will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Newark. Reed-Egan Funeral Home, 141 Green Wave Drive, Newark, is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Society for the Propagation of the Faith, 197 E. Gay St., Columbus 43215.