Monica Pauline ClarkJune 7, 1965 ~ January 6, 2018 (age 52)
Monica Pauline Clark (Rusch) passed away January 6, 2018 after a lengthy and hard fought battle with cancer. Monica was born in Burlingame, CA on June 7, 1965 to Elroy and Dorothy Rusch and attended Mills High School graduating in 1983. She later graduated from San Francisco State University in 1988, majoring in Business Administration (General Management and Personnel & Industrial Relations). She has been married to the love of her life, Jay Clark, for 24 years. She was blessed with her beautiful daughter Abbey, in 2007, who has been the light of her life ever since. Devotion, unconditional love, sacrifice and proud wife and mother are just a few of the ways to describe Monica’s relationship with them.
With a smile that could light up a city, Monica made each individual around her feel as if they were the most important person in the world. Family and friends have always been the most important part of her life. She always had something nice to say about people she met, even Dodger fans. She will be forever remembered for her kindness, her laugh, her calming voice and the incredible positive strength she demonstrated throughout this entire struggle.
A lifelong fan of the San Francisco Giants, Monica was memorably sitting in the upper deck at Game 3 of the 1989 World Series when the earthquake hit. Her most favorite experience was being an usher for the Giants during the 1991 and 1992 seasons at Candlestick Park. She later cheered them on from home during their World Series victories in 2010, 2012, and 2014.
A lover of travel, Monica visited Hawaii, Canada, Greece, Paris, the United Kingdom, and Jamaica. Her family came from Wisconsin and she always made it a point to get back there as often as possible. She recently took a trip to New York to celebrate her success against her disease and to visit family. Monica loved to take pictures and had many photos from her trips showing the fun she had with her friends and family during the excursions.
Monica was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her husband Jay and daughter Abbey. In addition, many cousins including Beth McQuade (Thailand), Adam Chaloeicheep (Brooklyn) and Maryann Bostwick (Brisbane); half-sister, Mary Ann Rusch (Cedarburg, WI), father-in-law Garry Clark (CA); brother and sister-in-law Scott and Angela Clark and nieces Michelle, Emma, and Rebecca Clark (England). She will be deeply missed by her lifelong friend, Nancy Neylon (WI). Monica was a lover of animals and left behind her dog Misty; three cats Bugsy, Cooper, and Mr. Whiskers; and two frogs Romeo and Juliet.
In lieu of flowers we ask that donations be made in Monica’s name to Hospice of the East Bay. Please specify the Bruns House Program.
A memorial service will be held on January 21, 2018 at 10:30 am at Wilson and Kratzer, 825 Hartz Way, Danville, CA, followed by a reception at the Forbes Mill Steakhouse.