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Monday, March 14, 2011 Mourns the Passing of Clara Larkin

Clara Marie (Purviance) Larkin, 86, Clinton, died at 2:15 a.m. Friday (March 11, 2011) at her home.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Monday at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Clinton, with Father James Henning officiating. Burial will be at Steenbergen Cemetery, Mount Pulaski. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, with the rosary recited at 2 p.m., at Calvert Funeral Home, Clinton.

Memorial gifts may be made to St. John’s Catholic Church.

She was born June 26, 1924, in Lincoln, daughter of Raymond and Mildred (Reichle) Purviance. She married Frederick Durchholz. He was killed in action in France in 1945 during World War II. She married Dr. Thomas J. Larkin in 1946 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Dr. Thomas J. Larkin survives in Clinton. Also surviving are children, Dr. Thomas J. (Judy) Larkin III, Marion; Patricia (Larry) Arteman, Waynesville; Jean (Dennis) Buraglio, Clinton; Annette (Ghil) Reese, Jerseyville; Dr. John (Kim) Larkin, Clinton; Paul (Sonya) Larkin, Lowell, Ind.; 13 grandchildren, Meghan Arteman-Bodnar, Devin Arteman, Elise Orr, Christian Arteman, Nick Buraglio (Rebecca Toohill), Christopher Buraglio, Michael Buraglio, Lucianna Reese, Stephana Fedchak, John Larkin Jr., Patrick Larkin, Thomas Larkin and Lucas Larkin; four great-grandchildren, Catherine Bodnar, Selena Bodnar, Tiernan Orr, Luke Buraglio; sisters, Laurel (Roy) Baker, Morton, and Marjorie (Joe) Mileham, Springfield; and brothers, Robert (Sharon) Purviance, Lincoln, and Richard (Lois) Purviance, Bull Shoals, Ark.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Harry Purviance.

She was a member of St. John’s Catholic Church. For two years, she worked at the Illiopolis Munitions Plant as executive secretary to the CEO. She later became a homemaker, raising her children and enjoyed her hobbies of reading and cooking.

She was loved by all her family, and a friend to many in the Wapella community.

The family would like to especially thank Chris Buraglio (her grandson), Terry Oakley and Mickie Simmons for their wonderful care during this difficult time.

Our sympathies to the Larkin and Buraglio families.

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