Constance “Connie” A. Clarke, 70, of Middletown, passed away quietly at home on Thursday, August 11, 2016. She is survived by her daughter Amanda J. Gallagher, and step-daughter Kerry M. Clarke, both of Jamestown. She is the former wife of the late John P. Gallagher, of Newport and Peter C. Clarke, of Jamestown.

Born in Newport, Ms. Clarke is the daughter of the late Theda (Goodman) and Robert Ardito. She leaves brother Lawrence Ardito and wife Connie, of Culver City, California; brother Phillip Ardito and wife Nancy, of Portsmouth; and several nieces and nephews. Connie is predeceased by her brother Robert Ardito and sister Anne A. Pigage.

In 1963, Connie graduated at the top of her class from Rogers High School. Determined to use her intellect to help others, she enrolled in the Newport Hospital School of Nursing where she found her calling, graduating in 1965 as a Registered Nurse. She began her life’s work caring for others with Dr. Caputi at the Aquidneck Medical Center, where she helped build a thriving practice and distinguished herself as an exceptional medical practitioner. After the practice closed, Connie continued a successful career in nursing, working at a number of hospitals and medical facilities across Rhode Island where she was known for excellence in patient care.

A lifelong member of Hazards Beach, this was Connie’s sanctuary and the foundation for a lifetime of memories shared with family and friends. She was also a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Newport Hospital Auxiliary, Boys & Girls Club of Newport, Jamestown Senior Center, Edward King House and the Italian-American Association. Always focused on the needs of others, Connie supported a number of local organizations and could be counted on to volunteer or lend a hand in any way she could.

Her funeral will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 17 at St. Joseph’s Church, corner of Broadway & Mann Avenue, Newport. Immediately following, burial will take place at St. Columba Cemetery, Brown’s Lane in Middletown, followed by a reception at the Elks Club, 3 Pelham Street, Newport. All friends and family are welcome to attend.

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