Carol Combra Clark


Carol Combra Clark died peacefully at her home in Tisbury surrounded by her family on Saturday, November 20, 2010, after a lengthy illness.

She was born Carol Ann Combra on January 3, 1944 in Oak Bluffs to Herbert Combra Sr. and Martha Lovell Combra.

Carol’s greatest joys in life came while surrounded by her family. She was an avid baker, knitter, and crafter. She had once owned and operated both a cake decorating store and craft store. She created countless wedding and birthday cakes for family and friends.

She loved spending time with her many grandchildren. Carol and her husband, Bob, enjoyed many vacations with her brother-in-law, Richard Clark, and his wife, Lorraine. Carol divided her time between her home on the Vineyard and her home in Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida, where she also had many close friends.

Carol is survived by her husband of 25 years, Robert H. Clark; her three children — Lisa Packish Merritt of Oak Bluffs, Lynn Packish Dwane of West Tisbury, and Brian Clement Packish of Oak Bluffs, and her step-daughter Robin Sylvia of Tisbury. She will be deeply missed by her 11 grandchildren. She also leaves her brother, Herbert Combra, and his wife; Hilde, her brother, Richard Combra, and his wife, Dawn; and aunts, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Carol was predeceased by her sister Marilyn Combra Rebello, her brother Russell Combra, and her stepson Robert Clark Jr.

The funeral service was held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish on Tuesday, November 23. Interment was at Oak Grove Cemetery in Tisbury.

For their wonderful assistance and gentle care, donations may be made in her honor to the Vineyard Nursing Association, P.O. Box 399, Vineyard Haven, MA 02568.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Please visit for online guest book and information.