OXFORD - Nancy M. (Clarke) Dauksz, 80, of Fort Hill Road, passed away Thursday, November 10, 2022, with her loving family by her side. Born at home in Manchaug, MA, on November 9, 1942, she was the daughter of the late George D. and Ruth E. (Farrar) Clarke.
Nancy worked hard to get her GED and later attended secretarial school while raising five children. She then worked as a switchboard operator at Liberty Mutual in Worcester and Westborough for 19 years, retiring in 2005.
Nancy was a loving matriarch known for her independence and ability to persevere — and smile — through life’s greatest challenges. Her favorite activities always included her family, whether she was visiting Scarborough Beach and Myrtle Beach with her sisters, or tending to her yard and growing fresh blueberries to use in pancakes for her grandchildren. She famously took pictures at every family gathering, eager to preserve happy memories from holidays and apple picking trips at Tougas Farms. Nancy kept her purse impressively packed with snacks for her family, right next to her treasured Salada tea bags. She was especially proud of her children, who make a positive difference in the world through their respective careers.
She is predeceased by her first husband, Gerald Siplas of Oxford, who died in 1962; her second husband, Charles Dauksz of Webster who died in 1985; and her sister Cheryl Stone of Oxford, who died in 2004.
She is survived by her five children, Gerald Siplas and his wife Deborah of Worcester, Thomas Siplas and his wife Melody of Oxford, Michael Siplas of Fitchburg, Dr. Cathrine Kaplan and her husband Michael of South Easton, and Matthew Dauksz and his wife Cori of Shrewsbury; a brother, George D. Clarke Jr. of Putnam, CT; three sisters, Judith Caissie of Oxford, Barbara Jakubowski of Dudley, and Martha Clarke of Charlton; as well as seven grandchildren, two-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2022, at Paradis-Givner Funeral Home, 357 Main St., Oxford. Burial will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery in Worcester. Calling hours are Saturday from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home, prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Beacon Hospice, 36 William St., Leominster, MA 01453, or to Boys Town, 14100 Crawford St., Boys Town, NE 68010, or to a veteran’s organization of your choice.