Sondra Lea Clark, born Sondra Lea Harris on April 13, 1936, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday September 16, 2023. Sondra was a native of Indianapolis, where she attended Immaculate Heart of Mary from its opening in 1946 and went on to graduate from Broad Ripple High School in 1954. Sondra then attended Butler University, where she was in the Pi Beta Phi sorority. Sondra married John G. Corey, Jr. in 1958. She was preceded in death by her brother, Paul (Buzz) Bisesi, and their parents Mercurio and Leatha Bisesi.
She leaves behind her husband of 56 years, Lindley E. Clark, Jr. (Ed) and her four sons John G. Corey III (Cindy); Jeffrey P. Corey (Amy); Christopher E. Clark (Melissa) and Michael L. Clark. Lovingly referred to as “Baba,” she leaves behind seven grandchildren, ages 36 to 5 years, and four great-grandchildren. Also left behind is her dear friend, and partner in crime, Penny O’Leary (Jerry).
To know Sondra was to love her. From the early days at Broad Ripple High School to her final days at Woodland Terrace of New Palestine, Sondra spread her infectious smile and positivity everywhere she went. Too many to mention are the lives she touched, and infinite are the fond memories we all have of her.
In 1981, Sondra and Ed moved to Nestor Falls Ontario Canada. For over 40 years, she and Ed enjoyed all that Northwest Ontario had to offer. When not running the Maple Leaf Gift Shop & Canoe Outfitters, she enjoyed fishing and shore lunches, picking blueberries, cross country skiing, and snowmobiling. Hosting friends and family, mixing cocktails, and making people feel welcome were amongst her indoor hobbies. Sondra was also an avid card player and enjoyed countless casino junkets and Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments.
Wherever Sondra focused her mind, her heart followed and that was apparent in everything she did.
Sondra, Son, Mom, Baba… you are missed!
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (www.stjude.org).
Visitation and Memorial Service will be held Friday October 6 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Harry W. Moore Funeral Chapel located at 8151 Allisonville Rd. Indianapolis, Indiana. The Memorial Service will be live-streamed online for those who are unable to attend; please see www.indianafuneralcare.com/obituaries for the link to the service. A luncheon will be provided following the Memorial Service at a location to be determined.