When asked what was the most important gift that a person could receive, Clare Bernardine McCusker's reply was "Education … definitely." Bernardine was a dedicated homemaker, wife, mother of five, and grandmother to seven with a great love for crafts of all kinds. She was well-accomplished in ceramics but also enjoyed needlework, trunk restoration, community plays, and the symphony. She was a founding member of the St. Monica Parish in Lubeck, West Virginia, and was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in downtown Parkersburg. She was active in her church and her community, the Parent Teacher Association, and volunteered as a tutor for elementary age students.
When she passed away in July of 2020, her husband, children, and grandchildren, carefully considered how to best commemorate her lifelong devotion to caring for others and to art in our community. They decided to honor her by establishing the Clare Bernardine McCusker Memorial Fund with the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation. With this memorial fund, Bernardine's caring legacy will continue forever as her passion for arts and crafts is carried on with support available to the community in her name.
This charitable fund will forever provide annual support to organizations that pursue the development and education of music, arts, and crafts in the Foundation's service area, causes which were near and dear to Bernardine's heart. It's envisioned that projects involving ceramic work, needlework arts, etc., may receive funding through Bernardine's memorial fund.