OBITUARY

Mary C. McCleary

December 24, 1940May 7, 2020
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Mary Catherine McCleary, 79, passed away May 7, 2020. A private family service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2020 McLaren’s Funeral Chapel with a facebook live stream available during that time. A memorial service will be planned at a later date.

Mary was born December 24, 1940 in Webb, IA to Clarence and Jessie E. (Strong) Brandstatter. Shortly after Mary was born, the family moved to Redfield, IA. She graduated from Redfield High School and moved to Des Moines to work as a legal secretary. Mary married the love of her life, Merlin K. McCleary in 1961, and moved to Savannah, GA where Merlin was stationed with the Air Force. The couple then returned to the Des Moines area before moving to Davenport, IA. Mary worked for the Scott County Secondary Roads Department for over 25 years. She enjoyed reading, watching football, and spending time with her family, especially her grandson.

Mary leaves behind her brother Warren (Estella), sister Vivian Albin, son Raymond, daughter Connie McCleary-Geiger (Kyle), grandson Noah, three sisters-in-law, and thirteen nephews and nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Merlin, brother-in-law Vic Albin, nephew Wes Albin, and niece Kathy (Brandstatter) Devereaux.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at the MercyOne Hospice-Johnston for their wonderful care. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the MercyOne Foundation - Hospice Care.

Services

29 May

Private Family Service

11:00 am

McLaren's Resthaven Chapel

801 - 19th Street
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265

Please visit McLaren's Resthaven Chapel Facebook page to view the live video of Mary's service on Friday at 11 a.m.

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Kathy Steenhoek

May 22, 2020

Mary was a wonderful person. I met her by taking care of her grandson for 6 years. She always said Thank You . Always offered to be of help if she could. I loved her as I loved my own mom.

Susan Wharff

May 22, 2020

Mary was the SWEETEST lady EVER!
Was my favorite tenant when I was property manager at Saddlebrook apts.
She was always smiling and fun!!!

Donna Opperthauser

May 13, 2020

Mary was such a sweet friend - loved our get-togethers in our Bible studies on Fridays. Will miss her!

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