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Hazel (Tetreau) Cleary

Hazel T. Cleary, 93, of County Road, Ipswich, died Wednesday evening, July 13, 2016.

Hazel was born in Tunbridge, VT on January 13, 1923, the daughter of the late Thomas E. and Phoebe Mae (Farnham) Tetreau.  She grew up in Somerville and Lawrence but spent much of every summer visiting her Farnham relatives on their farms in Tunbridge where her mother's family had lived for generations.  She was a graduate of  Lawrence High School Class of 1941. When driving with friends one day she saw a handsome young man hitchhiking in Andover and although they did not stop to pick him up, she did make sure to later get an introduction to him at a dance at the Crystal Ball Room in Andover.  She married Cornelius A. (Neil) Cleary on September 24, 1945 at the Philadelphia Navy yard on his  return from World War II.  Although the young couple did not take a honeymoon, Hazel was given a tour of the ship and impressed the crew with her skill at climbing a rope ladder in heels and a skirt.  The young couple lived in Andover, Washington D.C. and Ithaca, NY while Neil completed college and law school.  Later they moved to Hampden and finally settled in Ipswich in 1961.  After their children were grown, Hazel worked at Corliss Brothers Nursery, and then several local banks. Following  her husband's death in 1984, she went to work at the IRS in Andover.

 As a young girl attending the Tunbridge “World's Fair” was a special treat that continued into Hazel's adulthood where she  brought her own young family to enjoy the fun she had remembered. Hazel was also very close to her extended French Canadian family in Lawrence and enjoyed spending special time with them at their many family gatherings.

Hazel enjoyed gardening, cooking, painting, decorating and needlework and was an avid reader. She and her husband enjoyed walking Crane Beach and did so most evenings in the warmer months. Hazel also loved music and dancing. She and Neil saw many of the big bands together in the 1940s. She loved animals, enjoying her own many pets and helping many animals in need. In her eighties, she took up Mahjong, and was a regular at the Ipswich Senior Center on Tuesday and Friday afternoons, for many years.

She is survived by her four children, Dr. Margot Cleary and her husband Dr. Howard Brockman, Jr. of Austin, MN, Dr. Neil Cleary and his wife Dr. Patricia Squillace Cleary of Rockville Centre, NY, Sheila Alden and her husband Dan of Beverly and Laura Cleary of Ipswich; four grandchildren, Michael Cleary and his wife Kristi, Erica Cleary, Stephen Brockman and Kevin Brockman; a sister, Bette (Tetreau) Murphy of Clearwater, FL; a sister-in-law, Jo (Cleary) Curley of Pittsburgh, PA; a brother-in-law, Dr. James Cleary of Georgetown; honorary family member Susana Bamford of Ipswich and many nieces, nephews and cousins. In addition to her husband of forty-two years she was predeceased by a sister Phoebe Mae (Tetreau) Taylor.

Private funeral services were under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial gifts in Hazel's name may be made to The Ipswich Humane Group, P.O. Box 873, Ipswich MA 01938.

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