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.
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
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.
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.