Marlene Joan Cleary

Marlene Joan Cleary

Marlene Joan Cleary

Cedar Rapids

Marlene Joan Cleary, 87, of Cedar Rapids died Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, at Meth-Wick Community. Services: 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Teahen Funeral Home by Pastor Walter Still. Friends may visit with the family on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Teahen Funeral Home.

Marlene is survived by her son, Brent (Dawn) Foss of Shueyville; two grandchildren, Tyler Foss (Nadia) of Des Moines and Lauren (Hunter) Hynek of Ely; and two great-granddaughters, Heidy and Athena.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; parents; and brothers, Orland and Burt Johnson.

Marlene was born on Feb. 1, 1935, in Darfur, Minn., the daughter of George and Olga Thompson Johnson. She graduated in 1952 from Buffalo Lake High School. Marlene married Homer Foss in 1956, they later divorced. In 1964 Marlene married William Shalgren, they later divorced. In 1998, she married Edward Cleary in Fort Myers, Fla. Sadly, Ed passed away in 2002. Marlene was a merchandise buyer for Brett’s Department Store, Mankato, Minn., for more than 25 years, retiring in 1990.

Marlene enjoyed reading, bargain shopping, and spending time in the Florida sunshine. She loved to make cookies for her brothers and send them for birthdays and holidays. Most of all, Marlene loved to spoil and spend time with her grandchildren, especially if it involved a trip to the beach. She was a caring and generous lady who will be missed deeply by her friends and family.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Woodlands at Meth-Wick, and the Compassus Hospice for their support and care given to Marlene.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Red Cross Hurricane Ian Relief Fund.

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