Clara J. McCleary
April 12, 1936 - September 2, 2017

Clara J. McCleary

Clara J. McCleary
Apr 12, 1936 - Sep 2, 2017

Clara J. McCleary

MUSCATINE, Iowa - Clara J. McCleary, 81, of Muscatine, passed away on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at her home.

Funeral Service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home. Aurial Luna will officiate. Honorary bearers will be Scott Miller Jr., Brian Miller, Joseph Starkweather Jr., Benjemen McCleary, Michael McCleary, and Richard Olinger. A time of food and fellowship will follow the service at the Muscatine Baptist Chapel, 1235 Lincoln Blvd. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the church. Online condolences:

Clara was born on April 12, 1936, in Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of William Richard and Clara V. McDonald Heck Jr. She married Thomas McCleary on May 24, 1953, in Muscatine.

Clara drove a Muscatine School Bus for 30 years and owned and operated Tom's Market for 35 plus years. She loved her family, gardening, gambling, playing cards, and Goodwill bargains. She was a member of the Ladies of the Moose, and the American Legion and V.F.W. Women's Auxiliaries. She and Tom celebrated their 64th Wedding Anniversary in May and has lived on the Muscatine Island all of her life.

Survivors include her husband, Thomas McCleary Sr.; her children, Cindy J. and Jerry Adkison, Tina A. and Roger Kammerer, Thomas M. and Suzanne McCleary Jr., and Lisa I. Gary Estabrook Jr.; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and siblings, Barbara and Don Baker, Darla Olinger, and Charlie, Nancy and Mary Lou Heck.

She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother, William Richard Heck III; and one granddaughter, Sara J. Creamer.


Connie Douglas on Sep 8, 2017

I loved working with Clara when we both drove school buses. I enjoyed talking with her when we had a few minutes between times, she was a sweet and caring lady, she always talked about her family and how proud she was of them. RIP, dear lady!!

Gary and Millie Estabrook on Sep 6, 2017

There are not enough words to say what a wonderful and very caring person she was and still is in heaven.

Ralph J Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home on Sep 5, 2017

Gary & Linda Goreham on Sep 5, 2017

lisa rhodes david estabrook on Sep 5, 2017

love never leaves the heart sending our
thoughts and prayers.

Darold and Sheryl Snyder and Chad Snyder and famil on Sep 5, 2017

Driving that school bus all those years for the kids on the island. Waving smiling looking in her mirror overhead and telling the kids to find a seat. Our hearts and prayers are with you at this time. Tina please know we are sorry we can't be there for you but she is no more in pain or stuck in a bed. Love to you all at this time

Gary & Linda Goreham on Sep 3, 2017

To all the family ,we are so sorry for your loss,we are saying prayers for all of you

Renee Young on Sep 3, 2017

Clara will be deeply missed by all of us at Goodwill! She would always brighten our day when she'd come in to shop! Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and friends, she truly was a special person who brought smiles and joy to all those around her!

June Welsch on Sep 3, 2017

She was beautiful inside and out. I always enjoyed talking to her.

Elizabeth Hollenbeck on Sep 2, 2017

Clara was a wonderful lady in so many wonderful ways that lady had class in the way she dressed a wonderful card player she will be deeply missed by so many of those of us



Add a photo


Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM


Ralph J. Wittich-Riley-Freers Funeral Home
1931 Houser Street
Muscatine, Iowa 52761
10:00 AM

Show your love and support by purchasing flowers for the family

Clara J. McCleary

Sign in to add your memory

We will never post without permission

Clara J. McCleary

Share Photo/Memorial Tributes

Clara J. McCleary

Add to Your Calendar

Clara J. McCleary

Obit Checkin

Clara J. McCleary

Obituary Notifications

Grief Support

Clara J. McCleary

Get Updates - tribute notifications

Thank you for sharing your memory of Clara

Help show your support by providing a gift of flowers and spreading the word.

Gift of Flowers

Offer comfort and support to the family with beautiful flowers and spreads

Send Flowers Browse Flowers

Spread the Word

Help friends and acquaintances of Clara leave memories by sharing to Facebook

Share to Facebook Share on Facebook