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Lorraine Cleary

Published On: Feb 18 2013 05:45:55 AM CST
Updated On: Feb 20 2013 05:22:15 AM CST

Lorraine M. Cleary, age 87, of Blanchardville, Wisconsin passed away on Friday, February 15, 2013 in Pecos NM while staying with family. Lorraine was born on November 25, 1925 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to George and Clara (Detlaff) Hastrich. She graduated from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee before accepting a teaching position at Blanchardville High School. While teaching in Blanchardville, she met and later married on August 6th, 1949 her husband Robert of 57 years. The couple farmed in the rural Blanchardville/Hollandale area before moving to Madison in 1953 where Lorraine worked at Edgewood College, the University of Wisconsin, and then spent most of her working career as an executive secretary at Oscar Mayer Co. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, gardening and antiquing with Bob. She especially enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great grandchild.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bishop Jerome J. Hastrich; and her husband Robert who died on June 13, 2007. She is survived by her son Robert Cleary of Pecos, NM; daughters Maureen (Marlin) Bredeson of Blanchardville and Kathryn Cleary of Pecos, NM; two grandchildren, Erik Bredeson of Argyle and Andrea (Ben) Obrien of Belleville; one great-grandchild, Chace, of Belleville; and a twin brother, Monsignor George M. Hastrich of Madison as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 23rd at Immaculate Conception Church in Blanchardville. Fr. Tom Gillespie and Monsignor Hastrich will co-officiate with burial at St. Michaels Cemetery in rural Blanchardville. Friends may call on Friday from 5:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Saether Funeral Home, Blanchardville where a rosary will be recited at 7:30. Online memories and condolences can be shared with the family at

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