Obituary for Dorothy Meta Cleary

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Dorothy M. Cleary, 98, of Onalaska, passed away Monday, March 26, 2018 at Brookdale Onalaska. She was born in La Crosse on June 6, 1919 to Frank and Ida (Westphal) Hayek. She married Howard F. Cleary on July 11, 1942 and he preceded her in death on July 4, 1982. Dorothy was a member of the Brice Prairie Rock and Garden Club.
Dorothy loved to tell stories and reminisce about times when Howard was in the service, the numerous places they resided and all of the wonderful times they spent together.
She is survived by her sister-in-law Janice Cleary, nieces Linda Cleary and Patsy Ramsett and many additional nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, a sister, four brothers, a nephew Howard Cleary and a niece Marilyn Hegenbarth.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 28th at 10:30 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 1031 Main Street, Onalaska. Monsignor Steven Kachel will officiate and entombment will be in the Catholic Cemetery Mausoleum. Friends may visit with the family at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services. The Dickinson Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family wishes to express a special thank you to the entire staff at Brookdale Onalaska for the wonderful and compassionate care that was given to Dorothy during her time with them. Information and online condolences may be given to the family at