Galena Daily Gazette
27 July 1905

Death of Mrs. Mary Cleary

Mrs. Mary Cleary died at her home in East Galena shortly after 1 o'clock this morning. The deceased was about seventy-two years old, and was the widow of Stephan Cleary, who passed away a number of years ago. She is survived by three daughters and one son, all of East Galena. They are, Agnes, Maggie, Annie and James.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon from the house to St. Michael's church. Interment will be made in the East Side cemetery.

Galena Daily Gazette
29 July 1905

Funeral Services Held

Interment of the Late Mrs. Mary Cleary is Made Today

The funeral of the late Mrs. Mary Cleary was held at 2 o'clock this afternoon from the family residence in East Galena to St. Michael's Catholic church, of which the decedent was a devout member. A large number of friends gathered to pay their last respects to the departed pioneer lady whom they had held in high esteem in life. Interment was made in the East Side cemetery.

As announced in these columns, the death of Mrs. Cleary occurred early Thursday morning.

The deceased was born in County Galway, Ireland, and was one of the early settlers of East Galena. Since the death of her husband, Stephan Cleary, she has lived with her children on the farm which she, through her industry, owned and successfully managed until a few years ago when her health began to fail. Mrs. Cleary was possessed of all the traits that go to make up the true Christian character. She was charitable and upright in all her dealings with others, a good neighbor and a true friend. She leaved to mourn her death four children-James, who manages the farm, Margaret, one of Jo Daviess county's successful teachers, and Agnes and Anna who reside at home; also a sister, Mrs. Margaret Reed, of Hanover, Kansas.

Submitted by Tim Doser