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Helen S. McCleary, 96

May 24, 2015

Formerly of Blue Earth Helen Sophia (Haeckel) McCleary was born Jan. 21, 1919 to John and Effie (Hengen) Haeckeln in Fairmont. She passed away on May 14, 2015 in Clearwater, Fla.

Helen graduated from Fairmont High School in 1937 and attended the Minnesota School of Business. On March 25, 1940 she was married to Darrell J. McCleary and made their home in Blue Earth. She was manager and bookkeeper of Mac’s Service and operated Mrs. Mac’s Gift Shop. She was librarian of the Etta C. Ross Memorial Library from 1965 to 1972, creating the children’s library. She was the first president of the BE Wrestling Boosters. In 1982 she and Mac moved to Florida to enjoy retirement.

She is survived by her four children, James K. (Barb), Charles J. (Pat), William R. (Karen) and Sue E. (Frank) Strobl; ten grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; one sister-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

Helen was preceded in death by her parents, husband, nine siblings and one granddaughter.

There will be a private family memorial held in Florida at a later date. Memorials are preferred to the Blue Earth Community Library.