Judith Cleary


Judith Anne Van Cleve Cleary, 82, a Knoxville resident and Englewood, N.J. native died Wedneseay, Nov. 20, 2013, at the Baptist Health Care Center, Lenoir City, Tenn., following a brief illness. Mrs. Cleary was a former McMinnville, Tenn., resident, retired teacher with the Warren County School System, member of First Presbyterian Church, McMinnville and daughter of the late Philip and Gertrude Weber Wagner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husbands, Richard Van Cleve and John Cleary; sister, Alice Lindstrom; and niece, Karon Lindstrom. She is survived by three sons, Andrew (Laurie) Van Cleve, of Covington, Tenn., Bruce (Lucy) Van Cleve, of Knoxville, and David (Margie) Van Cleve, of Yakima, Wash.; one daughter, Kay (Jeff) Grissom, of Greeneville, Tenn.; three step-children, Jeff (Marie) Cleary of Chattanooga, Mike (Nola) Cleary of Roanoke, Va., and Tim Cleary, of Greenville, S.C.; grandchildren, Eric (Molly) Van Cleve, Adrian (Ali) Van Cleve, Whitney (Rory) Elliott, Johnathan Van Cleve, Samantha Grissom, Philip Van Cleve, Kelli Grissom, Robert Van Cleve, Anne Marie Van Cleve and Jasper Andoy; brother-in-law, Dick Lindstrom; nephew, Rick Lindstrom; and niece, Donna. Mrs. Cleary was a graduate of Teaneck High School, Teaneck, N.J. and Dickinson College in Carlise, Pa. She was willing to serve others which lead her into the teaching field and church ministries. She was active with youth programs, women in the church and various committees. She was a friendly lady who could speak to anyone. She enjoyed traveling, was an avid reader, loved to garden and being outdoors. Funeral service will be noon Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Highs Chapel with Harry Green officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. View Cemetery. Visitation will be 10 a.m. Saturday until time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions to Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries, 418 Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917 or the charity of your choice. High Funeral Home, 931-473-2137.

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