Joseph M. Cleary, Sr.
Passed away Sunday, October 28, 2012. Mr. Cleary was born in June 1936 in Astoria, New York to Thomas and Anna Cleary (Carey). After graduating from Rice High School, Manhattan, he served four years in the U. S. Air Force. He then attained his Bachelor's Degree from Baruch College, City University of New York. Mr. Cleary had a long career in communications in New York, Kansas and Indiana. He was retired from Indiana Higher Education Telecommunications System on the IUPUI Campus.
Mr. Cleary was married to Loretta Seery on November 3, 1962, at St. Cecelia Church in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Cleary was predeceased by his daughter, Anne and his infant daughter, Rene.
Mr. Cleary is survived by his wife, Loretta and son, Joseph and daughter-in-law, Kathleen and grandchildren, Allison and Daniel Cleary.
After settling in Indianapolis, he renewed his love of hockey and was a co-founder of the youth hockey league at Perry Park Ice Rink.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday November 2, 2012 at 10 a.m. in St. Barnabas Catholic Church. Visitation will be Thursday from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Daniel F. O'Riley Funeral Home , where morning prayers will be said on Friday at 9:30 a.m. prior to Mass.
The family wishes to thank the nursing staff and respiratory and physical therapists for their outstanding, expert and loving care of Joe while he was in the Intensive Care Unit of St. Francis Hospital. In place of flowers, they ask for donations to Riley Hospital for Children or St. Barnabas Church or other charity you support. Online condolences may be shared with the family at: orileyfuneralhome.com