COLUMBIA, S.C. - Sgt. Major Edward J. Cleary, U.S. Army (Ret.), 84, died Saturday, January 19, 2002, at his residence in Columbia. Rosary service by Rev. Msgr. Charles H. Rowland was held Monday evening at Greenlawn Funeral Home. Funeral Mass for Sgt. Maj. Cleary was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. Josephs Catholic Church, Columbia conducted by Rev. C. Thomas Miles. Final rites and burial with military honors were held in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Columbia. Memorials may be made to the St. Josephs Catholic Church Building Fund. Sgt. Maj. Cleary was born in Albany, N.Y. on March 15, 1917, the son of the late Edward John Cleary and Catherine Gallager Cleary. Sgt. Maj. Cleary retired in 1973 after 30 years of service in the U.S. Army. He served in the European Theater during World War II, post-war Japan, Korea and Vietnam. After retiring, he graduated from the University of South Carolina. He was a member of St. Josephs Catholic Church and was a dedicated and loving husband, father and grandfather. His family was everything to him. Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Anna Lovein Cleary of Columbia; his children, Edward J. Cleary Jr., Charleston, Thomas J. Cleary, Mark R. Cleary, Deborah Anderson, Matthew S. Cleary, Michael A. Cleary, James M. Cleary, V. Thaddeus Cleary, Kevin P. Cleary, all of Columbia, Terence M. Cleary, Augusta, Ga., Timothy K. Cleary, Aiken and Katherine Cleary, Nashville, Tenn.; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister, Joan Bayer of Sarasota, Fla. He was predeceased by his brother, Dr. Paul T. Cleary and his sister, Virginia Recco and Lorraine Braun.
The Augusta Chronicle January 24, 2002