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Rosemary Ann (Linnehan) Cleary, 77, of Haverhill, died on Friday, November 24, 2017, surrounded by her children and dear friends.
She was born on May 6, 1940, daughter of the late Thomas J. and Rosella M. (Colby) Linnehan.
Rosemary grew up in Newton, N.H., with her parents and grandmother, Rose E. Colby. She graduated from Haverhill High School in 1958 and from the Chandler School for Women in Boston in 1960. She worked as a secretary to the Director of the Hale Hospital early in her career and later worked for many years as a medical secretary at Pentucket Medical Assoc. In the early 1960s she lived and worked in Okinawa, Japan, while her former husband, the late Francis W. Cleary, Jr., was stationed there in the Army.
Rosemary loved spending time with her family and grandchildren. She loved flowers and decorating, travelling, taking day trips, cooking, entertaining, attending her book club and spending time with her many friends. She was a devoted daughter who cared for her mother at home for many years during a period of declining health. She will be remembered for her loving spirit, kindness, generosity and infectious laugh.
Rosemary is survived by her loving children, Jennifer Cleary Spargo and husband, Brian of Dover, N.H., and Francis T. Cleary of Manchester, Mass.; grandchildren, Tara, Daniel and Sarah Spargo; and many beloved friends who were like family.
Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, November 28, in the Driscoll Funeral Home, 309 South Main Street, Haverhill, from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral service will be Wednesday morning in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Interment will follow in St. James Cemetery. For online guestbook, please visit www.driscollcares.com.
Published on  November 27, 2017
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