POSTED: December 15, 1995
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (December 15, 1995)--Mazie E. Cleary, former co-publisher of the Gloucester City News whose bookkeeping wizardry and work ethic kept the paper going in the tough times, died Tuesday, December 12, 1995. She was 86 and lived in Gloucester City, N.J.
Mazie Cleary and her husband of 62 years, George F. Cleary Sr., owned and operated the weekly newspaper from 1950 until 1985, when they sold it to their son William E. Cleary and his wife, Connie. George Cleary died in 1994. George and Mazie Cleary also had owned and operated Cleary's Office Supplies in Gloucester City from 1952 until 1963.
"She was the one who held the paper together as the bookkeeper and financial wizard," said her son William. "I can remember when the bills were done by typewriter, not computer and she would stay till one or two in the morning working away to make sure the bills got out. Anyone who was behind, she would write a nice little note to them.
"After the paper was sold to Connie and I, she still worked part-time as a proof-reader. One particular day she was walking here and tripped on the railroad tracks. As (her ankle) swelled up I got concerned. I said, 'Mom, I want to take you to the hospital.' 'Oh, no you can't,' she said, 'I can't leave until my work is done.' She sat there two more hours proof-reading the paper. When we took her and had her ankle X-rayed, it showed it was broken. This happened when she was 82. That's a story of the old school and how dedicated those people were to their job."
Cleary said his mother was "the unsung hero of the paper. She was the person who held it together. Without her expertise in finance, the paper would have folded long ago." It was also her idea to open the office-supply store. She decided to do it when she needed a typewriter ribbon one day and couldn't buy one in Gloucester, said her son.
He said that his mother taught what she knew to her daughter-in-law Connie, who in recent years has been teaching "Mazie's Ways" to her own daughter, Kelly Ann Tussey, who works at the paper.
"She got a kick out of life. She was a real character," said Tussey, ''she really enjoyed herself and in doing so, made other people laugh. You never knew what she was going to do next."
She loved to dance. At weddings or other events, people would shout for her to take the floor. Part of her dance repertoire included jumping and clicking her heels. She could still do this into her 80s.
"Grandmom could be tough when she wanted to get her point across," said Tussey, "but she mellowed, especially as she aged. I remember being down at the seashore in Stone Harbor with all my cousins and heaven forbid one of the kids should come running through the house. But the great-grandkids could jump on the furniture and grandmom would be there helping them."
The former Mazie Tucker was a 1928 graduate of Gloucester City High School. She was a member of the Gloucester City Lions Auxiliary.
Survivors also include a daughter, Dolores Raube; another son, George F. Jr.; a sister, Florence Messenger, 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband, George F. Sr.; her parents Edward and Jessie (nee Hardiman) Tucker.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. tomorrow at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in Gloucester. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Route 70, Cherry Hill, N.J.
Friends may call between 7 and 9 tonight at the McCann Funeral Home, Brown and Monmouth streets, Gloucester City.
Contributions may be made to Vitas Healthcare Corp., Suite 105, 2 Executive Campus, Route 70 and Cuthbert Boulevard, Cherry Hill, N.J. 08002 or the Alzheimer's Association of South Jersey, Chapter 317, Princeton Avenue, Stratford, N.J. 08084.
George F. Cleary Jr. Succumbs, Gloucester City Letter Carrier, Army Intelligence/Security Command Veteran,
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