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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Audrey M. Cleary

Issue Date: March 15, 2019

Audrey Marie (Boucher) Cleary , 88, of Bismarck, N.D., passed away Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019 at St. Vincent Care Center in Bismarck.

Born June 1, 1930, in Menominee, Mi., the oldest of seven children, to Edmund and Laura Elizabeth (Mushynski) Boucher, she was raised and educated in Menominee and graduated from Menominee High School in 1948. She represented the state of Michigan at the DAR (Daughters of American Revolution) Convention in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee in 1952 with a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. From 1952-55 she worked as a labor and delivery nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital in Milwaukee.

She married Dr. Joseph Wolter Cleary on June 19, 1954 in Menominee and they moved to Bismarck in 1955. They shared their Christian faith and deep love for each other for 58 years until his passing in January of 2013. They believed in "God first, family next, then Country."

As her family grew, she was involved at Cathedral School and St. Mary's High School with many of her children's activities. She was a 4-H leader, Cub Scout Leader, room mother, a member of PRIDE parents and Music Parents and a volunteer driver for many student activities.

In her 59 years in Bismarck, she was involved in many church and community organizations, joined the Welcome Wagon and helped with St. Mary's Carnival, working the Friday night dinner for over 33 years and providing baked goods.

As a member of Cathedral Parish, she served on the Parish Council, the liturgy committee, sang in the choir, helped with cleaning, served on the God's Child Board, St. Mary's School Board and the North Dakota Catholic Education Committee.

She was a charter member of Birthright, served as a member of Bismarck-Mandan Symphony League, Sixth District Medical Auxiliary, YMCA, Toastmasters, Abused Adult Resource Center, Mental Health Association, ARC, St. Vincent's Advisory Board and in 1997 was awarded the PRIDE Award from SMCHS.

Active in Democratic politics for over 55 years, she was elected to the North Dakota State House of Representatives from 1991-97 and from 1999-2003 with her main concern of Social Justice, Education and Health Care. She also was a volunteer coordinator with Meals on Wheels, an active member of Golden Kiwanis, a member of the Catholic Daughters of America and retained an active interest in the Kennedy Memorial Foundation, the League of Women Voters, God's Child, and many volunteer opportunities, including St. Vincent's Care Center, where her husband Joe resided for seven years.

She will be remembered for her homemade brown bread and rocha, she shared for many years with family, friends and at bake sales. Her commitment to social concerns in Bismarck, North Dakota, the United States and the world have influenced many people.

She is survived by 10 children, Patrick (Carolyn), Vail, Az., Susan (Paul) Knoll, Fargo, N.D., Barb (Chuck) Nickolay, New Prague, Mn., Paul (Julie Michels), Fridley, Mn., Bill, Omaha, Ne., Philip (Debra), Eagan, Mn., Richard (Kris), Bismarck, N.D., David (Patricia), Glen Mills, Pa., Mary (Dan) Quinlin, Iowa Falls, Ia., Peter (Kimberly), Inver Grove, Mn. and Stephen (Liz), Anchorage, Ak.; a daughter-in-law, Jane, Bismarck, N.D.; 32 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters.

Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe and a granddaughter.

Visitation was held at St. Vincent Care Center on Friday, Feb. 8 from from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visitation continued on Friday at Our Lady of Annunciation Chapel at the University of Mary from 5 p.m. until time of a Catholic Daughters Rosary/Vigil service at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 9, visitation was held from 10 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. at Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery in Bismarck on Saturday, Feb. 9. Memorials can be given to the God's Child Project, the Kennedy Memorial Foundation, BACEF and Light of Christ Catholic Schools. Eastgate Funeral and Cremation Service of Bismarck, N.D. assisted the family with arrangements.


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