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Jeanne Cleary Goessling

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Jeanne Cleary Goessling

Jeanne Cleary Goessling, 90, mother of nine and creator of miniature letterpress books, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Jeanne was born to James and Evelyn Cleary on Oct. 26, 1923, in Oak Park, Ill. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Chicago in 1944. Against her parents' wishes, she enlisted in the newly formed Marine Corps Women's Reserve and served as a photographer at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, Calif., from 1944 to 1946. After World War II Jeanne sought work back in Chicago, and was interviewed at Marshall Field & Co. by Francis (Mick) Goessling - who did not hire her but instead asked her out on a date. They married in 1950 and were devoted partners until his death in 2001. Jeanne and Mick had seven sons and two daughters.

Jeanne earned her master's in library science from Rutgers University in 1972 and was a high school librarian from 1972 to 1982. After her husband's retirement she returned to Evanston, Ill., and worked for the Pioneer Press as an editorial assistant. Jeanne studied letterpress printing and book binding, and produced her own books under the imprint Gray Goose Press.

In 1999 Jeanne and Mick moved to Esko, Minn., to share a home with son Stephen and his family. There she was a member of the Queen of Peace Catholic Church in Cloquet and the Daughters of Isabella. Jeanne also attended and facilitated classes at the University of Minnesota Duluth's University for Seniors.

Jeanne is survived by her seven sons, two daughters, five siblings, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as close cousins and dear friends.

For more information: http://jeanne.goessling.com.

January 9, 2014 ~ Pine Journal, Cloquet, Minn.

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