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Frances M. Lyons-Teesdale-Cleary

Obituary for Frances M. Lyons-Teesdale-Cleary

August 15, 2020
Sea Isle City, New Jersey


Frances M. Lyons - Teesdale – Cleary passed away peacefully at her home on August 15, 2020. Fran was the beloved wife of Francis X. Teesdale who passed away in 1992 and Joseph A. Cleary who passed away in 2006. She is survived by her loving children Rosemary Stroup (John), Teresa McDaniel (Mitchell), Gregory Teesdale (Charlotte), Francis X. Teesdale Jr. (Chick) (Patti), the late Kathleen Teesdale, Joseph Teesdale (Trisha), Patricia Szkotak, Barbara Johnson (Chris), Christopher Teesdale, Brian Teesdale , Sheila Rourke (Ed) and James Teesdale (Kelly); her caring grandchildren Charles and Jacob Stroup, Patrick, Benjamin, Colleen, Maggie, Mack and Mark McDaniel, G. Michael and Zach Teesdale, Kendra Tang, Megan Curran and Conor Teesdale, Jacob, Belle and Lyon Teesdale, Kelli Ann and Tim Fenimore, Eliza Szkotak, Erin, Kevin and Brian Cloud, Christina Strouse, Ed, Kevin and Joe Rourke, Grace, Kaylee, Julia and Olivia Teesdale. Also surviving are her brother Joseph P. Lyons (Mary) and 11 great grandchildren.
Fran had a passion for so much in life that all added up to a strong woman who knew how to take care of herself. In a time where it was not easy to do so, she insisted on achieving her nursing license before settling down with a family. She was an avid reader and hosted a famous superbowl party every year. She loved to dance, especially enjoying Irish music, with her favorite vodka in hand. Frances believed in being well presented and would never be caught without her hair styled and a fresh manicure. She ate to live and did not live to eat. Her enthusiasm for extreme recycling of household items was only matched by her complete disregard for expiration dates. She was never happier than when she was surrounded by her large family on Thanksgiving and Christmas. And every single morning she could be found in church praying for that family with all of her heart. Her life was well traveled, deeply enjoyed, overflowing with love and very well lived.

Relatives and friends are invited to participate in Fran's funeral mass at 10:00AM on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at St. Joseph's R.C. Church, 4308 Landis Ave., Sea Isle City, NJ 08243. Her funeral mass will be lived streamed on Jeffries and Keates Life Celebration Home's Facebook Page. Interment Cape May County Veterans Cemetery 129 Crest Haven Road Cape May Court House, NJ 08210. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Fran's memory to St. Joseph's R.C. Church would be appreciated by her family. To share your fondest memories of Fran visit

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