Funeral Services for Cleo Irene Flessner
January 7, 1994 at the McLaughlin Funeral Home in Clay Center, Nebraska
Cleo was born on December 17, 1916, in Clay County, Nebraska. She was the daughter of Charles and Della Fate, the oldest of six children. She was made the Lord’s own in Holy Baptism and confessed her faith in her Savior at her confirmation in 1940.
On March 12, 1936 Cleo was married to John Flessner at Zion Lutheran Church at Clay Center. This marriage was blessed with four children. She assisted her husband John on the farm in the Clay Center/Fairfield area until her husbands death in May of 1972. While on the farm a large garden was enjoyed each year. She would can quarts and quarts of fruits and vegetables. Then there were also the chickens, ducks and geese, many of which would be dressed to be sold in town and delivered by the children.
After John’s death, Cleo had a farm sale and moved to Sutton, Nebraska which was her home for six years. Since 1979 she had made her home in Geneva. Due to failing health in May of 1990, she entered the Heritage nursing home in Geneva. She enjoyed the fellowship and friendship of the Heritage family.
Cleo was called to her eternal rest on Tuesday, January 4, after having another stroke, at the age of 77 years, 19 days.
She is survived by her children: two daughters, Freda Hoffman and her husband Roger of Syracuse, Nebraska, Fay Hoffman and her husband Harold of Austin, Minnesota. Two sons, John Jr. And his wife Esther of Boulder, Colorado, Fred and his wife Jana Lou of Kearney, Nebraska, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She is also survived by one brother, Mertin Fate and wife Evelyn of Danville, Illinois.