Cletus McNamara


Cletus McNamara, 93, died Saturday, July 18, 2020 at the Anamosa Care Center with his wife and daughter by his side.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, July 31, 2020 at the St. Patrick Catholic Church, Anamosa with interment in the Holy Cross Cemetery with Military Honors.

Friends may call from 9:30 — 10:30 a.m., Friday morning, at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Anamosa. Father Nick March will officiate at the services.

Mask must be worn and fitted properly over the nose and mouth at all times to enter the funeral home or the church. Social distancing needs to be practiced as well.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Courageous.

Cletus Raymond McNamara was born March 9, 1927 at Anamosa. He was the son of Thomas and Rose Fagan, McNamara. He graduated from the Anamosa Community Schools in 1945. Cletus worked at Iowa Manufacturing in Cedar Rapids during the summers while in high school. Clete served in the United States Navy during WWII. Following his return from service he worked as a meat cutter and at the Anamosa Produce. He married Olga Bena, Oct. 3, 1950 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids. The couple lived in the Anamosa community. Clete went into business with Buddy Downing in 1950 and they operated the Tyler and Downing Market in Anamosa. He retired from the grocery and meat business in 1986.

Clete was a life-long member of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Anamosa. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the VFW and the American Legion.

Surviving is his wife Olga (Ole), a daughter Sandie Tonne (Don Zahs), a daughter-in-law, Kim McNamara, his grandchildren, Bret (Robyn) McNamara, Stefanie Tonne-Jones (Nate Jones) and Tina Tonne, three great-grandchildren, Gavin McNamara, Louis and Braxton Jones and a sister-in-law, Emilie Suchomel.

He was preceded in death by his Parents, his son Doug, two brothers, Francis (Mary Lou) and Loras (Nadine) and his sister Patricia (Duke) Smothers.

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