Brodhead – Jean Ann McClaren, age 81, passed away on September 26, 2020 at the Monroe Clinic Hospital.
Jean was born on October 31, 1938 in Spring Grove Township, the daughter of Alfred and Alice (Malcook) Gadow. Jean was married to Monte McClaren on October 8, 1960 in Beloit, WI.
Jean was a Brodhead High School graduate in 1957 and a member of the United Methodist Church of Brodhead. Jean worked as a secretary at Beloit College; owned McClaren Machine & Tool with her husband Monte from 1972-1998 and owned and operated the McClaren Tree Farm for over 35 years before her retirement.
Jean enjoyed taking pictures of her family and spending her time with family and especially her grandchildrens sporting events over the years. Jean also enjoyed spending time with Monte at their cottage up north.
Jean is survived by her 3 children, Tom (Lisa) McClaren, Tammy McElmery (Flint) and Terri (David) Shultz; 11 grandchildren, Eric (Kristi), Kaylee, Ashlen, Kyle, Jason (Katie), Alex (Hollie) Joseph, Angel (Ryan) Sara, Shane and Alyson; 12 great grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Shirley (Jerry) Murray, a special nephew, David Gadow; her cat, Lilly and many other nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Jean was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Monte in 2010, a brother, Donald Gadow and a great granddaughter, Katie Jo.
A visitation will be held at the DL Newcomer Funeral Home in Brodhead on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home at 6:00 PM. Final burial will conclude at Greenwood Cemetery in Brodhead on Friday, October 2, 2020 at 10:00 AM.
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