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Martha McCrea

Martha C. McCrea, 99, of Cedar Falls, IA, formerly of Waterloo, died peacefully in her sleep on Friday, November 24, 2018, at NewAldaya Lifescapes.

She was born January 31, 1919, in Chicago, IL, daughter of Ernest Seibert and Caroline (Hardin) Seibert. She married Edward L. Kleeman in Chicago, IL. He died in 1961. She married Rev. Earle D. McCrea on January 10, 1970, in Cedar Falls. He preceded her in death on November 12, 2005. Martha was a church secretary and later a Teaching Assistant for the Cedar Falls Community Schools for many years, after which she retired.

Martha truly enjoyed her large extended blended family and delighted in hearing about their lives and many accomplishments. She was an eager, hands-on “Gommy,” gladly teaching any willing young ones singing, tap dancing, or whatever she could. With them, she assembled countless puzzles, played games, served as chauffeur and even chatted with the babies right on the floor. She was an enthusiastic audience for everybody’s  activities. Martha had a thirst for learning and loved music, baking, and sewing. She was especially  grateful for any opportunity to be of service to her Lord and Savior through the choir, bell choir and her volunteer work throughout her life. When unable continue other things, she focused on serving the Lord by offering up prayers for those in need.

Survivors include: a son, James E. Kleeman (Janice A. Aasgaard) of Cedar Rapids, IA; granddaughters: Cinnamon S. Kleeman (Frederic Deleglise, fiancé), Briar J. Kleeman (Joseph D. Diaz, fiancé) of Cedar Rapids, IA, Kori W. Haverstick (Christopher P.) of Lewisville, TX; grandson: Ryan A. Kleeman of Oakland, CA, great granddaughter: Brooklyn M. Kleeman, Springfield, MO, great grandson: Kade W. Haase of Freeman, MO; niece: Kathleen M. (Seibert) Radford of Broken Arrow, OK; two stepdaughters: Nancy E. (Daryl D.) Moore of Atlanta, Ga., and Lois Anne (Gary W.) Naylor of Ankeny, IA;  two stepsons: Thomas E. McCrea of Austin, TX, and the Rev. James R. (Delight D.) McCrea of Galena, IL; nine step grandchildren, 15 step great-grandchildren and one step great-great grandson.

Preceded in death by: her parents, a son, Robert A. Kleeman, of Cedar Falls, IA, a granddaughter, Kasey Ann (Kleeman) Haase of Freeman, MO, a stepdaughter-in-law, Merri Lee McCrea (Thomas E.) of Austin, TX and a brother, Stanley L. Seibert of Tulsa, OK.

There will be a Private Memorial Celebration in Waterloo Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to: First Presbyterian Church in Cedar Falls IA 50613 or First Presbyterian Church in Galena IL 61036.


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