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LuAnn Cleary-Benninghaus

Oct 15, 1946 - Nov 25, 2022


LuAnn Cleary-Benninghaus, 76, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully in her home on November 25, 2022.
LuAnn was born to Earl and Leda Cleary of Olga North Dakota in 1946 and grew up on her family’s farm with her six siblings. She attended high school in Crookston, MN and college at Mayville State University in North Dakota. She later went on to obtain her master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. LuAnn was a lifelong educator in Sheboygan teaching business at North and South High Schools as well as Farnsworth, Horace Mann and Urban Middle Schools. In 1984 she moved to Greely Colorado and taught at the University of Northern Colorado’s Laboratory School for two years and returned to Sheboygan in 1986 to marry William (Bill) Benninghaus and resume her teaching career in the Sheboygan Area School District.
LuAnn had a never-ending thirst for adventure, new experiences, learning and volunteerism. During summers off from school she and her family would regularly spend time with her siblings in her home state of North Dakota or on trips to amazing places. She was very proud of her Irish heritage and participated in many activities with her Celtic Women friends and was an active member in the American Association of University Women. LuAnn didn’t slow down in retirement from teaching. She worked part time for the Congregation Beth El Jewish Synagogue in Sheboygan and volunteered at Immaculate Conception Parish with various festivals, calling bingo and organizing the member directory. In addition, she was active with the Sheboygan Area Historical Society, where she and Bill spent many hours volunteering together; the Red Hat Society; playing Mah-Jongg with two groups; and experiencing new restaurants in the Sheboygan area with family and friends.
LuAnn is survived by her husband Bill Benninghaus of Sheboygan; her son and daughter-in-law Matthew and Amy Cleary; granddaughters Megan Cleary and Taryn Cleary; siblings and their spouses Tom and Jean Cleary, Karen and Greg Bimler, Tim and Marsha Cleary, Colleen Milek, Terry and Karen Cleary and Cyndy Costanza; and, of course her beloved friends in the Sheboygan area.
LuAnn is preceded in death by her parents Earl and Leda and brothers-in-law James Milek, Charles Costanza, Ralph Benninghaus, Tom Benninghaus, Duanne Benninghaus, Carl Benninghaus and Richard Bennighaus.
A funeral mass will be held for LuAnn on Saturday, December 10, 2022 at 12:00 pm at the Immaculate Conception Parish located at 1305 Humboldt Avenue in Sheboygan, WI and will be officiated by Father Subi Thomas. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Saturday, December 10, 2022 from 10:00 am until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Immaculate Conception Parish or the Sheboygan County Historical Society and Museum, an organization that LuAnn and Bill felt strongly about.

Mass of Christian Burial

Date: Saturday Dec 10, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church [map]


Date: Saturday Dec 10, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Immaculate Conception Catholic Church [map]



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Judy A Kopka

LuAnn was my dear friend for over 50 years. We shared so many adventures and laughs. I will truly miss her. My sincere condolences to Bill, Matt, Amy, Meghan and Taryn and the rest of her family.

Jean Anthony

Ii saw LuAnn some years back when she traveled through St. Louis. She was still the person I met in high school. My prayers go up to her in heaven for a life well lived and for the people she loved.

Leota Roesch

I am so sorry to hear of Luann’s death. Apparently, she continued to be the amazing woman that was coming into her own during high school. May her memory be eternal!

Ann Meyer

I have great memories of our group trip to Hawaii. She was caring, compassionate and a great friend. She will be truly missed. My sympathies to the family.

Mary Jo Opgenorth

I taught with LuAnne at Farnsworth middle school. She was always a sweet kind soul. I am so sorry for your loss.

Mary Lou Schissler

Our sympathy goes out to the Cleary family and Bill. We had the honor of enjoying our growing up years with our cousins, and later in life we enjoyed having LuAnn and Matt living in Greeley where she taught school . We enjoyed many good times as young girls and later in life as grown ups. She will truly be missed by many. Thinking and praying for Bill, Matt and his family and all the siblings. RIP

Susan Wohlrabe

She was a teacher you wanted to hug and call Mom. I am sorry for your loss.

Bob and Patricia Scott

Deepest sympathies to the families of Luann, thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Larry Pederson

My sympathies to the entire Cleary family - my old friends and Olga neighbors.

Bill & Darlene Brooks

Our deepest sympathy Matt & Bill and our Cleary Cousins. What a wonderful tribute obituary. She was a remarkable gal and I loved reading the note from a student "Miss Cleary". We visited in Sheboygan in 2006 and enjoyed our time together and tours. RIP LuAnn . . . "You have won the race". Enjoy your promised paradise.

Louise Dowty

Sorry about your loss Bill, I enjoyed talking with her..

Lisa E. Houfek

So very sorry to hear the news. Deepest sympathy to her family & friends. She was one of my favorite teachers & so very kind, no doubt she will be missed very much. Most sincerely, Lisa

David J. Wehrwein

I had Miss Cleary for Typing class my sophmore year at North High School (1972 - 1973). She was a very enegetic teacher, and her class was fun. Because of her, my skills on the computer keyboard today are good. Thank-you again Miss Cleary .....