She was born to William and Anna (Krones) Cleary in El Paso and joined the Springfield Dominicans in 1936. From 1938 on Sister Mary Ritaclare spent decades ministering in the field of elementary education. Illinois schools included: St. Edward and Our Lady of Grace, Chicago; St. Mary, East Moline; St. Maurice, Morrisonville; St. Charles Borromeo, Hampshire; St. Thomas, Crystal Lake; St. Vincent de Paul, Peoria; Ss. Peter and Paul, Cary; St. Bernadette, Evergreen Park; and St. Cabrini, Springfield. In California, she taught at Sacred Heart, Brawley; Sacred Heart, San Diego; and Sacred Heart, Redlands.
Sister Mary Ritaclare was preceded in death by her parents; her sister, Mary and brothers, William and Thomas.
She is survived by sisters, Rita, Clare and JoAnne; brother, John; nieces and nephews; friends and her Dominican sisters.
The funeral Mass was Oct. 27 at Sacred Heart Convent, with Father Peter Witchousky OP, presiding. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Springfield.
Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, Springfield, was in charge of arrangements.