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Ronald E. Cleeve

August 14, 1937 ~ October 4, 2020 (age 83)


Cobleskill- Ronald E. Cleeve, 83, of North Grand Street, died Sunday, October 4, 2020 at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown with his loving family at his side.

Born August 14, 1937 in Manhattan, he was the son of the late Richard Cleeve III and Lillian Randall. He enlisted in the Navy as a young man and then immediately attended SUNY Oswego on the GI Bill.  He went on to receive his master's degree from Indiana State, and then began to pursue his 53year career as a psychology professor at SUNY Cobleskill. He loved knowing that the way he taught left a positive impression on many of his students. This is reflected in the number of whom have always stayed in touch with him, called him friend, and remembered him over the years.

A passion for music and theatre, from his college years, lead to Ron taking on a variety of roles in many community groups including; The Serendipity Players, Theatre Project of Schoharie County, Depot Lane Singers, Northern Comforts, Schoharie Valley Singers, What’s New, The Messiah, Madrigal Dinners and much more. He often volunteered and helped out with organizations like the Schoharie County Suicide Hotline, Special Olympics Games, fundraising for Marathon for a Better Life, Community Family Counseling and Mediation, the Cobleskill Soccer Club, Haunted Howe Caverns fundraisers. Through all of these contributions, as well as his efforts as a NYS Certified Mediator, Ron created these connections and performed numerous other untold acts of kindness and generosity.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Christiansen; his children:  Coleen Cleeve, her husband Ed & daughter Ella; Chip Cleeve, his son Jack & daughter Shayne; Matthew Michel-Cleeve; Shilo Christiansen; Shei Christiansen and stepchildren: Andrea Singer, her husband Adam; Lisa Corkins, her husband Scott, son Quinn & daughter Emmi; and Peter Brancato III, his wife Kelly, sons PJ, Owen & Oliver.

Family and friends are invited to a period of visitation to be held from 12PM to 2PM on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill.  A private service will be held for the family as well as a private graveside service in Summit Cemetery with military honors. Please respect COVID guidelines, wearing face coverings and social distancing and be prepared to wait to enter the building.

There will be a Celebration of Life in the Summer of 2021 for family and friends from out of town to gather, as COVID guidelines may allow for at that time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Marathon For a Better Life, PO Box 268, Warnerville, NY 12187.  

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October 9, 2020

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home
171 Elm Street
Cobleskill, NY 12043


Marathon For a Better Life
PO Box 268, Warnerville NY 12187

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