Cleo I. Frye, 88, of Rochester, passed away peacefully with her loving family by her side on Jan. 16, 2023.

Cleo was born in Plum City on Oct. 1, 1934, to Archie and Hannah (nee Pittman) Nelson. She graduated Valedictorian of Elmwood High School, and received a Lab Technician degree at UW – River Falls. On Aug. 20, 1955, Cleo married Lloyd R. Frye at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arkansaw, Wisconsin. The couple lived in Arkansaw for a while, later moved to Fort Bliss, a Texas military base where Cleo worked in the commons area. When her husband departed the military, they relocated to Taylor, and then settled on their Rochester farm in 1960. Later in life Cleo attended Gateway Technical College where she received her Registered Nurse license. She was employed as an R.N. at St. Luke’s Hospital Milwaukee Open-Heart step-down unit.

Cleo was a member of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, and Homemakers of Rochester. She loved to knit, sew, and garden. She also enjoyed a good book. Sadly, all will miss Cleo.

Cleo is survived by her loving husband Lloyd; children, Ray (Cheryll) Frye, Susan (Charles) Wieland, Robert (Irena) Frye, and Roger (Cynthia) Frye; grandchildren, Abigail, Aaron, and Rachel Frye, and Anthony and Brandon Wieland; sisters-in-law, Mary Ann Nelson, and Mary Jane Nelson; and other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Archie and Hannah Nelson, son Richard Frye, sister Darlene (George) Toon, and brothers Gerald and Allen Nelson.

Visitation will be on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 305 South First Street, Waterford, from 9 until 10:45 a.m. with Mass beginning at 11 a.m. Burial in the church cemetery will follow Mass.

In lieu of floral expressions of sympathy, Cleo’s family suggests memorials to the “Richard Frye Scholarship Fund.”

A heartfelt “Thank You” to the nurses and staff of Arbor View in Burlington, and the Aurora at Home Hospice nurses and staff for their gentle, loving care of our dear wife, mother, and grandmother.

Mealy Funeral Home is serving the family. Well-wishers may visit



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