Clifford W. Schlesinger

Posted 9/17/20

PAW PAW - Clifford W. Schlesinger, 93, of Paw Paw, passed away at home Sept. 16, 2020.

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Clifford W. Schlesinger


PAW PAW - Clifford W. Schlesinger, 93, of Paw Paw, passed away at home Sept. 16, 2020.

An outdoor visitation will be held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 20 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Compton. Graveside funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 21 at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery with Pastor Jeff Schlesinger officiating. Please observe COVID guidelines including the wearing of masks and practicing of social distancing for both the visitation and funeral.

Cliff was born May 12, 1927 in Compton to Phillip C. and Hilda (Kaufman) Schlesinger. He married June Adell Sloter on June 24, 1956 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Compton. She preceded him in death.

Survivors include two children, Connie (Craig) Ganz of Mendota and David (Cindy) Schlesinger of Earlville; a daughter-in-law, Connie Schlesinger of Paw Paw; six grandchildren, Michelle (Terrie) Bauer, Jason (Jaime) Ganz, Stephanie Ganz, Diane (Michael) Reppin, Scott (Katie) Schlesinger and Jayde (Sam Lipp) Schlesinger; seven great-grandchildren, Allison and Alexis Bauer, Connor Reppin, Emerson and Oliver Ganz, Lucas Schlesinger, and Eleanor Lipp; a brother-in-law, Rockwell (Mary Ann) Sloter of Mendota; a sister-in-law, Annabelle Myers of Thornsby, Alberta, Canada; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife; one son, Ronald Schlesinger; one brother, Newton (Freda) Schlesinger; and two sisters, Eleanor (Melvin) Mathesius and Corrine (Stanley) Rosenkrans.

Cliff was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Compton, where he previously served on the church council, and was an active member of the Paw Paw Lions Club. He was also active in his community. He previously served on the Lee County 4-H Board, Paw Paw Co-op Board, Lee County Farm Bureau Board and was a former member of the Cattlemen’s Association. Cliff was a lifelong farmer which, to him, was not just a job but his passion. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, watching tractor pulls, and scouting crops.

Contributions in Cliff’s memory may be directed to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Compton. Please visit to sign the online guest book.