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Mike Clesner

Mike Clesner’s Obituary from Covenant Funeral Service


Born on 12/23/1960
Departed on 02/18/2017
Resided in Fredericksburg, Virginia

Michael Joseph Clesner, 56, of Fredericksburg, VA died Saturday, February 18, 2017 after suffering from a chronic illness.

Mike was born in Washington, D.C., on December 23, 1960 to Herschel and Jennie (Davis) Clesner.  He discovered a passion for printing in high school which eventually turned into a job with both USA Today and The Washington Post.  Following his career at The Post, Mike came back to his passion for swimming and coaching.  He coached high school, summer and USA swimming, and for years was actively involved in the Virginia Swim Program, both in high schools and AAU swimming.  Mike coached and mentored many of his kids to careers in swimming on the collegiate level and to the Olympic trials.  He was a fan of trivia and crosswords, loved his dog Hailey and will be missed by his friends and family.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Herschel and Jennie Clesner and his sister, Deborah Clesner, of blessed memory.  He is survived by his sisters, Sonia and Lisa Clesner (Festus Joyce); his brother, David Clesner (Leslie); nieces Heidi and Delaney Clesner; and nephew Parker Clesner.

The family will receive friends from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, February 21 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A graveside service will be held at noon on Wednesday, February 22 at Judean Memorial Gardens in Olney, MD.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made in Mike’s memory to the Jennie M. Clesner Grant Program, Box 866, Stafford, VA  22555.  Checks should be made payable to “Stingrays Swimming.”