COLERIDGE — Services for Patricia R. Gleason, 93, formerly of Coleridge, will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Coleridge. The Rev. David Liewer will officiate. Burial will be in St. Michael’s Cemetery in Coleridge.
Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday with a 7 p.m. vigil at the church. Visitation will resume at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the church. Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge is in charge of arrangements.
She died Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, after a short battle with cancer at her daughter’s home in Springfield, S.D.
Patricia Rose “Pat” Gleason was born July 17, 1925, to Frank Philip and Edith (McGown) Boeshart in Dixon County. She graduated from Dixon High School in 1942.
Pat married Claire E. Gleason on June 5, 1946, in Dixon. She worked in a variety of positions, including as village clerk in Coleridge from 1977 to 1993. She was awarded the “Outstanding Village Clerk in the State of Nebraska” in 1983.
After leaving the clerk position, she found that retirement was not for her. She became a chaplain at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton for 15 years, until her final retirement after her 85th birthday.
During her life, Pat served others as a den mother for Boy Scouts, a Girl Scout leader, a member and officer of the Legion Auxiliary and a volunteer for the Coleridge Hospice group. At age 52, she became a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician. She taught religious education classes for 35 years and volunteered in various positions in her church. She enjoyed reading, ballroom dancing, square dancing, crocheting, completing jigsaw puzzles, beating her family at Scrabble and visiting with friends and family. She was not a typical stay-at-home grandma as she traveled to Germany, Taiwan, Yugoslavia and many states. Her adventures included riding in a semi with her son-in-law, flying in a hot-air balloon, square dancing on the Royal Gorge Bridge in Colorado and surviving an extended stay in Yugoslavia in 1991 due to the build-up of military tensions.
Survivors include a son, George Gleason of Plattsmouth; her daughters, Edith Troxel of Springfield and Mary (Joseph) Walters of Colorado Springs, Colo.; eight grandchildren, Cassandra, Thomas, Ryan and Theron Troxel, and Teresa (David) Ewin, Robert Walters, Jennifer (Nate) Newlon and Julie Walters and 15 great-grandchildren. She also is survived by a sister, Rita Stanley of South Sioux City; a brother-in-law, Gerald Stanley of Dixon; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; her spouse, Claire on June 7, 1988, at the age of 74; a son, Robert in 1955; a son-in-law, Tom Troxel in 2014; a granddaughter, Kayla Troxel in 2014; her brothers, Neal and Frank Boeshart; and her sisters, Edith Fessler and Angeline Stanley.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren: Jennifer Newlon, Julie Walters, Cassandra, Thomas, Ryan and Theron Troxel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. Michael’s Cemetery Association in Coleridge. To send online condolences or to view the video tribute, please visit www.wintzrayfuneralhome.com.