Patricia Rose Gleason, age 93, formerly of Coleridge, Nebraska died on Friday, September 21, 2018 after a short battle with cancer in the home of her daughter in Springfield, South Dakota.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 10:30 am at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Coleridge with Rev. David Liewer officiating. Burial will be in St. Michael's Cemetery in Coleridge. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Vigil Service at 7:00 pm at the church. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Wednesday at the church. The Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. Michael's Cemetery Association in Coleridge.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren, Jennifer Newlon, Julie Walters, Cassandra, Thomas, Ryan, and Theron Troxel.
Patricia (Pat) was born July 17, 1925 to Frank Philip and Edith (McGown) Boeshart in Dixon County, Nebraska. 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 village clerk in Coleridge from 1977-1993, and 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 the Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton for fifteen 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 son, George Gleason of Plattsmouth, NE; ; daughters, Edith Troxel of Springfield; Mary (Joseph) Walters of Colorado Springs, CO; eight grandchildren, Cassandra, Thomas, Ryan, and Theron Troxel, and Teresa (David) Ewin, Robert Walters, Jennifer (Nate) Newlon, and Julie Walters; fifteen great-grandchildren. She is also survived by sister, Rita Stanley of South Sioux City, NE; a brother-in-law, Gerald Stanley of Dixon, NE and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Pat was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Claire on June 7, 1988 at the age of 74; son, Robert (1955); son-in-law Tom Troxel (2014); granddaughter, Kayla Troxel (2014); brothers Neal and Frank Boeshart, and sisters, Edith Fessler and Angeline Stanley.
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Prayers to you, Edith. So sorry for your loss.
Edith and family of Pat,
Sending prayers, love, hugs and sympathy to all. Cherish all the great memories over the years. I will always remember time spent with your Mom at family reunions and also many years ago at Uncle Frank and Aunt Ediths.
Love, Rodger and Kathy (Lipp) Rabbass
Grammy Pat was one special lady. She had such a positive impact on many many lives. she will be missed. Prayers for her and all her family.
Pat will be missed by many. We enjoyed our visits on the phone and I last talked to her while you were on vacation, Edith Ann, and George was staying with her. She sounded good and we had a good visit. She was one of the last 6 of our generation of Boeshart cousins. She was a good person and there has to be a special place for her in Heaven! My sincere sympathy.
Edith, sending my prayers & thoughts with the loss of your mother. I so enjoyed her being a chaplain at Avera Sacred Heart
My sympathy - I remembered you mom well walking the Halls and ER at SHH bringing comfort to many ! She was a sweet soul
Barb Bloomquist - Rohde
Dear Edith and family,
Thinking of you and and remembering all the comfort your moms visits meant to my parents especially.
Hugs and Love,
Our sincere sympathy is extended to all of you. May you find comfort and peace. She was a special lady.
Daryle J & Linda S Milbrath
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