Sister Julianne Gleason, CSJ
Sister Julianne Gleason, CSJ, 90, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at St. Joseph's Provincial House, Latham, NY. She had been a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for the past 71 years.
Sister Julianne, the former Margaret Frances Gleason, was born in Syracuse, NY, on February 25, 1922, daughter of the late William and Margaret Rushinski Gleason. After graduating from St. Patrick's High School in Syracuse, Sister Julianne entered the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in Troy, NY, on March 19, 1941, and professed final vows on August 15, 1946. She received a bachelor's degree in education and a master's degree in elementary education, both from The College of Saint Rose. Sister Julianne spent 56 years in the ministry of education in schools of the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses, including 33 years at St. Luke's School in Schenectady. After she moved to St. Joseph's Provincial House in 2005, Sister Julianne continued to tutor young children and volunteer in various capacities.
Sister Julianne was a gentle, gracious woman with a great capacity to be a loyal friend to many. Proud of her Irish roots, nurtured in St. Patrick’s Parish, Syracuse, she enjoyed visiting Tipperary Hill to spend time with her family. Sister Julianne was a dedicated teacher who believed that education encompassed the whole child—mind, spirit and character—and she devoted herself to that end. A soft-spoken, prayerful woman with an unassuming manner, Sister Julianne was gifted with an innate sensitivity, thoughtfulness and empathy for others. She enjoyed a good laugh, relaxing vacations in Eagle Bay and a challenging card game. In her nearly six decades of teaching and in her daily life at St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Sister Julianne went about doing good, always bringing her kindness and ready smile; she will be dearly missed.
Sister Julianne is survived by her brother-in-law, Carl Roesch, of Syracuse; five nieces: Ann Harrington, Margaret Krebs, Mary Kathryn Lakatoo, Ellen Hussain and Julianne Howley; three nephews: William, Gerard and Stephen Roesch; 17 grandnieces and nephews; 2 great-grand nieces and nephews; and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, William Gleason; her sisters: Therese Roesch, and Marian, Kathryn and Ann Gleason; her nephew, Joseph Roesch; and many friends in the Sisters of St. Joseph.
Sister Julianne's funeral Liturgy was held on Monday, March 12, from the chapel of St. Joseph’s Provincial House, Latham. Interment was in Our Lady Queen of Virgins Cemetery on the Provincial House grounds. Contributions in Sister Julianne's memory may be made to the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Joseph, 385 Watervliet-Shaker Road, Latham, NY 12110. (Click HERE to make an online Donation in Sister Julianne's name.)