ALLEGANY – Kathleen M. Gleason Miller, of 4034 Mediterranean Drive, passed away Monday (June 3, 2013) at home with her beloved family by her side.
Born Jan. 6, 1948, in Olean, and raised in Allegany, she was the daughter of the late James "Pen" and Anita Hogan Gleason. She was always so grateful for the parents God gifted her with.
She graduated from Little Bonas, Archbishop Walsh High School and D'Youville College. In 1969, she married David S. Miller of Amherst at St. Bonaventure Church, Allegany. His employment took them to many parts of the country. Upon retirement, she wanted to come back to her "beloved hills."
Returning to Allegany, she began volunteering at the St. Bonaventure Parish Office and The Bridge. From then on, The Bridge became her second home until she retired due to ill health. She often said, "The volunteers were the heart of the shop," and she greatly appreciated the special qualities that each brought. She also enjoyed meeting and getting to know the customers. During her tenure at The Bridge, she was given The Francis Award, for which she felt most honored.
She was so happy to be back amongst her dear cousins, childhood friends and renewed these friendships. She greatly appreciated all of their support and kindness during her illness. Her happiest times were spent with family and her good friends. She enjoyed reading, antiquing, Red Hats and cruising with her husband and Paula and Dick.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, David (Wendy) Miller of Philadelphia; a daughter, Angela A. (Jen) Palmer of Olean; a brother, James J. Gleason of Olean; four nieces, Anita (Jeff Brown), Colleen Spriegle, Kelly (Joe) Faltyn and Melissa (Tom) Amoia; a nephew, Kevin Gleason; several special cousins, J.A., L.N. and M.B.S.; and dear friends J.A., P.B., L.F., M.S., D.S. and the B's.
Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Keith James; and a brother, Martin (Jewell) Gleason.
Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Casey, Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road, Olean. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday (June 8, 2013) at St. Bonaventure Church, Allegany. Fr. James Vacco Pastor will be celebrant. Burial will be in St. Bonaventure Cemetery, Allegany.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Bonaventure Parish, The Bridge, HomeCare & Hospice, Roswell Park Upper GI Clinic or a
. Online condolences may be expressed at www.oleanfuneralhome.com.