SPRINGFIELD, IL -Eleanor Gleason, 94, of Springfield, died at 11:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, at St. Joseph's Home.
Eleanor was born Feb. 20, 1920, in Bloomington, the daughter of Frank and Bridget Sweeney Kraft. She married Luke R. Gleason, Sr. on June 10, 1944, at Holy Trinity Church in Bloomington. He preceded her in death on Dec. 7, 2009.
Eleanor received her bachelor's degree from Illinois State University. She was employed as a teacher at Cathedral and then at Griffin. After retirement, she returned to school at Sangamon State University to obtain her master's degree in Gerontology. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoyed socializing with friends and family.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Jack Gleason; sisters, Barbara Eletson and Marjorie Dickerson; and brother, Louis Kraft.
She is survived by two sons, Luke R. (Patricia) Gleason, Jr. of Springfield and Jim (Janice) Gleason of Cary, Ill.; daughter-in-law, Mary Jo Gleason of Louisville, Ky.; 11 grandchildren: Brad (Ashley) Gleason, Kates (Samuel) Wenzel, Mary Therese (Ed) Carr, Caroline (Andrew, III) Dutkanych, Meg Gleason, Jack (Margaret) Gleason, Jr., Tom Gleason, Ted (Lisa Devy) Gleason, Joe Gleason, Mike Gleason, and Annie Gleason; 14 great-grandchildren: Elizabeth, Abbie and Jake Gleason, Andrew, IV, Samuel, Jack, and Luke Dutkanych, Cleary Jo, Evie, and R.J. Carr, Eleanor and John Gleason, and Nino and Julia Gleason; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation: Family will receive friends from 5:00-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014, at Kirlin-Egan and Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Visitation will begin with a prayer service.
Funeral Mass: 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, at St. Joseph Church, 1345 N. 6th St., Springfield with the Rev. Steven A. Janoski, celebrant.
Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Holy Family Food Pantry, 1023 E. Washington St., Springfield, IL 62703 or St. Joseph's Home, 3306 S. 6th St., Rd., Springfield, IL 62703.
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