Jean L. Gleason, 90, of Lomar Drive, passed away on Monday (March 17, 2014) in her home.
Friends may call at the DeVaney-Bennett Funeral Home, 181 N. Main St. on Tuesday, (March 25, 2014) from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. A Memorial Service will be at 3 p.m. in the funeral home. The Rev. W. James Gerling will officiate. Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
Memorial contributions, in her memory, may be made to the Ontario Yates Hospice, 756 Pre-Emption Rd., Geneva, N.Y. 14456 or to the House of John, 14 Spring St., Clifton Springs, N.Y. 14432.
Jean Lucille Barnes was born to Robert Barnes and Ella Costrich on August 3, 1923. She lived her entire life as a resident of Geneva, N.Y. In March 1944 she married William Wyrebaugh who served in the US Navy thru the close of World War II. Two daughters, Linda and Gail, joined shortly thereafter and the family enjoyed a quiet life in the Finger Lakes - until William passed away suddenly in June 1959. With the help of many friends, especially, her sister Ruth Barnes Hennessey, Jean continued to raise her children as a single parent at a time when such a concept was almost unheard of. She took on employment at NYSEG, from which she retired 25 years later and ensured that her girls' needs were always met first. Eventually, Jean found companionship again and married John Gleason, who many of us grandchildren knew as "Grampa John," until he passed in December 1979. Family stepped in again to support her as she had done so many times. With her passing on Monday marking a tenure of over 90 years in this world, Grandma Jean was the one constant for her two daughters; six grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, and her sister, Ruth Hennessey of Geneva; and her nephew Timothy Hennessey of Hopewell.
For those wishing to write a note of condolence, please visit www.devaney bennettfh.com.