In memory of
Janet Gleason
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In memory of
Janet Gleason
Janet "Alaska" Mueller Gleason, 81, of Las Cruces, went home to be with the Lord and her husband, James Edward Gleason, of 48 years, on April 15, 2017. She was surrounded by family and friends listening to Ave Maria as she passed peacefully. Janet was born August 1, 1935 in the town of Haines in the Territory of Alaska. She was born in Station Hospital, Chilkoot Barracks to Col. Edward A. and Jessie Mueller. From here, Janet's travel adventures began. She lived in four continents and multiple States. Living in Louisiana during WWII was one of her fondest memories as a child, as well as living in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she graduated from Colorado Springs High School (Palmer High School) in 1953; her nickname was "Mullet". She then went on to Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois where she graduated in 1957 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. After several years in the workforce at Sears, she soon found out that her male counterparts were getting paid more than she was. When she asked about it, she was told she would never make as much as them. She did not take this well and decided she would join the Women's Army Corp to not only get a fair wage, but to honor her father as well. Janet enlisted into the service in 1962. After time in New Hampshire as a Recruiter, she was sent to Colorado Springs, and stationed at Headquarters ARADCOM Ent, Air Force Base, where she met and fell in love with Lt. Gleason in a military receiving line. After a three month engagement they were married at Ft. Carson, Colorado. Lt. and Lt. Gleason made their home in Colorado Springs and were both promoted to Captain. In 1966, Cpt. Janet Gleason was honorably discharged and marched in her last parade in Downtown Colorado Springs pregnant with her first child. She then became an active Officer's wife following in her mother's footsteps and volunteered at every duty station in Community Theater, her first love, and the American Red Cross. The Gleason's soon retired in Las Cruces where Janet and her husband became active volunteers at Holy Cross Parish and the Diocese of Las Cruces. One of her most loved positions was Prison Ministry with her husband, James, and they served out at Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility and Otero County Prison. Janet is survived by her sister, Ina Rehtmeyer of Normal, Illinois, her daughter Kathleen Gleason of Las Cruces, her son Christopher and his wife Mary Gleason of Huntley, Illinois, her grandchildren Kinzie Lee Anne and Ryann Justin of Colorado Springs, Colorado and Abigail Marie of Huntley, Illinois, and her great-granddaughter Ella Anne Michelle of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Visitation will begin at 6 PM Wednesday, (today) April 19, 2017 at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 1327 N. Miranda where the Prayer Vigil is scheduled for 7 PM. At her request cremation will follow and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 3 PM Friday, April 21, 2017 in the same church with the Msgr. John E. Anderson, P.A., Celebrant. Inurnment of cremains will follow in St. Francis Garden Columbarium. Full military honors will be accorded by Fort Bliss Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Las Cruces Diocese Retirement Priest fund or the American Red Cross. Entrusted to the care of Baca's Funeral Chapels of Las Cruces and Sunset Crematory, 300 E. Boutz Road, 527-2222. Your exclusive providers for "Veterans and Family Memorial Care". For online condolences logon to www.bacasfuneralchapelslascruces.com
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