Aug. 7, 1957 — Oct. 21, 2012
Audrey Rose Gleason was a church leader, a bus driver and a fun-loving jokester.
But Mrs. Gleason said that when her life ended, she wanted to be remembered first as a homemaker.
She accomplished all of that, her family said, caring for her husband, three sons and a daughter with grace and constant faith.
Mrs. Gleason, of Baldwinsville, died Sunday after a car collided with her family’s vehicle in Darien. She was 55.
The former Audrey Przybylak grew up off Seneca Street in South Buffalo. She lived one street over from her future husband, Dennis Gleason, but they did not know each other well until after her graduation from Baker Victory High School.
Once they started dating, though, the two were hard to separate, friends said. After Mr. Gleason arranged for the song “What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?” to be played while the two were out to dinner, they were married in St. Teresa Catholic Church in South Buffalo in 1979.
Their love, coupled with Mrs. Gleason’s warm personality and strong Catholic faith, was the bedrock upon which the family flourished.
Each time work obligations took the family to a different city, Mrs. Gleason made sure her children – James, 32, Jeffrey, 29, Daniel, 25, and Kelly, 16 – thrived in the new environment.
Mrs. Gleason spoke often about her faith and her personal relationship with Jesus and Mary.
She was active in her Elma parish and, after the family moved to Baldwinsville, her youth faith group there, where she made annual trips to a Catholic youth convention.
She took pride in cooking for her parish priest and often sent him text messages with questions about the faith.
Her unwavering faith co-existed with a fun and playful side, and she was known to enter homes while dancing or singing.
She took pride in creating clever nicknames for everyone from her husband to the fiancees and wives of her sons.
She loved drinking red wine with her sister-in-law and visiting a group of childhood friends she remained close with.
Above all, though, Mrs. Gleason was devoted to her children and her husband, 58, with whom she shared a birth date.
“Happy Anniversary, my dear Jack,” Mrs. Gleason wrote two years ago. “We’ve been married for 31 years, I loved you for 35 years. Time will never change the way I feel.”
In addition to her husband, sons and daughter, Mrs. Gleason is survived by two brothers, James and David.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete.