Sr. Mary Rita Gleason, formerly Sr. Ann Catherine Gleason, died Dec. 26, 2015, at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian. She was 96 and in the 79th year of her religious profession in the Adrian Dominican Congregation.
Sr. Gleason was born in Clayburg, N.Y., to William and Kathryn Ellen (Moore) Gleason. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian and received degrees from Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian and Havana University in Havana, Cuba.
Sr. Gleason spent 25 years ministering in education in Illinois and Florida. In 1960, she was appointed Provincial of St. Rose of Lima Province, a position she held for six years. She was director of development at Siena Heights College (University) in Adrian from 1973-82 and director of major gifts for two years for the Adrian Dominican Sisters.
Sr. Gleason is survived by one sister, Patricia Jean Ferrin of Weston, Fla., two cousins, Sr. Helen Wilson and Sr. Mary E. Waldron, both Adrian Dominican Sisters, and loving nieces and nephews.
A funeral Mass was offered in St. Catherine Chapel on Dec. 30. Rite of Committal was to be in the Congregation cemetery.