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 There will be a Celebration of her Life from 5 to 7 PM, Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at HILL FUNERAL HOME, 220 S. State St., Westerville, OH. 

There are no words to express my heartbreak with the passing of my dear friend. We have been friends for 50 years. I still remember that we met in Dr. Swope’s office. We remained good friends even though I moved away for some time. I will miss her so very much but shall hold onto all the great memories. Jim, Tim, Chris, Connie, Heather, and all those wonderful grandchildren she was so proud of please know that I will keep you all in my thoughts and my prayers. May God’s Grace, Love, And Comfort be with you and give you the strength to get through these next rough days. Blessings to all of you. Love, Sue Ballou

Sue Ballou

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Obituary for Rita Gleason

Rita Gleason 1943-2019

Rita Gleason

05/19/1943 - 11/08/2019

Rita (Derr) Gleason, 76, of Westerville and formerly of Circleville, passed away in her home Friday, November 8, 2019. Rita's Christian faith sustained her during several recent years of adversities with her health.

Born on May 19, 1943 in Lancaster, Ohio, Rita was the daughter of the late Harley (Hock) and Miriam (Helser) Derr. She graduated from the Ohio State School of Cosmetology directly following her 1961 graduation from Lancaster High School. Rita was married on August 2, 1963 to James Patrick Gleason at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Lancaster, Ohio. Rita and Jim were faithful members of St. Philip's Episcopal Church, serving as youth leaders for a few years.

Rita worked as a hair dresser for a few years before staying home to raise her boys. She then worked and retired from Circleville City Schools. Rita was a learner at heart and enjoyed traveling with family to various historical sites around Ohio. She enjoyed reading the classics, crocheting, doing needlepoint, cooking, working puzzles, and entertaining her cats. Above all, Rita enjoyed spending time with family, classmates, friends, and neighbors.

She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, James (Jim) Patrick Gleason; sons Timothy (Constance) and Christopher (Heather); and 6 grandchildren (Kiera, Keegan, Claire, Mary, Calleigh, Caelan (Tank)).

There will be a Celebration of her Life from 5 to 7 PM, Thursday, November 14th, 2019 at HILL FUNERAL HOME, 220 S. State St., Westerville, OH. In lieu of flowers, Rita's family requests donations in her memory be made to Mount Carmel Hospice in Westerville, Ohio. The family expresses special appreciation for all OSUCCC James hospital personnel, the Mount Carmel Hospice team, and the support of many friends and families