Virginia “Ginnie” Gleason, 93, passed away at her granddaughter’s home (Kami Mathisen) on April 8,2023.
Ginnie was born July 27,1929, in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Ben and Helen Benedict: she was the second of three children. Ginnie graduated from Central High School in 1947 and attended University of South Dakota where she was a member of Pi Beta Phi.
A Rosary service will be at 6 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church, 300 West Mountain Ave., and a funeral will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.
Vessey Funeral Service are handling arrangements.
Ginnie married Thomas Gleason on August 8,1953, at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church, Sioux City, Iowa and honeymooned in Colorado. Shortly, thereafter, Tom and Ginnie moved to Kansas where they resided for a short time. The couple moved to Fort Collins in the mid 1950s, a town where they were very much a part of and loved!
Ginnie had many different jobs, her last place of employment was Colorado State University before starting her family.
She is survived by her two children Toni (Pat) Brant and Tim (Lori) Gleason; two granddaughters, Kami Mathisen (Ryan), plus their three children Max, Rhyan, and Chuck, and Samantha Johnson and her daughter Olivia. Ginnie was a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. In the years after they were born Ginnie’s life circled around her family. Ginnie was funny and had a lighthearted positive personality that was infectious to all that knew her. Every time her family left her she would do jumping jacks and have her hands in the air and smile; It was her way of staying happy until the next visit. Ginnie loved the outdoors. She was an avid golfer, she loved to play and was excellent. You could always find her on the course in her red golf cart. In 1978 Ginnie was the FCCC Women’s Golf Champion. In the winter you could find Ginnie out on the golf course playing or crosscountry skiing. She loved to take long walks, whether down the road, around the lake, where she would feed the fish goldfish crackers, or along the golf course. She loved playing bridge and became a Bridge Life Master. Everyone wanted her as their partner. Ginnie also enjoyed traveling, reading and keeping up with current events. Ginnie was a movie buff, from films in the 1940’s to current. She had an extensive home movie collection where she would wind down in the evening in her movie room. Her sister, Connie Ghent, is the last survivor of her siblings. Ginnie will be missed by all. Ginnie loved flowers. Flowers can be sent to Vessey Funeral Service, 2649 East Mulberry, A-1, Ft. Collins, Colorado 80524