Sister Joan Mary Gleason, P.B.V.M., who served as a principal, teacher and coordinator of religious education in the archdiocese, died May 11 at Sapphire Nursing and Rehab Center in Newburgh. She was 88.
Sister Joan Mary taught at St. Frances of Rome School and Immaculate Conception, both in the Bronx, and St. Paul the Apostle, Yonkers. She was principal of St. Bartholomew, Yonkers.
She served as coordinator of religious education in St. Mary’s parish, Marlboro.
She also taught and was principal of schools in Long Island City and Rockaway Beach, both in Queens.
Born in Goshen, she graduated from St. Michael Academy in Manhattan and entered the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1951 and professed final vows in 1957. She was formerly known as Sister Mary Laurentia.
She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Fordham University.
She is survived by her cousins, Gladys Connally and Mary Gamard.
Burial will be private. A Memorial Mass and celebration will take place at a later date.