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Rena I. "Joy" Gleixner, 87, a resident of Elk Haven Nursing Home and formerly of Cedar Road, St. Marys, died on Friday, May 23, 2014 following a lengthy illness.
She was born on April 5, 1927, a daughter of the late Vere and Jennifer Knarr Swesey.
On June 15, 1950 in Emporium, she married Edward L. Gleixner Sr., who preceded her in death on May 15, 2010.
Joy was a graduate of Emporium High School and a member of Sacred Heart Church.Â She enjoyed cooking, sewing and crocheting.Â Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
She is survived by three sons, Edward (Laura) Gleixner of Kersey, Larry (Jane) Gleixner of St. Marys, and Ronald Gleixner of Weedville; two daughters, Trudy, Mrs. Joseph Boylan of St. Marys, and Lori, Mrs. Mark Sicheri of Kersey; and a daughter-in-law, Julia Gleixner of St. Marys. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and a sister-in-law, Della Swesey of St. Marys.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Ritchie Gleixner in 2006; two brothers, Jim and Jake Swesey; a step-brother, Don Minard; and a sister, Mary Reynolds.
A Mass of Christian Burial for Rena Gleixner will be celebrated on Wednesday, May 28, at 12 p.m. at Sacred Heart Church, 337 Center St., St. Marys with Rev. Eric Vogt, O.S.B., officiating.
Interment will be in St. Marys Catholic Cemetery.
There will be no visitation.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Elk County Humane Society, E. Eschbach Rd., St. Marys, PA 15857.
Lynch-Green Funeral Home, 151 N. Michael St., St. Marys, is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be made to the family at www.lynchgreenfuneralhome.com.