Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Death of beloved music teacher is mourned


A beloved voice in the Wayne-Westland School District was silenced with the death of Dorotha Louise Schuler-Gleason who died March 29 at the age of 82.

Mrs. Gleason was a former music educator in the school district and was an influence on many students during her career. Several students posted tributes to the former choir director and educator on social media last week. Her life, her family said, was characterized by her passion for learning and creativity. As a dedicated educator, she was honored as Music Teacher of the Year, Michigan School Vocal Music Association, 1980, leaving an indelible mark on the lives of countless students.

Beyond the classroom, Mrs. Schuler-Gleason found joy in the simple pleasures of life, from the pages of a good book to the tranquility of her garden. She possessed a knack for knitting and a curiosity for technology, often found “fooling around” on computers. Her love for music was evident through her involvement with the Michigan School Vocal Music Association.

Mrs. Schuler-Gleason, a resident of Howell, was born Oct. 17, 1941, to the late Herman Louis Schuler and Dorotha Louise Arick.

Among her survivors are her sisters Luan Purcell, Virginia (Richard) Hobson, Mary Fall; her extensive family network of nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews; stepsons, Dean (Teresa) Gleason and Aaron (Vicki) Gleason, and grandchildren, Sirena Nettles and William Gleason. Mrs. Schuler-Gleason was preceded in death by her husband Charles, as well as her stepsons Darrell Gleason and Tad Gleason, and siblings Frederick Schuler and Marjorie Anderson.

Her family members are planning a private memorial service to celebrate her life and the profound impact she made on those around her, leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness, and unwavering dedication to others.

Memorial Contributions in Mrs. Schuler-Gleason’s honor are suggested to the Livingston County Animal Shelter,

Arrangements were entrusted to the Keehn-Griffin Funeral Home, 706 W. Main St. Brighton.