Ceremony set for Sept. 18 in Eagle River
Arleen Gleason, deceased former publisher of the Clintonville Tribune-Gazette, will be honored by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association for her work at a ceremony on Friday, Sept. 18, in Eagle River.
Gleason’s name will be enshrined on the Wisconsin Newspaper Association Foundation (WNAF) Memorial Pylon, a monument to Wisconsin newspaper publishers who have passed away and left behind their legacies of service to their communities and to the Wisconsin Newspaper industry.
The pylon sits in the WNA Memorial Grove on the campus of Trees for Tomorrow in Eagle River. Eight other WNA publishers will also be honored in a ceremony attended by their families, friends and colleagues, as well as WNA members.
The public is welcome to attend the ceremony, which begins at 11:30 a.m. at 519 E. Sheridan St. in Eagle River. A reception will be held before the ceremony at 11 a.m.
For more information, contact Wisconsin Newspaper Association Member Services Director Julia Hunter at Julia.Hunter@WNAnews.com or by phone at 608-283-7622.
Each year, WNA members commemorate the lives and work of Wisconsin newspaper publishers who have passed away. This year’s ceremony includes the rededication of a new WNAF Memorial Pylon, completed in 2014. This sturdy, granite monument replaces the wooden pylon that stood for decades.
Gleason graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison school of Journalism in 1947. There, she was active in Coranto, a professional journalism sorority.
After college, Gleason worked as a reporter at the Portage Daily Register. She married Walter Gleason in 1947, with whom she co-published the Montello Tribune until 1951. The couple then bought the Clintonville Tribune-Gazette and published it together for more than 40 years until 1994.
Gleason served on the board of the Clintonville Area Foundation and was a member of the United Methodist Church, United Methodist Church Women, the American Association of University Women, Clintonville Junior Women’s Club, Clintonville Riverside Golf Club and the Clintonville Curling Club. She was also active in the St. Rose bridge marathon.
Gleason died March 5, 2015, at 90. She is survived by a son, a daughter, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and a brother.