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in memory of

Lesley Anne Gleeson (nee Barrett)

Lesley Anne Gleeson (nee Barrett)

22nd November 1947 - 1st May 2021


Lesley passed away peacefully on May 1st at Castlemaine after a long illness. 

Loved and loving wife of Des. 

Much loved mother of Ben and Matt.  Mother in law of Kim and Marilena. 

Grandmother of Caitlin, Thomas and Sophia.


Funeral Mass to celebrate Lesley's life will be offered in St Mary's Catholic Church, Hargraves Street, Castlemaine

on Tuesday 11th May commencing at 11.00am.

Following this service the cortege will leave for the Castlemaine Cemetery

(please follow us into the cemetery as Lesley's grave is at the rear of the cemetery).


Rosary will be recited for Lesley in the Chapel of Mount Alexander Funerals, 12 Campbell Street, Castlemaine

on Monday evening at 7.00pm.


We are saddened by the present covid restrictions, which allows us to have only 160 people inside St Mary's Church.  

Seating in the church will be by invitation only, however there will be a television screen, speakers

and seating also available in the Church Hall.


You may decide to watch Lesley's service via livestream from your own home.

To do this, please return to the home page of this website and click on the livestream button.  

The service will be live approximately 5 - 10 minutes prior to commencing.


Refreshments after the burial service will also be by invitation only,

due to the covid restrictions on numbers allowed.


Whilst these arrangements are not our wish,

we sincerely thank you for your understanding during these difficult times.

Des, Ben and Matt

Funeral Livestream


36 responses to “Lesley Anne Gleeson (nee Barrett)”

  1. Maureen Fletcher says:

    Dear Des, Ben, Matt and families
    We are so sorry for the loss of Lesley.
    She spent her life caring for others and doing good in the community.
    I will remember fondly our time working together and the support she gave me.
    Rest in Peace Lesley
    – Rod and Maureen Fletcher

  2. Helen Trigg says:

    Our dear friend Lesley,
    we will cherish our time at Barwon Heads forever.
    Rock-pooling will never be the same again.
    Such a lovely lady always thinking of others.
    Your suffering is over.
    Our love to Des, Ben, Matt and families.
    Rest Peacefully Lesley.
    – Richard, Helen, Adam and Simon Trigg and families.

  3. Glenda Dingwall says:

    Deepest sympathy Des and family,
    It has been a privilege to have met and known Lesley, a lovely lady who was dedicated to her family.
    Rest peacefully Lesley.

    – Glenda Dingwall

  4. Susan Tribe says:

    Dear Leslie resting peacefully. You fought the good fight.
    Words are not enough to express how sorry we are to hear of your passing.
    May the precious memories we hold in our hearts remain forever.
    Heartfelt sympathy to Des, Ben, Matt and Families.
    Now with Tom and Grace in Heaven.

    – Ken and Sue Tribe

  5. Lyn Smart says:

    To Des, Ben, Matt and families
    So sorry to hear of Lesley’s passing.
    Lesley was a hard working CSC staff member who put in 100% with everything she was involved in.
    Her work there and in the community was appreciated by everyone.
    So many years of memories beginning when our boys were in Scouts.
    You’ll be forever remembered Lesley.

    – Lyn Smart

  6. John Wilkinson says:

    Lesley will be sadly missed by many.
    She was a lovely person to know and work with.
    Fond memories.
    Sincere sympathy to Des and family.
    Rest in Peace Lesley.
    – John Wilkinson

  7. Emily Hordern says:

    Our sincerest condolences.
    I will always treasure Lesley’s honesty and sincere care, all the cooking tips and easy fix receipts that she passed on which I use regularly.
    She made such a difference to so many and will be treasured always.
    Love to Des and the family.
    – Emily and Bruce Hordern

  8. Bryan Fitzgerald says:

    A lovely lady who really enjoyed working with the children in her care.
    Loved working with her at Harcourt.
    Sincere sympathy to Des, Matt and Ben.
    – Bryan Fitzgerald

  9. John Taylor says:

    Condolences to family and friends of Lesley.
    Lesley was a class mate in the 1960’s, I remember her well.
    – John Taylor

  10. Sam & Pat Grumont says:

    A lovely person who was always easy to talk with for both students snd teachers.
    Sincere sympathy to Des, Ben and Matt.
    – Sam & Pat Grumont

  11. Nick Shortal says:

    Mrs Gleeson, as she was known to me as a child.
    Was a deeply committed volunteer in both my primary school at St Mary’s and with the 1st Castlemaine Scouts.
    I’ll never forget her care, attention and patience shown to younger scouts.
    She showed us how to prepare rissoles from scratch and how to budget for camp cooking.
    My deepest sympathies to Des, Matt and Ben.

    – Nick Shortal

  12. MERLE GILLIS says:

    Deepest sympathy to Des, Ben, Matt & extended family, our thoughts are with you at this sad time.
    – Merle & Graeme Gillis

  13. Julie Veronica Imfeld says:

    Dear Lesley,
    Such a warm and wonderful work colleague and friend.
    Remembered with love…
    by Julie, Chris, Maddie, Nic, Joe and Georgia Imfeld

  14. Anne and Robin Fenn says:

    Very sorry to hear of Lesley’s death.
    We have great respect for Lesley.
    She was a tower of strength to us, we both experienced her helpful presence in the classrooms of CSC.
    We’re also very aware of her superb organisational skills in everything from school camps to funeral catering for our beloved family members.
    She was a lovely person.
    Deepest sympathy to all her family.

    – Anne and Robin Fenn

  15. Mary O'Toole says:

    To Des, Ben, Matt and families

    So sorry to hear of Lesley’s passing.
    She was always welcoming and and fun to work with at the many functions that were held at St Mary’s Hall
    and the cooking classes she gave the different classes at St Mary’s School – recipes that are still enjoyed to this day.
    Loving memories.

    – Mary, Larry O’Toole & Family

  16. Maree and John Dowler and family says:

    Dear Des, Ben, Matt and families,
    Our deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you all at this sad time.
    Lesley’s passing is a sad loss to the world and to all of us who knew her.
    We will always hold the memories of her kind and caring heart, love and devotion to her family,
    her tireless contributions to our community and the friendship we shared.

    Rest peacefully Lesley.

    With love, Maree and John Dowler & family

  17. Helen & Ian Wilson says:

    Dear Des, Ben, Matt and families. We are very saddened about Lesley’s death. Lesley was such a warm, caring and giving person. Our memories of her working for the First Castlemaine Scout Group. All the great times shared at the Hatta camps. Lesley’s catering capabilities were amazing. She was very generous giving her support where needed. We feel privileged to have known such a warm, caring friend as Lesley. Our sincere condolences to you all.
    – Ian & Helen Wilson and family

  18. Ian Faux says:

    Our deepest sympathy to dear Des and families.
    So sorry to hear of Lesley’s passing – our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.
    We are finding it difficult to believe.
    Remembered fondly.
    – Ian and Yvonne Faux.

  19. Marie McCallum says:

    Dearest Lesley,
    To know you was to love you, a loyal friend and great contributor to St. Mary’s Parish & School and Castlemaine Scouts.
    Great companionship & fun at Trivia fund-raisers in the Hall and dinners at the Anglican Church, State Festival Opening nights.
    Rest in Peace now beautiful girl with mum & dad after your struggles.
    Cherished memories are ours to hold near our hearts.
    Fondest love to Des, Ben, Matt & Families.

    – Lee & Marie Mac, Stephen Amy & Julie xxx

  20. Leonie Barrett says:

    To Des, Ben, Matt and family,
    Our deepest and sincere condolences on Lesley’s passing.
    “Who shall find a valiant woman, who shall find a woman of strength”. (Book of Ecclesiastes)
    God Bless you Lesley.
    Love always Bruce and Leonie Barrett & family

  21. Robyn Conway says:

    Des, Ben and Matt,
    Lesley was very generous with here time and talents.
    To many she was an angel, but now she has gone to join the angels.
    Thinking of you all on Tuesday sorry to miss your sad get- together.

    – Robyn Conway

  22. Kevin (Jack) Gleeson says:

    Dear Des, Ben, Matt and families

    Our sincere deepest sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    We say goodbye to Lesley who was a beloved member of the Gleeson Family and we forever hold her in our hearts.
    We say thank you to Lesley for being such a fun loving, wonderful, thoughtful and accommodating person.
    Traits that she displayed throughout her life.
    We thank Lesley for all the good deeds she performed for us.
    It was our pleasure to have known her and she shall be remembered and loved always.

    May she Rest In Peace. Amen….

    – Kevin (Jack), Juliet, Sharon, Jacqueline, Anne and Families.

  23. Lilian and Peter Skilbeck says:

    Dear Des.
    Our paths have crossed many times over the years to the extent that we call Lesley and yourself friends.
    Lesley was always there to help others in any way possible.
    She loved her family, her parents, her children and their families and yourself with a passion.
    Thank you Lesley for your friendship and generosity of spirit.
    Our thoughts are with you Des, as you mourn her loss and remember the marvellous times you have had with Lesley.
    – Lillian and Peter Skilbeck

  24. Sandra Wapling says:

    Des, Matt Marilena Thomas and Sophia, Ben Kim and Caitlin.
    Lesley was a truly special lady, friend and confident.
    I will forever miss our “walks on the beach”.
    We all shared such special times and a friendship that is eternal.
    We will always miss you Lesley.
    – Graeme, Sandra and Family.

  25. Mary & Bill Ahern & families says:

    Dear Des, Matt, Marilena, Thomas and Sophia, Ben, Kim and Caitlin.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you on the passing of Lesley.
    Lesley was a valued member of our family, a very caring thoughtful person who never ceased to give her time to others and will be very sadly missed.

  26. Jackie McLean says:

    Deepest sympathy to Des, Ben, Matt and families.
    May the memories you share help you through this difficult time. Thinking of you all ♥️ Love Jackie and Troy McLean & family

  27. Mike and Brenda Tolland says:

    Des, Ben, Matt and families.
    We were so sorry to have heard of Lesley’s passing.
    She will always be remembered as a wonderful member of the CSC staff.
    Her contribution towards the staff and especially the students she nurtured with such patience and empathy, allowing their successful completion through their secondary school years was a hallmark of her teaching career. It was truly a pleasure and very rewarding to have worked with her.
    Des, please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss.
    Lesley was an exceptional lady.
    – Mike and Brenda Tolland.

  28. Andrew Dodgshun says:

    Lesley, a dear friend will be sadly missed.
    A respected and inspiring mentor to me at CSC and all in her care.
    A beautiful person gone but not forgotten.
    – Andrew, Mary and Family.

  29. Lyn Ellery says:

    My deepest sympathy to Des and family.
    Lesley was a beautiful lady and respected by all.
    – Lyn Ellery

  30. Jan Miletic says:

    Will miss you Lesley.
    A lovely lady with a gracious and generous heart.
    Deepest sympathy and condolences to Des, Ben, Matt and family
    – Jan Miletic

  31. Di Hanley says:

    Dear Uncle Des, Ben, Matt & families.
    I’m thinking of you all and sending you my love & heartfelt sympathy on the profound loss of Aunty Lesley.

    Today I’m going to sit down by the river at Barwon Heads for the service, a place I know you all love, thinking of her and you all.
    – Di, Tim & family. X

  32. Vicki Lee Farrell says:

    Condolences to Des Matt and Ben.
    Sadly, we always loose the ones that mean the most to us. Who can take there place? no-one.

  33. Anne Harris says:

    Dear Uncle Des, Ben, Matt & families. My family & I send our condolences on the passing of beautiful Aunty Lesley. She was a gorgeous, strong woman who we will remember fondly.
    Much love Anne, Andrew, Madeline & Oliver Harris xx

  34. Lonnie Swift says:

    Dear Des, Ben and Matt,
    Our thoughts are with you on this sad occassion.
    I have many fond memories of your house and family when I was younger and Lesley was a huge part of those memories.
    I was glad to have seen Lesley and Des when we were last in Australia, and Etholle holds Kevin the Koala (a gift from you guys) in very high regard.
    Thinking of you all
    – Lonnie, Kate and Etholle.

  35. Heather & Neil Barrett says:

    Dear Des,
    So sad to hear of Lesley’s passing.
    Our sincere sympathy to you, Ben, Matt and their families.
    – Heather and Neil Barrett

  36. Dianne Bertoncini says:

    Des, Ben, Matt and families,
    Thinking of you all at this sad time. Lesley was a very loving and caring lady and will be missed by all who knew her. Sincerest sympathy.
    – Dianne and Frank Bertoncini

Funeral Details

St Mary’s Catholic Church
76 Hargraves Street

11th May 2021 at 11:00 AM

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