Elizabeth Potter Gleason, 89, of Pompton Plains, formerly of Ocala, Florida, died Saturday, December 18, 2021.
Born in New York City, Elizabeth was the daughter of Eugene and Julia Stretzky. Raised in the Bronx, she was educated there before joining the workforce as one of the first female bank tellers at Morgan Guarantee and Trust in Manhattan.
Moving to the suburbs, she raised her six children in Oakland and Elmwood Park before returning to William Paterson College to earn her degree in nursing. A terribly hard worker, Elizabeth managed to work nights while earning her degree and caring for her children. She worked for many years as a nurse, employed at Bergen Pines, before becoming a teaching nurse there as well.
Retiring to Ocala, Florida, Elizabeth met John Gleason while volunteering as a local usher at a movie theater. The two were married a year later, in 2001, and greatly enjoyed traveling the world together. Trips to India and China were especially enjoyed, but nothing could top Elizabeth's return to Germany and the Netherlands, where she visited with family and returned her mother's ashes to her homeland.
Elizabeth and John returned to New Jersey four years ago, settling at Cedar Crest Village in Pompton Plains. There, Elizabeth became an active member of the community, and especially enjoyed hiking with the "Amblers and Scramblers."
Elizabeth was dearly loved by her family, and she will always be remembered for the love and devotion she showed her friends and family. She is survived by her sons, Brent Potter and his wife Nancy, Deane Potter and his wife Lisa, and Glen Potter and his wife Deborah; her daughters, Tami Turner, Kira Potter-Testa and her husband Carl, and Adrienne Potter-Malcolm; 14 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.