REDDICK — Gladys Dassow Brunner died at home, in Reddick, in the company of her husband and children, in the evening Saturday (March 10, 2012) at the age of 88.
Visitation will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday and from 10 a.m. Monday until the 11 a.m. celebration of life service Monday, all at Zoar Community Church on highway 17, two miles northeast of Reddick. Interment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elmwood.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to Hospice of Kankakee Valley, 482 Main St. NW, Bourbonnais, IL 60914. Gladys and Eldon were volunteers there for 27 years, and then received excellent, compassionate care for the last months of her life.
Gladys was born on the Dassow farm in Chatsworth, on May 13, 1923. She was active there in 4-H, basketball and church activities. She graduated from North Central College in Naperville in 1945, with a bachelor’s degree in home economics. Gladys married Lt. Eldon Brunner on July 9, 1945, and they lived in Europe in Linz, Austria, soon after World War II and had the time of their lives traveling with other Army pilots and their wives. Eldon and Gladys later had two children, and lived in Champaign; Fort Worth, Texas; Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Calif.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Glen Ellen; Matawan, N.J.; Berwyn, Penn.; and Reddick.
Gladys was adored by her husband, Eldon; son, Roger (Niesje) of Fairbanks, Alaska; daughter, Betty (Joe) Roza of Santa Rosa, Calif.; three granddaughters, Laura, Jill and Stephanie; and great-granddaughter, Anna.
Gladys was active in church activities, women’s societies, was a Cub Scout den mother, Sunday school teacher, swim instructor, PTA mom, and a 2-pin life member of the United Methodist Women’s Society. She loved stamp collecting, bridge playing, gardening, canning, travel, mystery novels, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, and taking care of her family. Gladys always packed a swimsuit for trips “in case there is a swimming pool” and she liked to hitch a ride in the combine during fall harvest. Gladys was a master seamstress who made her own wedding gown, suits of clothes, and over four dozen quilts, including small ones for youngsters in the Cunningham Children’s Home to have something of their own.
Gladys lived a full and active life. Her strong faith in God was life long, and continued after she learned that she had only six to 12 months to go. She was not afraid of death. Gladys was determined to live fully while she was here, and to “do the best she could with what she had.” She did.
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