Gladys Amelia (Stroh) Fledderjohann, 90, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, surrounded by her loving family.
Gladys was born on Oct. 16, 1921, in her childhood home near New Knoxville, the only daughter of four children born to Vernon and Ella (Vordermark) Stroh, and they preceded her in death.
On May 25, 1941, she married Vernon Fledderjohann, and he preceded her in death.
She is survived by two brothers, Harold (Edith) Stroh of Wapakoneta and Ralph (Barbara) Stroh of New Knoxville; a sister-in-law, Jean Stroh of Mansfield.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Rolland Stroh.
Gladys attended area schools, and in 1939, her senior class was the first to graduate from the newly constructed New Knoxville High School.
Gladys and Vernon remodeled a home on a farm near New Knoxville for their new home and lifelong residence. Gladys was a loving mother to their four children, Linda (David) Michael of Madison, Wisc., Larry (Paula Bubp) Fledderjohann of New Knoxville, Nancy Archer of Sidney and Jay (Dee Stiles) Fledderjohann of New Knoxville.
In her lifetime, Gladys spent more time as a homemaker, a mother, a grandmother and a great-grandmother than in pursuits that generated monetary income. Instead, she chose to be gainfully employed in ways that produce far more important dividends in the life of her family than mere financial gain. At some point in her lifetime, she was a: Daughter; sister; wife; mother; grandmother; great-grandmother; friend; 4-H member; kite flyer; bubble blower; 4-H adviser; turkey packer; farm worker; arrowhead hunter; crackle glass collector; antique lover; feeder of bulls; grower of flowers; parade participant; jig saw puzzle lover; voting poll volunteer; Christmas decorator; Easter egg hider; holiday coordinator; solitare player; painter; decorator; repairwoman; hair stylist; barber; canner; gardener; landscaper; bike rider; humming bird watcher; deer watcher; hospital guild volunteer; fisherwoman; prize winning cook; 4-wheeler driver; quilt maker; seamstress; costume designer; church member; church guild member; bread and cookie baker; candy maker; mediator; counselor; caregiver; nurse; patient; neighbor; gambler; Rook player; Sheephead play player; domino player; butcher; and many other roles, which she carried out with love.
Gladys spent many hours in fun-loving activities with her nine grandchildren, David and Sara (Michael) Luna of New York, N.Y., Tim and Jessica Michael of Wankesha, Wisc., Andy and Johanna (Michael) Chenous of Argyle, Wisc., Mark and Shelly (Rush) Fledderjohann of St. Marys; Mike Fledderjohann and Samantha Menke of New Knoxville; Stacie Ryan Archer and Stephanie DeGanaro of Delaware, Tim and Stephanie (Archer) Manning of Havertown, Pa., Kyle and Amy (Fledderjohann) Bishop of Mansfield and Gregg and Becky (Fledderjohann) Amstutz of Pandora. Gladys also delighted in spending time with her 19 great-grandchildren.
In later years, Gladys called Elmwood Assisted Living in New Bremen home. She spent many hours there playing Sheephead and dominoes and participating in other activities with several former neighbors and newly found friends. Many staff members at Elmwood grew to love Gladys like family.
Funeral rites will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the First United Church of Christ in New Knoxville, with the Rev. David Michael, her son-in-law, officiating.
Gladys will be laid to rest in Pilger Ruhe Cemetery in New Knoxville
Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Ministry Center of the First United Church of Christ, where memorial donations may be directed to Grand Lake Hospice, 1122 E. Spring St., St. Marys.
Condolences may be sent to the family via MillerFuneralHomes.net.
Funeral arrangements for Gladys are entrusted to the Vornholt-Miller Funeral Home in New Knoxville.