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Glatt, Eloise B. (Thomas)


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Date: 7/18/2005 at 20:04:00

Funeral service for Eloise B. Glatt, 91, of Pella were held April 22, 2003 at United Methodist Church in Pella, the Rev. James Beranek, presiding, Rev. Michael Craighead, presiding. The music provided by Paul Davids and Mr. Lonnie Gerber, accompanist.

Interment was at Bronswood Cemetery in Oak Brook, Ill.

Eloise Bernice Thomas Glatt was born on September 9, 1911 in Pana, Ill. She was the first of three children born to James Thurston and Clara Belle Hedden Thomas.

Eloise was a good student and graduated in 1929 from Pana High School, as a member of the National Honor Society. Eloise continued her education at Sparks Business College in Shelbyville Illinois, where she learned stenotyping and graduated in 1930.

At age 19, she moved to Chicago and found employment at the John Plain Catalog Company as secretary to Mark Glatt, who wrote advertising copy. They were married at St. James Methodist Church in Chicago on May 22, 1937. To this union were born: Charles Thomas on May 1, 1940, and Janice Eloise on June 10, 1944. In 1947, the family moved to Western Springs, Ill. Eloise and Mark lived to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 1897.

Mark passed away on November 4 of that same year. Two years later, Eloise moved into Bethlehem Woods, an independent living retirement residence in nearby La Grange Park, Ill. She resided there until moving to Pella in July 2001. On Saturday morning, April 19, she passed away at the Pella Regional Health Center.

Mrs. Eloise Glatt is survived by two children, Charles T. Glatt of Kalamazoo, Mich. and Janice E. Webber and her husband Philip of Pella; 6 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Also her sister, Doris Culberson of Pana, and sister-in-law, Lillian Glatt of Des Plaines Ill; along with two nieces and seven nephews.

She was preceded in death by husband, Mark; her parents, James and Clara Thomas; her younger sister, Virginia Kempker; her five brothers-in-law: Robert Culberson, Leonard Kempker, Joe and Arthur Glatt, and Sam Siegel; and her two sisters-in-law Sylvia (Glatt) Siegel and Fae Glatt.

Eloise was notorious for being organized and paying attention to details. She showed amazing resilience and had an optimistic attitude. As she aged, she seemed to blossom. Playing Scrabble was her special passion. She also enjoyed Bridge.

She loved choral music and sang in the Methodist choir in Western Springs for 50 years. She also volunteered at the Community Hospital in La Grange Ill. for 35 years. Eloise was a generous supporter of many charitable causes and kept in touch with her many friends and relatives throughout the country. Her giving heart and love for people will always be remembered.

Arrangements were handled by the Van Dyk-Dwen Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to either: United Methodist Church, 1414 University Street, Pella, Iowa 50219 or First United Methodist Church, 4300 Howard Ave, Western Springs, Ill 60558.

The Pella Chronicle, May 5, 2003


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