Gladys Bloom, Formerly Janesville/Milton, WI
December 26, 1931 - August 7, 2017
Gladys Bloom, age 85, left her earthly body on August 7, 2017 to go home to be with her Lord and savior and her loved ones who have already made the journey. Hopefully there are signs posted how to get there because she had ZERO directional sense, always turning left when she should have turned right. Left to her own devices, she'd STILL be wandering around Woodman's parking lot, looking for the car. It's probably the main reason she never learned to drive.
Born to Pauline and William Snitker, she spent most of her childhood in Delavan, WI. Her siblings include Lavonne Tietz from Waukon, IA, and Carol (Marciel) Luna from Buckeye, AZ. Gladys was predeceased by her brother, Alvin Snitker, who died in an auto accident many years ago.
Somehow she found her way to Janesville (GPS had yet to be invented) and met her husband at the Ace High Roller Rink. Eugene “Sy” Flint was the guy with the whistle around his neck and they fell in love, married, and had a family. Rhonda (Nick) Green was first born and Dawn Clark followed shortly after. She spent most of her early adult life raising the girls. One of Sy's favorite nicknames for Gladys was “Cement Head” which largely contributed to his future status of EX husband.
Kimberly-Clark should be notified that there will be a noticeable drop in their stock. Mom always had a Kleenex in each hand, 4 or 5 in her pockets and a few up her sleeves. Most of them found their way into the washing machine.
Gladys overcame many obstacles in life including breast cancer twice, macular degeneration, and being short. She took it all in stride with little complaining. Her motto in life was “never pass a bathroom without using it”. As the macular degeneration took hold, she would oftentimes find herself in the men's room.
Last year, she moved from Milton to Florida. Both of her daughters live there, together with Rhonda's sons and families: Matt Green and children Landrea and Connor, and David and Tambry Green, and their son, Austin. Gladys left behind many nieces and nephews, mostly from the Janesville area and Jean Spaulding, who is the twin sister of her former, predeceased husband.
She also left behind a church family, whom she dearly missed this past year. She was a member of Hope Lutheran in Milton for 30 years and there was a line of folks every Sunday to hug her before she went home. She made many friends at Homestead Apartments in Milton, particularly Sandy and Gwen. A celebration of her life is being planned at Hope Lutheran in the future.
Gladys' favorite hymn was “I Can Only Imagine”. Well, mom, you are surrounded by His glory…is it all you imagined?