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OBIT: Gladys J. Sheldon

Gladys J. Sheldon, 87 of Clear Lake passed away Saturday, April 20, 2024. A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held 10:30 am Thursday, April 25, 2024 at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel.

Gladys J. Sheldon, 87 of Clear Lake passed away Saturday, April 20, 2024.

A Memorial Service to celebrate her life will be held 10:30 am Thursday, April 25, 2024 at Ward-Van Slyke Colonial Chapel, 310 1st Ave. North, Clear Lake, IA with Mark Doebel officiating. She will be laid to rest at Olena Mound Cemetery, north of Buffalo Center, and a time of fellowship in Buffalo Center will follow the burial.

Visitation will be held from 5:00pm – 7:00pm Wednesday, April 24, 2024 at the funeral home.

Gladys Jean was born December 13, 1936 in Buffalo Center, the daughter of Theodore Jr. and Elizabeth (Roth) Albers. One of eight children, Gladys grew up in the Great Depression, setting down root for her frugal and strong-willed personality. She graduated from Buffalo Center High School and continued her education at AIB. On November 26, 1966 she married, Leon “Lee” Sheldon. They raised their three children, Betty, LaBeth and Kevin in the Clear Lake area before Leon’s death in 1997. Gladys was a determined woman; for fifteen years she worked at Winnebago Industries painting and doing body work. She cared for her son, Kevin for many years until his passing in 2003. But, her most well known work was done as a crossing guard in Clear Lake, ensuring kids and families made it to their destinations safely.

Gladys approached life with kindness, stubbornness and the knowledge that ‘everything will work out for the best. Just stay positive’. Being a grandma was one of her greatest joys in life. She enjoyed following their sports and activities, whether in person or on the radio and was known to always have treats and sweets ready for the kids. Gladys enjoyed time gardening, known most for her beautiful marigolds and other flowers.

She was a longtime member of the First Reformed Church of Buffalo Center and later the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Forest City.

Surviving are her daughters, Betty Sheldon of Clear Lake and LaBeth Sasse of Thornton, IA; grandchildren, Devlynn, A.J. and Keagan Sasse; brothers, Gerald “Jerry” Albers, Donald (Marilyn) Albers, and Dennis (Joanna) Albers; as well as many nieces, nephews and extended family members.

Preceding her in death are her parents; husband, Lee; son, Kevin; son-in-law, Joel Sasse; brothers, Edwin and Merrill; sisters, Arelene Field and Dorothy Kessler; and many extended family members.

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