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Gladys I. Schleifer

Gladys I. Schleifer of Chester, NE, age 83 passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family on Saturday, September 14. She fought a long and courageous battle with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), a rare degenerative neurological disorder.
Her passion for volunteering was a lifetime dedication that included the Thayer County Health Services Guild and Foundation, Chester Schools, Community events and numerous church organizations.
She is survived by her husband Reuben. Reuben and Gladys celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary in August. Other survivors include sons Stan Schleifer of Bennington and Dr. Wes Schleifer of Council Bluffs; grandsons Jonathan and daughter Andreia Meyer of Omaha, Jared (Kara) and daughters Molly, Emily, and son Jacob of Omaha, Jamie (Allie) of Blair; her sister Arlene Matthiesen of Sioux Falls; sister-in-law Glennis (Schleifer) Abelbeck of Hebron and daughter-in-law Vicki Buras of Omaha. She was preceded in death by her parents August and Clara (Kettelhut) Abelbeck; brothers Ervin and Lloyd (Red) and brother-in-law Martin Matthiesen.
Funeral Services will be held at 1 PM, Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at St. John Lutheran Church in Chester, Nebraska. Interment will be at the Chester City Cemetery.
Memorials may be given to family choice.
Online condolences and information at
Visitation at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home in Chester, Nebraska on Monday, September 16 from 9 AM until 9 PM, with the family present from 6 PM to 8 PM.
Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Chester, Nebr in charge of arrangements


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