Gladys E. Heuertz

            Gladys E. Heuertz, 94, of St. Charles, passed away at her home, surrounded by the love of her family, on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008.

            She was born on Aug. 15, 1914, the daughter of Julian and Agnes Miller in Cloverdale, Ill.

            Gladys grew up on the family farm in Cloverdale and attended local schools. After school, she continued to work on the family farm, tending to the livestock and working the fields.

            Gladys was involved in the local church choir, and it was there that she met her future husband, Adolph. Gladys and Adolph were united in marriage on Nov. 28, 1940. They began their new life together renting a farm and working the land together, as she did as a girl before moving to St. Charles in 1952. Farming would continue to be a familiar refrain as they continued to farm when they moved to Wasco in 1963. In 1974, they moved once more to a homestead elsewhere in Wasco, where they have since made their home. Later, Gladys worked at The Little Traveler in Geneva for a time, as well as Wasco Nursery.

            Gladys was a faithful member of St. Patrick’s Church, St. Charles for many years.

            Gladys had a strong work ethic and even stronger faith. Her love for her family had no bounds, but heaven help you if you didn’t take off your hat at the table or forget to say grace before eating.

            Flowers were a lifetime passion with mums, geraniums and African violets among her favorites. Her green thumb grew unto installing her own green house off the kitchen, and outside was home to a well-stocked garden. Along with her flowers, colorful ceramic birds perched in different places throughout the home and helped keep her company. She also loved to sew repairs into clothes that had been worn through, and there was never a card game she didn’t like. She and Adolph would play with their friends on Saturday night; whether it was canasta, gin, rummy, bridge, euchre or crazy eights, there wasn’t a game she couldn’t play.

            Later in life, she found joy feeding the cardinals that fed by the window, working on puzzles and reading romance novels cover-to-cover. All these memories and more are the legacy she leaves behind to live on in the hearts and minds of her family and friends.

            She now leaves two sons, Ron (Nancy nee Harms) Heuertz of Elburn, Ill. and Wayne Heuretz of Wasco; two grandchildren, Steve Heuertz of St. Charles and Stephanie Heuertz of Wasco; one brother, Joe Miller of Rochelle, Ill.; one sister-in-law, Julie Theis of Penryn, Calif.; one brother-in-law, Engelbert Heuertz of Valley Falls, Kan., and a family of friends.

            She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Adolph; one brother, Earl Miller; one sister, Natalie Stark; and one twin sister, Violet Miller, who died at age 3.

            Visitation was Sunday, Oct. 26, at Conley Funeral Home, Elburn. A mass to celebrate her life was held Monday, Oct. 27, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, St. Charles. Fr. Michael Oswalt officiated. Interment followed at Resurrection Cemetery in Batavia.

            A memorial has been established in her name. Checks may be made to the “Gladys Heuertz Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL  60119.   

            Tributes and memories may also be forwarded to the family at the same address or through www.conleycare.com.