Shirley Glaser

Obituary of Shirley M. Glaser

HERKIMER - Shirley M. Glaser, passed away peacefully on May 28th, 2021, at Masonic Care Community, in Utica, New York with the loving support of her family. Shirley was born in the town of Canistota, South Dakota, on January 31, 1930, a daughter of the late John W. Holdren and Delilah Garnjobst Holdren and received her education in Yankton, South Dakota and attended Westmar College in LeMars, Iowa. On June 18, 1950, Shirley Married Robert J. Glaser, and they enjoyed a loving union of 55 years until his death on November 11, 2005. In her early years she taught school in a rural one room schoolhouse. Every morning she would stoke the fire in a wood stove prior to teaching her class. After raising her family of three girls, she worked for a friend at their publishing company and worked for several years at Chelsea Heights Grade School as a teacher’s aide. She was a loving wife, mother grandmother and great-grandmother as well as a caring friend and neighbor. She loved to entertain and was a wonderful cook, baker, seamstress, crafter, gardener and enjoyed crocheting and playing games with friends and family. Throughout the years, she enjoyed their summer vacations driving cross country with the family to visit relatives. They took trips to see many National Parks as well as Washington DC. Bob and Shirley traveled with her sister and brother-in-law to Europe. She also visited Japan in 1984 with a missionary friend. Shirley was a very - active member of the Central Baptist Church in St. Paul, MN. She was an active participant in the Women’s Missionary Guild, the Spice of Life, and voluntarily made costumes and quilts for the Dorcas Club. Shirley is survived by one brother, John (Jack) Holdren and Wife, (Barb), of Sioux City, IA; Her children, Susan O’Neill, of Raleigh, NC, Elizabeth (David) Herr, of Herkimer, NY and Margaret (Greg) Switzer, of Durand, WI; eleven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews and friends. Shirley was predeceased by her loving husband of more than 55 years, Robert, in 2005; and also by her sisters and brothers-in-laws, Jane and (Clarence) Ketterling, Fonielle and (Melvin) Carlson, Joann and (Dale) Thompson and Chester and (Eleanor) Glaser. So many wonderful people helped Shirley while she lived at Masonic Care Center for over four years and there are too many to list. However, she wanted to especially thank Michelle, Todd, Jay, Tina, Nancy, Corey, Jamie, Colleen, Christine, Carrie, Melissa, Shannon, Tasha, Mary Ann, and Isabel. She had so much love for the staff in Saranac Residence who made her comfortable in her home away from home and gave her excellent care. Special thanks are also due to volunteers Camille, Ruth, and Mary Lou. A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held Saturday, June 12th, at 11 AM, at Central Baptist Church, 420 North Roy St., in St. Paul, MN. Shirley will be laid to rest next to her husband in Fort Snelling National Cemetery in St. Paul, MN and interment will be private. Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Enea Family Funeral Home, 220 N. Washington St., Herkimer, NY, Funeral Directors, Harry J. Enea, Jr., Kevin E. Enea and Martin L. Ciaccia (315) 866-1011. Online condolences may be left at on the Internet.
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