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Gladys Harter, age 98, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 3, 2020, at Symphony of Orchard Valley in Aurora. Gladys was born on December 8, 1921 in Kendall County to Severt and Gertrude Severtson. She grew up and attended school in Lisbon. Upon marrying Raymond Harter in 1939, she lived in the Elburn/Kaneland area until her move to Asbury Gardens, North Aurora, where she resided until recently.
There was nothing more important to Gladys than her family, both immediate and extended. She was a loving partner to late husband Raymond during 45 years of farm life. As a devoted mother to three children, she rarely missed a ball game, piano recital or school-related function. She helped organize fundraisers and volunteered for the athletic boosters and other Kaneland community events. While working in the school district, she “adopted” others, all while caring for and supporting her large extended family. She served as a mentor and confidant to many who sought her guidance. Her life touched generations of family and friends, the impact, impossible to measure.
Faith was also an important part of Gladysâ€™ life. Raised as a Lutheran, she joined the Kaneville United Methodist Church after moving to the area. Over the years, she was a faithful supporter of their annual Beef Supper and Bazaar, as well as the Sunday school and womenâ€™s group, La Kelvine Club.
Gladys is predeceased by her husband, John Raymond, her son John Harter, four sisters and two brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Kathryn (Robert) Zawacke of Morristown, NJ, and her son, Dennis (Diane) Harter, of Keller, TX, eight grandchildren and many great-grandchildren in addition to many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and their families.
Donations in Gladysâ€™ memory may be made to the Elburn Lions Club, 500 S. Filmore Street, Elburn, IL 60119 (www.elburnlions.com) and the Kaneville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 50, Kaneville, IL 60144.
A celebration of Gladysâ€™ life will be held at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of Conley Funeral Home in Elburn, IL at 630-365-6414.