TRAVERSE CITY — Marjorie E. Kladder, 99.9, of Acme, passed away on March 26, 2014, with family at her side. Marjorie was born April 30, 1914, in Flint, to John and Anna Gleasure (Reek).
She lived in Davison before moving to Acme in 2004.
Marjorie had to quit high school to work as a nanny during the depression. Always loving education she returned to school and proudly graduated from Mott High School in 1960. She went on to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Michigan University.
She taught second grade for the Kearsley school district for 15 years.
On Dec. 7, 1935, she married Jacob Kladder and together they built a home in Davison. They had 54 wonderful years together.
During World War II she worked at AC Spark Plug.
In addition to teaching Marjorie enjoyed traveling. She traveled to all 50 states and had a particular fondness for the mountains. After her husband passed she extended her travels to include China, Turkey, Greece, Egypt and other European countries.
But most of all, she loved her family. She was active in scouting, where she became a den leader. She made sure her sons became involved with the church youth group, the YMCA and many school activities. She was the organizer of all the family vacations and of all the renovations to the house.
She was preceded in death by husband, Jacob Kladder; son, Ronald Kladder; mother, Anna Elizabeth Reek; father, John Henry Gleasure; sister, Millicent Valorea (Gleasure) Turrel; sister, Sylvia Lillian (Gleasure) Fuller; and brother, Virgil Henry Gleasure.
She is survived by two children, Wayne J. Kladder (Ruthanne), of Traverse City, and Douglas L. Kladder (Suzanne), of Colorado Springs, Colo.; daughter-in-law, Jerianne Kladder, of Columbus, Ohio; many nieces and nephews; and friends by whom she will be greatly missed.
Memorial services will be held on what would have been her 100th birthday, April 30, 2014, at Hope Village in Acme. Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. with the service beginning at 3 p.m. An additional memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Flint Memorial Park on N. 9506 N. Dort Hwy., Mt. Morris, Michigan at 2 p.m. on May 2, 2014.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy, 3860 N. Long Lake Road Suite D, Traverse City, MI 49684; (231) 929-7911.
Please sign her online guestbook at www.reynolds-jonkhoff.com.
Arrangements have been handled by Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.