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Gladys Bobeck

November 22, 1923 — February 21, 2024

Gladys E. Bobeck, age 100, passed away February 21, 2024, in Missoula, Montana. 

Gladys, wife of the late Clifford J. Bobeck, formerly of Shelbyville, Indiana, and Rio Rancho, New Mexico, relocated to Missoula in her later years to be near her family.  In Shelbyville, Gladys was an active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and an avid golfer at the Elks Blue River Country Club. Gladys frequently volunteered for community causes including the Major Hospital Grey Ladies, Girl Scout troops, and Meals on Wheels.

Gladys valued life-long learning and especially loved books. While raising her children and working as librarian on the Shelby County Bookmobile, Gladys obtained her Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s degree in Special Education, by attending night classes at the Indianapolis campus of Indiana University.  Gladys then taught in various Shelbyville area schools, and continued teaching, and tutoring, after she and Clif moved to New Mexico. 

Gladys enjoyed sewing, baking and knitting. Her beautiful knitted children’s sweaters, Christmas stockings and baby items are still treasured by her family.  Gladys donated many of the baby clothes she knitted to young mothers in the community.  Those who knew Gladys were well aware that she never met a cat she did not love and cats of all descriptions were welcomed into the Bobeck home in Meiks Addition.  

Gladys is survived by her children, John Bobeck (Candy), Patricia Bobeck, Mary Beth Garoffolo, and Barbara Amidon; 8 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Clif, her mother Florence King, and her sisters Lorraine Wilborn, Marion Frost and Margie Novotny.

At her request, no services will be held. Interment of her ashes will take place at a later date in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.

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