Gloria M. Klaus


Gloria M. Klaus, age 86 of Highland, IL, died Friday, October 20, 2017, at Siteman Cancer Center in St. Louis, MO.

She was born October 16, 1931, in Highland, IL, the daughter of John and Leona (nee Schauster) Zobrist Sr.

On July 21, 1955, she married Jack R. Klaus at E & R Church in Highland, IL. Hepassed away on September 01, 2012.

She was a member of Evangelical United Church of Christ. She was also a member of Highland Historical Soc.; St. Joseph’s Hospital Auxiliary; VFW Auxiliary; Honorary Member of EvUCC Women’s Guild; Faith Countryside Homes Auxiliary (Treasurer 23 years) and former Board of Directors Faith Countryside Homes ; HACSM Volunteer; Meals on Wheels Driver; American. Red Cross Blood Drive Volunteer. .

Gloria was born and grew up in Highland, IL. She was a 1949 graduate of Highland High School. She worked at Center’s Drug Store and after graduation she worked as a Secretary at Wick’s Organ Company. She was a Book Keeper for Klaus Service Company until she and her husband retired in 1990. She loved to travel with her husband to virtually most of the U.S.A as well as Mexico, Puerto Rico, England and Europe. She loved spending time with her family and friends and enjoyed golfing, bowling, and playing cards.

Survivors include :
Daughter – Vicky K. Rankin, Highland, IL
Daughter – Karla K. (Jerome) Zurliene, Highland, IL
Daughter – Connie K. (Craig Welz) Sparlin, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Heather J. (Tim) Sendera, Pittsburgh, PA
Grandchild – Drew J. (Jennifer) Rankin, Glenarm, IL
Grandchild – Jeremy R. (Kelli) Zurliene, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Chad A. (Jana) Zurliene, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Nick G. (Rachel) Sparlin, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Ben R. Sparlin, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Jonathan J. Sendera, Pittsburgh, PA
Great Grandchild – Will J. Sendera, Pittsburgh, PA
Great Grandchild – Memphis S. Zurliene, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – Brantley J. Zurliene, Highland, IL
Great Grandchild – James M. Rankin, Glenarm, IL
Great Grandchild – Brenna K. Zurliene, Highland, IL
Great Granddaughter – Expected Nov. 2017

She was preceded in death by
Father – John O. Zobrist – Died 10/2/1976
Mother – Leona A. Zobrist, nee Schauster – Died 11/26/1983
Husband – Jack R. Klaus – Died 9/1/2012
Sister – Laurine “Blondie” Ulrich – Died 7/6/2001
Brother – Curtis Leroy Zobrist – Died 7/17/1949
Brother – John O. Zobrist, Jr. – Died 2/13/1965
Brother – Duane O. “Butch” Zobrist – Died 12/4/1994
Brother – LeRoy S. Zobrist – Died 12/27/2012
Son-in-law – Kenneth G. Sparlin Died 4/21/2006

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL and from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, IL.

Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at Evangelical United Church of Christ in Highland, IL., with Rev. Christopher W. Hill and Rev. Will Ver Duin officiating.

Interment will be at Highland City Cemetery in Highland, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jack and Gloria Klaus Fund at HACF ; HACSM ; EvUCC Women’s Guild ; Faith Countryside Homes AUX ; Education Plus Primary School ; Louis Latzer Memorial Library ; Evangelical UCC.

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