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Gladys Rose Sauerwein


Gladys Rose (Smith) Sauerwein, 85, of Bethalto, passed away at Evelyn’s House, Creve Coeur, MO on Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 3:17 p.m.

She was born July 4, 1937, in Bunker Hill Twp, to Robert James Smith and Gladys Lillian (Moore) Smith.

She was a homemaker.

She was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church.

Gladys enjoyed camping, fishing, playing pinochle, playing free cell, genealogy, puzzles and crocheting.

She is survived by her daughter, Carla (Jeff) Sauerwein of Alton; son, Edward (Diane) Sauerwein of Sedgwick, KS; grandchildren, Joshua (Jamie) Mills of Belle Plaine, KS, Jared (Erin) Mills of Jerseyville, Marsha (Eugene) Crane of Wichita, KS, Rebecca (Joe) Taylor of Sedgwick, KS, Melissa Ashby of Wichita, KS; great grandchildren, Dakota (Audrey) Crane, Morgan Teeple, Landon Sauerwein, Jacob Mills, Preston Crane, Wyatt Deneau, Arabella Taylor, Jeremiah Mills, Marek Taylor, Andrew Mills, Julia Mills, Jonathan Mills; brother, Glenn (Mary) Smith of Bunker Hill; many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews and cousins.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, former spouse, Marvin Sauerwein; grandson, Isaac Gould; brothers, Charles Smith, James Smith, Norman Smith; sisters, Lillie Mae King and Betty Smith.

Visitation was held on Friday, March 10, 2023 at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill and on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Kravanya Funeral Home in Bunker Hill. Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill.  Burial will be at Bunker Hill Cemetery, Bunker Hill.

Memorials are suggested to Zion Lutheran Church of Bunker Hill.

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Kravanya Funeral Home, Bunker Hill, is in charge of the arrangements.