Gladys A. Tschopp, age 94 of Williamsburg, Iowa, died Friday, August 8, 2014 at Mercy Hospital in Iowa City. Funeral Service: 10:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 12, 2014, St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, with Rev. Karl Heck officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Williamsburg. Visitation: 5 to 7 P.M. Monday, August 11, 2014 at St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church, Williamsburg with a Scripture Service at 6:45 P.M. A memorial fund has been established. Kloster Funeral Home, Marengo is assisting the family with arrangements.
Gladys is survived by her daughters, Marlys Stithem (Charles) of South Amana, and Kella Jane Tschopp of Fairfield; a son-in-law, Robert Gerard of Libertyville; a granddaughter, Dorae Lynn Rippey (David) of Fairfield; and three great-grandsons, Dalton, Drake and Dallen.
She was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, A. Melvin Tschopp in 1996.
Gladys Anna Adelheid Heitshusen was born May 27, 1920 in Iowa County, Iowa, the daughter of Adolph and Emma Maas Heitshusen. She graduated from the Marengo High School with the Class of 1939, and married A. Melvin Tschopp on June 22, 1941 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Williamsburg. The couple farmed the Heitshusen Century Farm and the Tschopp farm for many years. Gladys loved her family and the farm animals, especially the cats, which at times numbered up to 40. She also enjoyed the square dancing group that she and Melvin were members of. Gladys made her home at Highland Ridge. She was one of the first to call in "Home" when it opened in 2004.
Gladys was an active member of her church, St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church, Williamsburg, and in earlier years, St. Paul Lutheran and Immanuel Lutheran.