Gladys Anna Sakusky, 91, of Tamaqua, Pennsylvania, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Blue Springs, MO on July 17, 2022.
Gladys, the daughter of the late Paul and Pauline (Ziegler) Hoffman, was born in Tamaqua. Married to the late William Sakusky in November 1948, Gladys initially worked as an operator for the local telephone company. As direct dialing became more accessible, Gladys began work with ICI Explosives in Reynolds, PA.
Upon her retirement, Gladys enjoyed traveling. She was always up for a bus trip with friends or a cruise with her son and his family. She traveled to many Hamburg football games to watch her son coach and to the Midwest to see her daughter. In her later years she enjoyed the Jersey shore with her granddaughter, putting her toes in the sand and sipping wine on the deck by the water. Before her eyesight worsened, Gladys loved helping out at St. Jerome’s Bingo and playing at the Tuscarora Fire Company. Morning breakfasts at White Birch Golf Course were the best way to start her day. With her daughter and family in the Midwest, Gladys eagerly awaited holidays when her whole family could be together. It’s likely that she knew every Hallmark Christmas movie by heart and her house was always completely decorated for each holiday. She delighted in the chorus of animated Hallmark plush holiday figures that her great-grandchildren would play over and over again.
In addition to her parents and husband, Gladys was preceded in death by her brothers Donald and Paul Hoffman as well as her son, William (Bill) Sakusky. She is survived by her brother Edward Hoffman; daughter Barbara, wife of Charles Kleinhagen and daughter-in-law Pamela (Bixler) Sakusky; grandchildren Kelly (Kleinhagen) wife of Joseph McBride, Steven Beidler husband of Janine, Charles Kleinhagen III husband of Aundrea, and Amy (Sakusky) wife of Michael Jaromnak. Gladys was great-grandmother to Dalton, Anna, Griffin, Alison, Amelia, Charlie, and Sullivan.
Meyers Funeral Chapel in Blue Springs has been entrusted with arrangements. Services and internment to be held in Pennsylvania at a later date. Memories of Gladys and words of comfort for her family may be shared at meyersfuneralchapel.com.