Anita L. Gleckler

Born: Tue., Sep. 13, 1932
Died: Wed., Apr. 18, 2018


4:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 21, 2018
Location: Niebur Funeral Home

Funeral Service

2:00 PM Sun., Apr. 22, 2018
Location: Church Of The Nazarene

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Anita L. Gleckler, 85, of rural New Salem, IL passed away on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at her home.  She was born on September 13, 1932 to Louis and Mary Ellen Gardner Dickerson in Moberly, MO.  Anita married the love of her life, Orville Gleckler, on June 4, 1950 at the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene, and he survives.

In Anita's earlier years, she worked at Trio Manufacturing as a Proofer and also at Penstone Apple Orchard.  Most of her life was spent as Orville's right hand woman, working on their farm which she greatly enjoyed. On the farm, she raised chickens and bucket calves and loved tending to her flowers and feeding the birds. When not working on the farm, she and Orville enjoyed travelling, especially to Wyoming, and were avid campers.  

Anita was instrumental in bringing of the Church of the Nazarene to Pittsfield.  She was an active member at the church, serving on the Church Board, the Building Committee, taught the teenage Sunday School Class, and served on various other committees.  Anita dearly loved her church and studying the Bible.  It was her desire that all of her loved ones have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  She was a prayer warrior.  Anita was also a member of Home Extension, Women's Christian Temperance Union, and the PTA.  

She is survived by her husband of nearly 68 years, Orville; a son, Charles (Paula) Gleckler of Council Bluff, IA; daughters, Dr. Mary (Dr. Richard) Barnes of Lander, WY and Judith (Patrick) Conway of Pittsfield, IL; fourteen grandchildren, Chad (Kelli) Gleckler of Elkhorn, NE, Nathan (Lindsey) Barnes of Lander, WY, Dr. Miranda (Kevin) Barnes Edwards of Grand Junction, CO, Daniel Barnes of Lander, WY, Cameo Kimmel of Greenville, NC, Cassie Barnes of Lander, WY, Shannon Thomas of Corpus Christi, TX, Shawn (Melissa) Thomas of Whitesboro, TX, Saschel "Sassy" Thomas of New Holland, PA, Cayla (Justin) Brown of Denton, TX, Ashlee Conway, of Pittsfield, IL, Morgan Conway of Pittsfield, IL, Brooke Hotz of Omaha, NE, and Adam Hotz of Council Bluffs, IA; nine great grandchildren, Addyson Gleckler, Halle Gleckler, Russel Barnes, Wyatt Barnes, Kaydence Thomas, Aubree Thomas, Vivienne Anita Brown, Elizabeth Edwards, Adeline Edwards; sisters, Eula Morrow of Pittsfield, IL and Mary Ellen Collins of Petersburg, IN; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Patricia Gleckler; granddaughter, Heidi Thomas; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Nietha Dickerson; and brother-in-law, William Collins.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene.  Interment will follow at Pittsfield West Cemetery.  There will be a visitation on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM at Niebur Funeral Home in Pittsfield.  Memorials are suggested to the Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene or the Pike County Animal Shelter.  Online condolences may be left to the family at  Niebur Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Charitable donations may be made in Anita's memory to the following organizations:

Pike County Animal Shelter

Pittsfield Church of the Nazarene

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