Mrs. Gladys (Westover) Neithefer, age 76, of Jenison, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Gladys was raised on her family’s farm in Algoma Township where they grew corn and wheat and had a few cattle. Gladys attended Foxville School, a one-room school house, located at 18 Mile and Algoma which is now the Maranatha Baptist Church. After the eighth grade, she transferred to Cedar Springs Schools and graduated in 1954 from Cedar Springs High School. After high school, Gladys attended Grand Rapids Community College and volunteered for a couple of years at Blodgett Hospital. She was a stay-at-home mom until her last child attended school. Gladys worked at Printer Arts and then became a special needs bus driver for Grand Rapids Public Schools. After 25 years she retired, but she then drove for the Sparta Senior Neighbors and delivered for Meals-on-Wheels. Gladys met Matt once again at the 50-year and beyond Cedar Springs Class Reunion. Although she knew Matt all through school, they never dated; but he was the one who always teased her. After their marriage they made a wonderful life together, and she became a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Jenison. Gladys was an excellent seamstress and enjoyed bowling in the Couple’s League. She loved to dance and was a life-time member of the VFW Creston Post. Her children are very grateful for their mom for the things that she taught them including cooking, sewing, canning, homemaking skills, and farming. She taught her boys life skills including fixing things and handyman skills. She is survived by her husband, Matt; her children, Irene (Ronald) Steadman, Mike (Gail) Dunbar, Charlie (Valerie) Dunbar, and Matt’s daughter, Ginger (Ron) Finkbeiner; 8 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren with the anticipated arrival of one more. She is also survived by her sister, Shirley and (David) Caldwell, and her brother, Bill (Jan) Westover; and many nieces and nephews. The Service for Mrs. Neithefer will be Thursday at 11:00 a.m. at the Pederson Funeral Home with Pastor William Wangelin officiating. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Cancer Society. Relatives and friends met with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.
The Pederson Funeral Home, Rockford