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Reita M Glassman

May 14, 2018

Reita Maxine (Gibson) Glassman, died May 14, 2018.  She was born December 19, 1929 in Paradise, Kansas to Hylas and Hazel (Finkenbinder) Gibson.  She married Florian Joseph Glassman on June 26, 1949 in Russell, Kansas, enjoying 48 years of marriage before the death of her spouse on February 22, 1997.

Reita graduated from Russell High School in 1947.  After marriage, she and her husband settled in Salina, Kansas for 20 years, where they raised a family of six children.  They eventually moved back to the area of their roots, Hays, Kansas in 1970, where Reita began working for Dr. J.E. Akers as a receptionist and eyeglass technician for 18 years, retiring in 1998.  She was also actively involved with the local election board, was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, the VFW Auxiliary, and the United States Bowling Congress.  She loved bowling and participated in a regular league, local, state, and national tournaments until the age of 86.  She enjoyed gardening, crocheting, knitting, and was an accomplished seamstress, often donating her work to area charities for sale to raise money for their projects.  She was an extraordinary supporter of Kansas University basketball, watched every game faithfully, and accumulated a large collection of KU memorabilia.  Her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren were the center of her life and always made her time spent with them special.

Reita was preceded in death by her husband, Florian (Bunch) Glassman, parents, Hylas and Hazel Gibson, one brother, Howard Gibson, and one sister and brother-in-law, Zelda and Vernon Mai.

Survivors include: one daughter, Debra Lorson and husband Phil of Hope, Kansas; five sons, John and wife Rhonda of Russell, Kansas, Rick and wife Cheryl of Hays, Kansas, Mike and wife Sandy of Victoria, Kansas, Mark and wife Dee of Allen, Texas, and Chris of Hays, Kansas; nine grandchildren, Kerry Ditto and husband Darren of Abilene, Kansas, Kelly Coup and husband Justin of Solomon, Kansas, Chad Lorson and wife Brittney of Hope, Kansas, Scott Glassman of Hutchinson, Kansas, Ursula Gage and husband Ty of Topeka, Kansas, Urlene Glassman and fiancé Tyler Smith of Aurora, Colorado, Heidi Glassman of Kansas City, Missouri, Sarah Glassman and fiancé Brady Weston of Long Island City, New York, and Nick Glassman of Hays, Kansas; thirteen great-grandchildren, Tatum and Reagan Ditto of Abilene, Kansas, Spencer, Breken, Kierstyn, and Quincy Coup of Solomon, Kansas, Brighton, Brirton, and Bristol Lorson of Hope, Kansas, Elin and Emery Glassman of Hutchinson, Kansas, Keaton and Logan Gage of Topeka, Kansas; three step-grandchildren, Allen Burch and wife Jenny of Afton, Oklahoma, June Karlin and husband Galen of Plainville, Kansas, and Chris Livengood of Salina, Kansas; eight step great-grandchildren, Jacob Karlin and wife Haley of Ellis, Kansas, Andrea Karlin of Ellis, Kansas, Josh Burch of Cedar Hill, Texas, Alec Burch and wife Keeshia of Cedar Hill, Texas, Zach Burch of Cedar Hill, Texas, Sam Hintz of Claremore, Oklahoma, Aaron Hintz of Claremore, Oklahoma, and Nick Burch of Afton, Oklahoma; three step great-great grndchildren, Addie, Sophie and Amelia Burch and one sister-in-law, Dottie Gibson of Sun City West, Arizona.

Funeral services will be 10 AM Friday, May 18, 2018 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Hays. Burial will follow services in St. Joseph cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday 4 PM - 8 PM and Friday 9 AM - 9:30 AM all at Brock's-Keithley Funeral Chapel and crematory 2509 Vine Hays, KS 67601.

A VfW Auxiliary memorial service and rosary will be Thursday at 6:30 PM followed by a parish vigil service at 7 PM all at the funeral chapel.

Suggested memorials should be made to Thomas More Prep-Marian High School or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

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