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Formerly of Imler and Bedford

Gladys Irene (Zeth) Ickes, 84, formerly of Imler and Bedford, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, after a lengthy illness.

She lived with her daughter, Penny, and son-in-law Michael Berg, in York.

Gladys was born in Hollidaysburg on March 25, 1936, a daughter of the late Robert L. and Edna Marie (Reilly) Zeth. She was married to Dale O. Ickes, who preceded her in death on Oct. 24, 1986.

She is survived by her children: Janie Ickes, Randy M. Ickes (Julia), Karen E. Diehl (Larry), Alan D. Ickes (Patty) all from Bedford County and Penny Ickes (Michael Berg) from York County. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Ronald Strayer Jr., Angela Oyler, Wesley Ickes, Jeremy Ickes, Joshua Ickes, Sarah E. Diehl, Kevin A. Diehl, Faith Diehl, Michael A. Ickes and Heather Wood; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters: Patricia Grace, Rose Mary Wagner (James “Bing”), and Debra Kelley, all from the Hollidaysburg area; sisters-in-law: Catherine Zeth, Altoona, Belva Mock, Johnstown, and Mary Mock of Marietta; many nieces and nephews; and a special couple who were very dear to her, John and Santhi Kattupalli, and sons David and Joshua from Camp Hill.

She was preceded in death by granddaughter Hannah Joy Diehl; five sisters: Margaret Bowser, Janet Ferry, Beverly Armagost, Nancy Richardson and Elizabeth “Betty” Vipond; and six brothers: Robert, Roger, Frances, Joseph, James and Paul.

Gladys loved life and was a joyful, optimistic person. She always had fun, had a wonderful sense of humor and was known for her ability to make people laugh. Gladys enjoyed telling wonderful stories and cherished spending time with her family and many friends. She was quite the social butterfly and never met a stranger. She was giving, selfless, and compassionate and had a true love and desire to help those less fortunate. She was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, liked to attend Altoona Curve games, and enjoyed watching the news, Wheel of Fortune, the Price is Right, and Judge Judy. Gladys enjoyed being a homemaker and worked as assistant manager at the Bedford Subway in the 1990s.

Gladys and Dale were original charter members of the Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church in Fishertown when it began under Rev. Charlie Rhodes. After she relocated to Bedford she was affiliated with the Bedford Bible Church and also the Claysburg Bible Church until her health began to fail and she moved to the York area with her daughter, Penny and son-in-law Michael Berg, who provided the most loving care until her death.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in her memory to the charity of their choice.

A memorial celebration of Gladys’ life will be held at the Chestnut Ridge Independent Fellowship Church Hall on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. The time will be announced closer to the memorial date. Friends and family are encouraged to share photos or videos of her, along with any special memories, by visiting www.weremember.com and searching for Gladys Ickes.

Private interment will be at the Bedford Memorial Park in Bedford. Pastor Al Sones, Good News Free Methodist Church from Mechanicsburg, will officiate.

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