Edith C. Glasier died peacefully at her home on Jan. 1, 2020.
Born in 1931 in Denver to Stella and Edwin Tooley, Edith was the second of three girls. After graduation from Denver’s South High School, Edith met her future husband, Howard Glasier, on a blind date. They married in September 1950 and raised eight children together.
Howard and Edith enjoyed square dancing, camping and fishing, and were active in the Catholic Church. In 1957, they sponsored a refugee family from Hungary. After Howard retired, they enjoyed traveling across the U.S. in a motor home, visiting friends and family along the way.
Having grown up during the Great Depression, Edith always made sure everyone – her children and visitors – had enough to eat. She recalled eating pigeon when her dad was out of work. He would lure the birds with bread and then kill them with a rock. She said he got pretty good at throwing rocks.
With her children’s help, Edith grew a big vegetable garden and canned produce and fruit. She also prepared and froze elk and venison harvested by Howard and their sons. Edith was an excellent cook and was always trying new recipes. After a meal with stuffed elk heart, her children were convinced that she could cook an old boot and make it taste good. There also was an ill-fated batch of plum wine, made memorable by the explosion of some of the fermenting bottles in the basement. (Perhaps that was the spark that led to an interest in fermentation by her children.)
When her children were young, Edith was active in their school, 4-H, Cub Scout, and Camp Fire Girl groups. When her children’s friends visited, Edith welcomed them as if they were her own, even when they became adults.
Edith was a talented seamstress and would make clothes, Halloween costumes and quilted items for the family. Hobbies included reading mystery novels, collecting books by local authors and attending book signings, growing roses, stained glass work, dried flower arrangements, and patchwork wall hangings.
Edith is survived by her children: David Glasier, Mary Stein, Jim (Donna) Glasier, Kathy Dillon, Anne Glasier, Michael (Dee) Glasier, Paul (Kelly) Glasier, and Barbara McGee; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Howard, and her sisters, Barbara Wells and Charlotte Fogarty.
A memorial mass for Edith will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 16, at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 13670 E. 13th Place, Aurora, Colo., 80011.
Edith’s children have set up a scholarship fund in her memory to assist nursing students. In lieu of flowers, please consider a tax-deductible donation to: Community College Foundation of Aurora, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway, Aurora, CO 80011, and specify the Edith C. Glasier Scholarship Fund on your check.
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