|Birth: ||Apr. 13, 1920|
San Francisco County
|Death: ||Mar. 24, 2011|
San Francisco County
Gladys Duesdieker went to God peacefully in San Francisco on March 24, 2011.
Gladys was born April 13, 1920 in San Francisco, CA to Belle O'Brien (nee Stuart) and James O'Brien. She was a 1938 graduate of Mission High School, San Francisco.
She had a thirty-plus-year career in banking, working first for Anglo-Cal, several other banks, and last for Bank of America for twenty-four years. She retired from the Noriega Branch after serving as vault teller at the Parkside branch.
Gladys married the boy next door and love of her life, George "Gus" Duesdieker, on January 10, 1941. They met in 1930 when Gladys' family rented a house owned by Gus' mother's family (the Huillades). Gus' family lived in the house next door. The houses were on Fourth Street in Berkeley, just north of University.
After graduating from Berkeley High School, Gus enlisted in the Army for three years. After that Gus enlisted in the Navy, where he served eight years, including WWII. Gladys accompanied him to far flung places such as Brooklyn, NY, Norfolk, VA, Philadelphia, PA, San Diego, CA, and Bremerton, WA so that she would be there when his ship was in port or dry-dock. After the war, Gladys and Gus settled in San Francisco and had their son, George.
Gladys is survived by her sister, Patricia Stachowiak, son George, daughter-in-law Eileen Braunreiter, and her two granddaughters, Alice and Claire Duesdieker. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Cecile O'Brien, many nieces and nephews, and other members of the extended Stuart, O'Brien, Duesdieker, and Huillade families. Gladys was preceded in death by her siblings, Marguerite, John, Helen, and James. It was her sister, Marguerite, who nicknamed her "Happy Bottom" (Glad ass) in response to a much longer and biting moniker that Gladys had coined for Margie when they were small.
Gus passed away unexpectedly on December 26, 1982, after one of the BEST Christmas celebrations ever. Living without Gus was a transition for Gladys and she filled her time by becoming a very active member of St. Gabriel's Ladies Sodality which allowed her to put her excellent crocheting skills to good use by making afghans and other items for the needy. She also enjoyed outings around and about San Francisco with her sisters.
Her life was enriched with the births of Alice and Claire. For many years, Gladys' routine was to drive to George and Eileen's house for the weekend to spend time with her loving and beloved granddaughters. When Gladys wasn't able to drive the distance anymore, George would pick-her up so she could continue her weekend get-aways. Gladys will be sorely missed by her family and her many friends from BofA.
Recently, Gladys moved to Alma Via of San Francisco and the family thanks them for their compassionate care.
Family and friends may visit after 6:00 p.m. on Monday, March 28, 2011 at Duggan's Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City, CA, with The Holy Rosary at 7:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, 2011 in St. Gabriel's Church, 2559 40th Avenue, San Francisco, CA.
Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park, 1000 El Camino Real, Colma, CA.
Published in the San Francisco Chronicle on March 27, 2011.
August George Duesdieker (1917 - 1982)*
Woodlawn Memorial Park
San Mateo County
Created by: Ryan D. Curtis
Record added: Mar 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67595993