Gladys Stravers

October 12, 1942 ~ October 26, 2023 (age 81) 81 Years Old

Gladys Stravers Obituary

Gladys Viola Stravers was born October 12, 1942, to Arie and Johanna (Wielard) Lanser, in Kellogg, Iowa.

Gladys attended Sully Christian Grade School, graduated from Pella Christian High School, and Marshalltown Community College.

On February 23, 1962, she was united in marriage to Russell Stravers at the Sully Christian Reformed Church. To this union they were blessed with five children: Jeffrey, Brenda, Lynnette, Gregory, and Philip. 

Throughout her career Gladys had many occupations: stay-at-home mom, custodian and served lunches at Sully Christian School, bank teller, and administrative assistant. Some of Gladys’s favorite hobbies were: traveling, reading, sewing, gardening and bird-watching.  Gladys loved spoiling her grandkids and she made sure there was always plenty to eat. 

Gladys was a member of Sully Christian Reformed Church where she ran sound for the church and Sounds of Praise.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband Russell Stravers, her parents Arie and Johanna Lanser, parents-in-law Gilbert and Jennie Stravers, brother Arvin Lanser, sister-in-law Marilyn Schuling, and brothers-in-law: Marvin Vande Voort and Marvin Meppelink.

Those left to cherish her memory are her children and their families:

Jeff and Jody Stravers, Sully

            Kelsie and Cody Johnson

                        Trace, Tyler, Cora, Harris

            Jacob and Halee Stravers

                        Wrangler Good

            Megan and Sam Wendt


            Bret Stravers

Brenda and Mark McKay, Attica

            Stephanie Clark and Kelby Evans

                        Dallas, Gavin, Beckham

            Alyssa McKay and Michael Stanley

Lynn Nichols, Des Moines

            Noah and Isabella Nichols

            Elijah Nichols

Greg and Marcy Stravers, Pella

            Justin and Ashley Stravers

            Colin and Kandace Stravers

            Ian Stravers

Phil and Amy Stravers, Pella

            Drew and Kara Stravers

            Clay and Tristen Stravers

            Emma Stravers

She is also survived by her sister Ilene Meppelink of Pella, Melvin (Wanda) Lanser of Lynnville, and sisters-in-law: Velma (Larry) Ouwenga of DeMotte, Indiana, and Sandra (Phil) Braziel of Waukee, Iowa.

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Visitation With Family Present
October 30, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Garden Chapel Funeral Home
1301 Main Street
Pella, IA 50219

Memorial Service
October 31, 2023

11:00 AM
Sully Christian Reformed Church
103 9th Ave
Sully, IA 50251

Private Committal

Sully Cemetery
12772-12798 County Road F62
Sully, IA 50251


Wesley Life Hospice - Pella
1742 Main St, Pella IA 50219

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
411 2nd St NW, Rochester MN 55901


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