Glecker, Margaret "Shorty"

Written by David Green.

Margaret “Shorty” Gleckler, 80, of Lyons, Ohio, died Dec. 28, 2010, at the Lenawee Medical Care Facility in Adrian, Mich.

She was born Jan. 9, 1930, in Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Joseph and Vera (Volway) Tobin. On Aug. 4, 1951, in Assumption, Ohio, she married Dale Gleckler and he survives.

 Shorty has lived in Lyons since 1951, moving from Alvordton, Ohio, from where she graduated from high school.  Shorty was a bus driver for the Evergreen School District and retired on April 1, 1992, after 22 years of service. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima near Lyons until it closed and then she transferred her membership to St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon, Ohio.  Shorty loved kids and volunteered to drive bus to every sporting event that she could.

Besides her husband, Shorty is survived by three sons, Kim (and Linda) Gleckler of Lyons, Ohio, Kip (and Jo) Gleckler of Clear Lake, Ind., and Kelly (and Andrea) Gleckler of Lyons; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four sisters, Jane Riblett of Plymouth, Mich., Patsy Taylor of Clear Lake, Joanne Whetro of Alvordton, Ohio, and Susan Bany of Bryan, Ohio.

Shorty was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, Madeline Sentle, Merlene Creek and Carol Figgins. 

Funeral services are planned at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, at St. Caspar Catholic Church in Wauseon, with Fr. Edward Schleter officiating. Burial will follow at Lyons Cemetery in Lyons, Ohio.  Visitation is scheduled from 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with a scripture service at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Lenawee Medical Care Facility Activity Fund, Lyons-Royalton Twp. Fire Dept., or a charity of the donor’s choice.

  • Girls.on.ride
    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
  • Front.softball
    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
  • Front.art.park
    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
  • Front.train
    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
  • Front.winner
    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.

Weekly newspaper serving SE Michigan and NW Ohio - State Line Observer ©2006-2016