Gladys E. Trosper 1927-2013

AKRON – Gladys Evelyn Trosper, 86, died peacefully on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, at Rockynol Retirement Community with her family by her side.

She was born on Oct. 11, 1927, in Cortland, the daughter of Ruby Marie Cozad and Thomas Boone Elston.

A longtime Kinsman resident, Gladys moved to Akron in 2007 to be near her family.

Valedictorian of her 1945 graduating class of Johnston High School, she attended Miami University for two years, received a scholarship from State Library of Ohio and graduated from Marshall University in 1978.

On Sept. 3, 1948, she married Leland Eugene Trosper.

Gladys served in the U.S. Navy as a WAVE Reserve from 1950 until 1954.

She was a secretary for the former Glauber Brass Manufacturing Co. of Kinsman, served as a librarian at Kinsman Free Public Library for 19 years, and was the librarian / secretary for Trumbull County Children Services in Warren for six years, retiring in 1987.

Gladys was a member of the Kinsman United Methodist Church for more than 55 years and an 81-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

She enjoyed reading, doing family genealogy, traveling, camping and spending time with friends and neighbors. Her husband, her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of her life.

Survivors include a son, Greig A. (Sally) Trosper of Plano, Texas; two daughters, Tonnie Lee (Dana) Spratt of Burlington, Mass., and Barbara T. Wright of Akron; seven grandchildren, Kelly, Meghan, Tonnie, Rebecca, Trevor, Ryan and Shane; and four great-grandchildren, Tyler, Ashley, Caitlin and Ayden.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 64 years and love of her life, Leland E. Trosper; and a brother, Roger E. Elston.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Baumgardner Funeral and Cremation Service, 8569 Main St., Kinsman, with the Rev. David McKinnon officiating.

Burial will follow in Kinsman Cemetery. Calling hours will be from noon until the service at 1 p.m. Saturday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Friends of the Kinsman Public Library, P.O. Box 36, Kinsman, OH 44428; the Kinsman Methodist Church, P.O. Box 218, Kinsman, OH 44428; or Senior Independence Hospice, 1815 W. Market St., Suite 303, Akron, OH 44313.

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