Gladyce Lillian Ruzek
March 8, 1929 – May 6, 2019
Gladyce Ruzek passed away on May 6, 2019 at the age of 90 due to complications from Alzheimer’s. Gladyce was born in Wisconsin and married her first husband Leo Falvey in 1949. Her daughter was born in 1950. Leo was killed in action in Korea in 1950. Gladyce married her second husband Joe Ruzek in 1953. She loved to garden and canned the produce. She helped in her husband’s service station as well. In 1962, they moved to Arizona and returned to Wisconsin in 1969 after their daughter’s wedding. Gladyce and Joe divorced and Gladyce returned to Phoenix to be close to her grandchildren. She worked from the age of 50 to 75 for U-Haul where she enjoyed her job in equipment recovery. Gladyce will be missed by many.
Gladyce is survived by her brother, George Mazanec, daughter Linda Mumford, son-in-law Bill Mumford, grandchildren Michael Mumford and Heather Turner, great grandchildren Dylan, John, Rajeane, Tresa, and Nathan; sister-in-law Gladys Mazanec and many loving nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Leo Falvey, husband Joe Ruzek, and brother Joe Mazanec.
A celebration of Gladyce’s life will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:00 pm at Lakeshore Mortuary, 1815 S Dobson Rd, Mesa, AZ. In lieu of flowers, those who so desire may make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association for Research at www.alz.org
- Celebration of Life Saturday, May 18, 2019
- Reception Saturday, May 18, 2019
Gladyce Lillian Ruzek
May 9, 2019
Sending our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. We are so sorry for your loss.
In reflecting on my fondest memories of Aunt Gladyce, it was definitively the Arizona trip Jeannie Rathsack and I took via bus at the age of 16. Your mom and dad were so welcoming and such great hosts! They went out of their way to make it a great vacation - touring and going to museums. After the trip, Aunt Gladyce had thoughtfully even put a photo book together for us as a remembrance. Feeling very grateful to have had this opportunity to know your mom.
Keeping you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.