Annie “Ann” V. Gliddon

By on August 27, 2010

Annie “Ann” V. Gliddon, 92, of Sugar Grove, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010, at The Tillers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oswego.

She was born April 5, 1918, in Elburn, the daughter of Earl and Gracie (Galiger) Wilkison.

Ann grew up in Elburn and attended local schools. During high school, Ann worked for Jane Nash in the hotel/restaurant in downtown Elburn. She graduated from Elburn High School in 1936. Following graduation, she worked as a waitress at The Farm.

Ann was united in marriage to Fred E. Goetz on Aug. 23, 1940, in the parsonage of the West Chicago Congregational Church. They welcomed a daughter, Ethel, two years later, and made their home in Elburn until 1968, when they moved to Sugar Grove.

Following Fred’s passing on Aug. 23, 1991, love favored her again when she was married to Almer T. Gliddon in Carrie’s Parlor at the Community Congregational Church of Elburn on Jan. 15, 1994. Sugar Grove continued to be her home with Almer and was where they enjoyed 15 years of love and memories until he passed away on Oct. 3, 2009.

While raising her daughter, Ann also worked at a tailoring factory for a time, as well as Burgess Norton during WWII. She returned to waitressing at the Fisher Cafe in Elburn for many years before turning to bookkeeping for her husband when they purchased from his dad the Elburn Hardware, Plumbing and Heating in 1954. After the business was sold 14 years later, Ann worked for the Henry Pratt Company. She retired 16 years later in 1985.

Ann was a lifetime member and Sunday school teacher for 10 years at the Community Congregational Church of Elburn and was a member of the Royal Neighbors of America. She was a 50-year member and past chaplain of the Elburn American Legion Auxiliary, Post No. 630, where she compiled a book of prayers that was dedicated to her sister Grace and won honors when it was submitted to a regional competition. In later years, Ann volunteered at Provena Mercy Center Hospital from 1990-94. During that same time, she was a member and past Treasurer of the Women of the Moose in Aurora, Chapter No. 83.

Ann loved her family and spent as much time as she could with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She never slowed down and filled her time with many activities and memberships but was at her best in the kitchen making mouth watering cookies, toffee, peanut brittle, pies and angel food cakes. Out of the kitchen, her hands kept busy sewing and crocheting, and any time left over was given to reading her favorite books.

She is survived by her daughter, Ethel (Bill) Cole of Manteno, Ill.; two step-children, Mary (Ken) Gustafson of Elburn and Steve Gliddon of Elburn; one granddaughter, Jacklyn (Bruce) Campbell and their children, Logan and Timothy of Yorkville; four step-grandchildren, Diana (Howard) Bentley and their children, Erica and Elizabeth of Concord, N.C., Tom Cole of Salisbury, N.C., Eric Gustafson of Geneva, and Jon Gustafson, of Geneva; and one sister-in-law, Lillian Windisch of Mountain Home, Ark.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Gracie; husbands, Fred Goetz and Almer Gliddon; seven siblings, Edwin Wilkison, Ray Wilkison, Cora Lee, Earl Wilkison, Jane Willis, Grace Kintz and Hattie Windisch; and two sisters-in-law, Marion Wright and Mable Simpson.

Visitation was Monday, at Community Congregational Church of Elburn, with a service following that evening. The Rev. Michelle Prentice-Leslie, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed Tuesday morning at Blackberry Township Cemetery, Elburn.

A memorial has been established in her name to benefit Sugar Grove Public Library, Sugar Grove Fire Protection District, the Elburn Lions Club, the Elburn Community Congregational Church and the American Legion Auxiliary Post 630 of Elburn. Checks may be made to the “Ann Gliddon Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, 60119. Tributes may also be forwarded to the same address or online at, where you can also find Ann’s full life story.