Mary Ann Evans
Dr. Ellen Gleber
1949 - 2012. New York Times. Dr. Eileen Gleber (RPCV 1990-94) followed an unusual path to become a beloved healer who touched hundreds of lives through the West Marin Medical Center in Point Reyes Station, California.
Born on Christmas Eve of 1949 to John and Therese McGuire, Eileen was raised at a public housing project in the Bronx with her older brother, Ronald. Eileen decided to become a doctor after caring for her father, who died of lung cancer in 1968. Eileen's plans to attend medical school were delayed when she met her husband, Richard Gleber, and delivered their son, Erich, when she was nineteen. Until Erich finished college Eileen concentrated on raising her son. Eileen's need for independence led to an amicable separation and eventual divorce. However, Eileen and Richard remained close and their love endured. They remarried in 2009 and Richard was at her side throughout her long illness.
Eileen raised Erich in Rhode Island while working as a chemist for the Water Pollution Division of the Rhode Island Department of Health. Eileen believed that the multiple myeloma she contracted was caused by exposure to carcinogens while she supervised industrial cleanups.
Eileen resumed pursuing her own dreams after Erich graduated college. Before applying to medical school, she joined the Peace Corps, serving in the Dominican Republic. She also worked in Nepal and in an HIV clinic in New York City. Eileen chose Mayo Medical School because of Mayo Clinic's dedication to patient-centered medicine. Her first year of medical school was interrupted when Eileen returned home to care for her mother who succumbed to lung cancer in 1996. After graduating Eileen worked in several hospitals and clinics before meeting her mentor, Dr. Michael Whitt, who founded the West Marin Medical Center where Eileen came to work in 2008.
Eileen worked 24/7 and spent many nights sleeping at her clinic where she searched the internet and conducted research to find connections that could help her treat some of her difficult cases. Eileen was known for making late night house calls throughout the rural area she served. In addition to serving her patients, Eileen used house calls to examine their environments to understand the causes of their ailments and to find resources to draw on to help cure them. She was a brilliant diagnostician who often found causes, cures and alternative treatments overlooked by other physicians.
Eileen continued working during her illness and considered her cancer an opportunity to learn firsthand what her patients experienced.
Eileen departed quietly on the morning of August 1, 2012 at her home in Inverness, California. Her husband, son and brother attended her in her last days. She is also survived by two granddaughters and many other relatives, friends, co-workers and patients.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM, Saturday, September 15, 2012, at the Sacred Heart Church in Olema, California. In lieu of flowers please send gifts in Memory of Dr. Eileen Gleber to Mayo Medical School c/o Mayo Clinic Department of Development, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN, 55905.
Additional obit: http://westmarinmedicalcenter.com/gleber.html
Billie Lynn Nichols
Billie Lynn Nichols, age 80, of Spicer, died Sunday evening, July 28, at her home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, August 2, at Faith Lutheran Church in Spicer. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Thursday, August 1, at the Peterson Brothers Green Lake Funeral Home in Spicer (www.petersonbrothers.com) and 1/2 hour prior to the services at the church.
Billie Lynn Nichols was born on June 15, 1933 in Raymond, Minnesota to the late William and Leona (Johnson) Wegner. She grew up in Raymond and was baptized and confirmed at St. John's Lutheran Church. Billie graduated from Raymond High School in 1951 and moved to Minneapolis. While in Minneapolis she met Frank E. Scalzo. They were married in Raymond on August 15, 1954. Billie worked for Gedney and Frank was a professional chef in the Twin Cities area. In 1964, Billie moved back to Willmar with her four children. She began working for Great Northern Railroad as an office administrator where she met her second husband, Bernard "Nick" Nichols. They were married at the Little Brown Church in the Vale in May of 1968. They family moved to Spicer in 1969. Nick retired shortly before he passed away in the summer of 1978. In 1979, Billie sold her home and built her current home on adjacent property that she owned. In 1988, Billie took early retirement from the railroad in order to serve others. She traveled to Jamaica for the Peace Corps for two years and worked with the Young Mother\Baby Program. While in Jamaica she survived Hurricane Gilbert. In 1992, Billie did a second term with the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic. In 1993, she began working with Lutheran Social Service in St. Paul where she worked as an ESL teacher with the Southeast Asian Ministry. After returning home to Spicer, she started volunteering with the Foster Grandparent program in the New London-Spicer school system, which she did for several years. Billie enjoyed anything outdoors including bird watching. She also enjoyed needlework, continuously making clothes and blankets for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her gardening talents will be missed, but her love for cooking for her family will be our fondest memory. She loved having her grandchildren and great-grandchildren come to spend time with her. Billie also instilled a love for animals.
She will be remembered and missed greatly by three sons: Bill (and Lynne) Scalzo of Duluth, Rick Scalzo of Spicer, and Joel (and Ann) Scalzo of Plymouth; daughter, Frankie Scalzo of Clearbrook; grandchildren, Sara (and Dave) Rapp, Anthony Scalzo, Zachary Scalzo, Stephen Scalzo (and Kelly Yaeger), Michael Scalzo and Daniel Scalzo; great-grandchildren, Nataleh and Addyson Rapp and a great granddaughter due in August; and her sister, Donna Dee Rambow. Billie will also be missed by Nick's surviving children, Gary (and Maureen) Nichols, Brad Nichols, and Kathy (and Mike) Baker.
Susan K. Robinson (1992-94)
Susan Karen Robinson, 71, went to her eternal home on August 7, 2013. Born on July 29, 1942, in Garretson, South Dakota, Susan was a beautiful and vivacious woman who loved the Lord, books, travel, movies, and teaching. As a popular and gifted ESL teacher, “Maestra” made it her life’s work to help immigrants learn English and gain their citizenship. She cherished her time in the Peace Corps serving villagers of the Dominican Republic, and considered her visit to China a highlight of her life.
Susan is survived by her children, Christine Ann Silano, Michele Marie Allen, and Peter Frank Cornelius Fenderson; her grandchildren Sophie Michele Matto, Benjamin Anthony Griffith, Dante Alfredo Silano, Carmine Matteo Silano, Tanner Jordan Fenderson, and Brichele Diane Allen; and her great-grandchildren, Ethan James Matto, and Aurora Oceana Matto.
Arrangements are under the direction of Nelson-Berna Funeral Home & Memorial Crematory, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Gerda Van Rooyen