Gladys Irene Von Dolteren (nee Lezniak)

Gladys Irene Von Dolteren (nee Lezniak), beloved and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at home in Elk Grove on July 18 after a brief hospital stay and hospice. Mrs. Von Dolteren was 94 and is survived by her son, David Edward Von Dolteren, grandchildren Sarah Christine, Matthew David, and Mark Kyle as well as one great grandson, Jackson Duel. She is preceded in her death by her husband, Charles Von Dolteren.

Mrs. Von Dolteren was born in Minneapolis, MN although her family relocated to Wisconsin Rapids, WI shortly after she was born. She spent her formative years there, graduating from Wisconsin Rapids and working at Eatmore Foods locally. In the late 1940's she joined the Women's Army Corp where she would be stationed at Ft. Myer VA and Ft. Meade MD--while at Ft. Meade she would eventually be promoted to PFC working as a secretary in the Office of the Chief of Staff in the Pentagon.

While serving in the Army, Mrs. Von Dolteren participated in softball and bowling and met her husband of 67 years, Charles Von Dolteren, at a dance--subsequently they married in March, 1950. She eventually retired from the military in favor of motherhood and the family moved several times throughout the US as Charles was frequently re-stationed. Mrs. Von Dolteren worked various civil service jobs for the government during this period, culminating in a job with the US Public Health Service in Colorado prior to moving to CA.

In 1965, the family moved to Elk Grove and shortly thereafter Mrs. Von Dolteren went to work in the Maintenance Division at the Sacramento Army Depot where she would work until her retirement in 1985. She always took pride in maintaining an immaculate home and welcoming guests, friends, and neighbors. The Von Dolterens were also  frequently observed walking their neighborhoods after retirement. Gladys also worked as a volunteer at Kaiser Permanente in South Sacramento for many years when her regular work career concluded. The Von Dolterens enjoyed their life in Elk Grove for the next 52 years.

Von and Gladys loved Dixieland Jazz and were annual attendees at the Sacramento Festival. The Von Dolterens also traveled extensively as long as their health permitted, taking various cruises and train trips to remote areas or to attend a jazz festival.

Mrs. Von Dolteren suffered from dementia in later years, but still welcomed visitors with boundless enthusiasm and a desire to insure they weren't bored, hungry, or thirsty. She also stayed alert into her 90's through word search puzzles, card games, and a nightly routine of  "Jeopardy/Wheel of Fortune". She made the family name recognizable for kindness, gentleness, and love for all she met.

A celebration of Mrs. Von Dolteren's life will be held on Friday, August 9 at 1pm at the Holiday Inn Express, 9175 W. Stockton Blvd., Elk Grove. Friends and neighbors   wishing to attend please RSVP to or call 662-372-0273 (Dave).

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