Gladys Dorfler

Obituary of Gladys Dorfler

On March 14, 2020, Gladys Dorfler (a.k.a. Nana) passed away in Las Vegas, Nevada at the beginning of her centennial year, 100. Gladys was born at home in Brooklyn, New York during a blizzard on January 24, 1920. She was the fifth of six children born to Samuel and Gizzela Widder. Gladys was the last surviving sibling preceded by Beatrice, Stella, Irma, Herbert and Alan. Gladys met the love of her, and his, life, Irving Dorfler, when she was 13 years old and they were married on December 25, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York. Gladys graduated from Girl's High School in Brooklyn. She started as a legal secretary for her father and then had various jobs for the military during WWII. She then went on to work for Wallach's Haberdashery as an executive assistant in the Marketing Department. She was also a lifetime member of Hadassah and a Brownie leader in Queens, New York. Gladys was an avid traveler having taken many international trips with her husband, friends and her eldest sister Beatrice. The proud niece of suffragettes led to some very strong political views, and those close to her know what we're talking about. Gladys and Irving decided to retire to Las Vegas, Nevada in the 1980's. Her love of museums and books led her to volunteer at the Las Vegas Art Museum and a local library. Gladys made an impact on many people by telling it like it is, especially in her later years. Her mind was sharp as a tack through the end with a keen sense of humor. She would say, "some call the time after retirement the golden years, but they should call it the tin years because everything gets rusty!" She loved her family more than anything and was excited to witness the start of her 4th generation. She is survived by her children, Ronni, Seth and his wife Robin. Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren, Les and his son Penn, Erik, Geoffrey and his wife Jessica and daughter Hannah, and Samantha Gladys came into this world during a blizzard and left during a pandemic. Due to the current world circumstances we will be planning a life celebration to be announced at a later date. A graveside ceremony was held with immediate family at King David Cemetery in Las Vegas and arrangements made by Kraft-Sussman Funeral Services. If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers please make them in her memory to [Little Neck Jewish Center, Hadassah Southern Nevada, The Meadows School, or Surprise Lake Camp]. "I once had a heart" To my one and only – Gladys I once had a heart that was tender and true But now it has gone from me to you Take good care of it as I have done For now you have two and I have none If I go to heaven and you are not there I will know you have gone the other way I will give the angels back their wings and other things. Just to show what I would do I will go straight to H---, just for you You have all my love, Irving December 25th, 1986
Wednesday
18
March

Graveside Service

11:00 am
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Palm Valley View Cemetery
7600 S. Eastern Ave.
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Wednesday
18
March

Final Resting Place

11:00 am
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Palm Eastern
7600 S Eastern Ave
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
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