Gladys Walker

Mrs. Walker

Mrs. Gladys Walker, age 83, of Johnstown N.Y; passed Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Wells Nursing Home.

Gladys was born September 1, 1936 in Jersey City, NJ, the daughter of the late Thomas and Catherine Smeryczasky Madden. She lived in Johnstown for 47 years and worked in the Grandoe Gloves office until her retirement at age 72.

She enjoyed long walks, whether the streets of County Cork, or Kingsboro Ave., where she always saw the simple beauty in nature and the good in everyone she met.

Gladys was very active in the unionization and fair treatment of glove shop employees. She lobbied for the glove industry in Washington D.C., allowing her to rub elbows with senators.

She is survived by five children, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two sisters, one brother, and several nieces and nephews.

Gladys enjoyed organizing family reunions in the Catskill Irish country region, and time with family meant the most.

In addition to her parents, Gladys was predeceased by her sisters, Rosemary and Patricia.

Private burial will take place at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Gloversville.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Walrath & Stewart Funeral Home, Gloversville. Please visit the online memorial and sign the virtual guest registry to support the family at

By Josh Bovee

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