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Miriam Kay Gleim

Miriam Kay Gleim, 88 of Grand Ridge passed away Saturday evening (February 22, 2020) at the Pleasant View Luther Home, Ottawa.

Private family services will be held with burial in the Grand Rapids Cemetery.  The Grand Ridge Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.

Miriam was born on August 30, 1931 in Ottawa to Mervin and Myra (Graff) Arentsen.  She married John D. Gleim on June 23, 1957.  He survives.

Also surviving are daughters Kari (Steven Carrier) Kirk of Saylorsburg, PA and Kristi (Lori McCollum) Gleim of Normal, grandchildren Kelsey Kirk and Ian (Jenna) Kirk and 1 great –grandchild Revyn Kirk.

She is preceded in death by her parents and a sister Karen Kerns.

Miriam graduated from the Ottawa Township High School in 1949 and graduated from the college of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois.  She retired as Librarian and Language Arts Teacher at Grand Ridge Grade School and previously taught Spanish and French at the Arcola, Princeton and Streator High Schools.  Miriam was a member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donors choice.

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May God Bless all of you due to the loss of your wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Miriam was a kind and well respected lady, you have my deepest condolences.

Jeanette Walter Feb 28 2020 12:00 AM

Kristi, I am so sorry for your loss. Pam Reh

Pam Reh Feb 25 2020 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss. She was a wonderful lady.

Kathy Zachary Feb 25 2020 12:00 AM

I remember Miriam from her days as a volunteer for the Historical Society. A nicer person and a more dedicated volunteer could not be found. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Sue Martyn Feb 24 2020 12:00 AM

My sympathies to the family. I remember Mrs. Gleim from Grand Ridge grade school and St. Paul's. I really liked her.

Mary Ann Johnson Feb 24 2020 12:00 AM

My sincere sympathy to John,Kari and Kristie and Lori. Your Mom was the sweetest person and is certainly going to be missed by all. God only takes the best.

Carolyn Erler Feb 23 2020 12:00 AM