Gwendolyn Louise Glasser
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Gwendolyn Louise Glasser
  • September 14, 1930 - January 19, 2018
  • Richmond, Virginia

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GLASSER, Gwendolyn Louise, Gwen left this world after a mercifully short battle with cancer. Remaining at home allowed her family to be with her throughout, talking with her and holding her hands until the end. Born in Donora, Pa., on September 14, 1930, Gwendolyn Louise Helen Chiprich attended local schools and the University of Pittsburgh. She married William "Bill (or as she often called him, 'Skip')" Glasser in 1950. During their 67 years of marriage, their peripatetic life took them to Baltimore, Md., Philadelphia, Pa., Pittsburgh, Pa., Syracuse, N.Y., Richmond, Va. and Atlanta, Ga., before returning to Richmond, Va., for their retirement. Despite all the moving, she recently confided that Donora, her place of birth, remained her most cherished place to live. Once retired in Richmond, Gwen joined the Hermitage Country Club and then the Richmond Country Club, so she could pursue her avid interest in golf, which she shared with her husband. She also reconnected with her favorite Bridge club to rejoin friends she first started playing with 30 years earlier. She was an active volunteer at several community service organizations such as Meals on Wheels and at election polling stations. She once worked extensively for the Friends of 23 (the local PBS station) in fund raising, where she got the group incorporated and was elected the first president of the organization. She used her crafting skills to provide knitted articles to those in need through the From the Heart organization and shared her exceptional administrative talents to help coordinate programming and activities for the Saints and Sinners group at St. Bridget Catholic Church and the women's TriClub organization. In the words of her granddaughter Rachel, Gwen was "a strong, smart, creative, and poised woman who [had] an unwavering love for her children and family." The family mourning her includes her husband, Bill; her children, Marsha Rehkamp and husband, Tom, and Mark, Susan and Scott; her grandchildren, Jennifer Rehkamp, Rachel Kupillas and husband, Kevin, and Eli Glasser; great-grandchildren, Conrad and Mila Kupillas, and Quinn Thompson; several intimate family friends including Brian Thompson, Frank McWeeny and Marian Tress; and numerous nieces and nephews scattered around the country. A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Bridget Catholic Church, 6006 Three Chopt Rd., Richmond, Va. 23226, on Saturday, February 3, at 11 a.m., followed by a brief reception from 12 to 1 p.m., in the Church Commons. The interment of ashes will be a private family service. Following a brief period of mourning, the family would like to invite Gwen's friends to a celebration of her life. If you would like details of this celebration, please contact sglasser@swg.net. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a contribution to the angels at Bon Secours Hospice Foundation who supported Gwen so graciously in her last days. Condolences may be offered at woodyfuneralhomeparham.com.