First Posted: 2/26/2012
Gladys Rodda Parente Kaufman, 94, of Pittston, died February 20, 2012, in Wesley Village after a period of declining health.
Born October 8, 1917, in Perth Amboy, N.J., she was a daughter of Charlotte (Young) Rodda and George Foster Rodda. She grew up in Hazleton, and graduated from Hazleton High School in 1935. She married John J. Parente in 1940. Together they lived in Arizona, Maine, and then returned to Hazleton, where she worked for Deisroth's Department Store while John was in Veterinary School. They settled in Wilkes-Barre, where she lived most of her life, working as a loving wife, mother and office manager for John's veterinary practice until his death in 1976. In 1987, she married David J. Kaufman, who survives, with whom she shared a second loving marriage for the past 25 years. Gladys loved nothing more than being with her girls, her six grandchildren, step-granddaughter and eight great-grandchildren. Her hobbies included baking and knitting. She knitted a personalized Christmas stocking for every member of her immediate family, even anticipated spouses-to-be. Gladys was a life member of the Wyoming Valley Woman's Club and an active member of First Presbyterian Church, Wilkes-Barre.
She was predeceased by her sister, Effie (Rodda) Hill; and her brother, Arthur Rodda.
Also surviving are her daughters, Mary Louise (Parente) Labows and her husband, John, Horsham, and Barbara (Parente) Shue and her husband, David, Staunton, Va.; as well as step-daughters Dawn (Kaufman) DeLong and her husband, Gene, and Jill (Kaufman) Lichty and her husband, Gary. She is also survived by her lifelong best friend, Valma Krapf.
A funeral service was held Feb. 25 in First Presbyterian Church, Wilkes-Barre. Interment Mountain View Cemetery, West Hazleton.
Memorial donations may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Wilkes-Barre, or Wesley Village, 209 Roberts Road, Pittston, 18640. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jacobs Funeral Service, Wilkes-Barre. To leave an online, condolence visit www.jacobsfuneralservice.com.