Karen Gladding

Ileen Gladding

Monday, March 27th, 1961 Sunday, September 22nd, 2019

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Obituary for Ileen Gladding

Gladding, Ileen –
A fighter until the very end, Ileen Gladding passed away Sunday September 22nd, 2019, surrounded by love at Hospice Wellington in Guelph. Ileen was a loving and dedicated mother to Lindsay Gladding, Adam (Ly Chhun) Gladding and Bethany (Rob) Beech. She found immense love and joy in her position as Grana to her five grandchildren, William, Charlotte, George, Lilian and Theodore. Ileen was the beloved daughter of John and Patricia (Carroll) Zegers, and the dear sister of Sharon, Connie and David.

Ileen was a caregiver at heart, with a generous spirit. She was always concerned about the well being of others, ready with a cup of hot tea, notes of encouragement or homemade cupcakes. Ileen was never one to shy away from a challenge and could often be found juggling multiple jobs, continuing education and medical treatments, while somehow squeezing in time for friends and to sing with the Grand Philharmonic Choir.

As a nurse for 25 years Ileen touched the lives of countless people; from her early days caring for the elderly, to supporting mothers through childbirth, to educating and inspiring excellence as an educator and change specialist. She was especially proud of completing her Masters of Nursing degree and of her leadership and contribution to her organizations attainment of Baby Friendly Initiative designation. She will be greatly missed by her friends and colleagues at Grand River Hospital and Trillium Health Partners.

Private cremation has taken place. The family will receive their friends at the Gilbert MacIntyre and Son Funeral Home, Hart Chapel, 1099 Gordon St., Guelph on Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 1-2 p.m. A celebration of Ileen's life will be held in the chapel at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow in the funeral home Fellowship Lounge. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Grand Philharmonic Choir or to World Vision Canada (Raw Hope Program) would be appreciated. Donation cards are available at the funeral home (519-821-5077) or online at

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, September 29th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Hart Chapel
    1099 Gordon St
    Guelph, Ontario
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    Sunday, September 29th, 2019
    1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Celebration of Life

    Sunday, September 29th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Hart Chapel
    1099 Gordon St
    Guelph, Ontario
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Sunday, September 29th, 2019
    The Rev. Canon Ralph Blackman
  • Interment

    Fingal Cemetery
    36244 County Rd 16
    St. Thomas, Ontario
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Ron Langer

Adam, Chunn, Charlotte, George and Theodore, you have our deepest sympathy for the loss of Ileen, devoted mother, mother-in-law and grandma. Although we didn’t know Ileen, it is clear that she was an extremely accomplished woman who cared deeply about her family, profession and the communities that she loved. The grieving process will be long and difficult but Ileen’s great legacy will help you to celebrate her life forever. Sending you our thoughts and love. Sophorn (Pon) and Ron Langer

Comment | Posted at 06:50pm via Condolence

Midwives of Mississauga

Deepest condolences to Ileen’s family. Ileen was such a warm and wonderful teacher, leader and nurse and an even more wonderful person. She will be missed.
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Midwives of Mississauga

Sending much love to Ileen’s family from her colleagues at Midwives of Mississauga
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Margaret and Dwight Reid from St. Thomas

Our condolences.
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Amy Blake

Ileen had a big heart. She certainly demonstrated resilience. I knew her for a short-time and was touched by her strength and love for her family.
My heart goes out to Ileen's family - I know she'll be greatly missed.
Comment | Posted at 10:53am via Condolence

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