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Glenous Amelia Absmeier

November 11, 1919 - June 25, 2014

Glenous Amelia Absmeier, born Glenus Kreisler, age 94 1/2, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Woodland Hills Hospital, Woodland Hills, CA with her son John and grandson John at her side.

She was born in College View, Nebraska on November 11. 1919, the daughter of Ruben and Oma (Harper) Kreisler. G…read more

Glenous Amelia Absmeier, born Glenus Kreisler, age 94 1/2, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Woodland Hills Hospital, Woodland Hills, CA with her son John and grandson John at her side.

She was born in College View, Nebraska on November 11. 1919, the daughter of Ruben and Oma (Harper) Kreisler. Glenous moved to California at an early age and was lovingly raised by her Aunt and Uncle, Sadie (Kreisler) and Earl Latz. Glenous graduated from John C. Fremont High School, Los Angeles in 1937 and later attended some college. On March 12, 1938, she married her life partner of 59 years, John C. Absmeier, who preceded her in death in 1998. They were married 3 times ñ once by a Justice of the Peace, once in a Catholic Church and once in a Lutheran Church.

Glenousí work career began at the age of 17 as the youngest office manager for J.J. Newberry, followed by a position with Charleston Department Store as an assistant buyer. She then began 26 years with the Hostess Division of ITT Continental Baking Company where she was the first woman manager of public relations, consumer affairs and quality assurance.

Over her lifetime, she received many awards and recognitions including: ITT Ring of Quality; Merit Award ñ American Women in Radio & Television; California Council Womenís Architectural League, Caryatid Award (1978); Citizen of the Year – Salvation Army, Burbank Corp; R. Eric P. Allan Citizen of the Year ñ PVP Chamber & Rotary Club of Palos Verdes (2005); Community Grand Marshal of the Peninsula Holiday Parade (2005); Assistance League Ann Banning Award (2005); Affinity Group ñ Legend in Our Times (2008); Palos Verdes Art Center Volunteer Service Award (2008); and Community Leader Recognition Award ñ Palos Verdes Peninsula Lionís Club (2010).

She served on the boards of: Assistance League of San Pedro-SouthBay; PVP Coordinating Council; PVP Chamber of Commerce; Palos Verdes Art Centerís Concours dí Elegance, chair of the 100 Club & team member; Friends of the Library; Volunteer Center; South Coast Botanical Gardens Docents; Los Angeles Beautiful Program (16 years, chaired countywide Student Beautification Program; life member); and Southern California Culinary Historians; and PVP Land Conservancyís Community Campaign Advisory Board.

Glenous provided her leadership skills by serving as President of many organizations including: Palos Verdes Art Centerís Associates; Volunteer Centerís Affinity Group (support group for the Operation Teddy Bear Program ñ founding President); Holy Trinity Married Couples Club (even though not Catholic & widowed, at the time); National Association of University Dames, USC Chapter (recipient of PHT Award); Womenís Architectural League, Southern California & Cabrillo Chapters; California Council Womenís Architectural League; and as a girl, Alpha Theta Rho Girlsí Club 12 (Junior Rebekahs).

She was an active member of all of the preceding groups, as well as the following: Toberman Neighborhood House Auxiliary, Palos Verdes Art Center & Circle support groups, PVP & San Pedro Chambers of Commerce, American Women in Radio & Television (spearheaded first Rape Awareness Day in 1970), USC Town & Gown, Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals, Electrical Womenís Roundtable, the Weavers Group, and an honorary member of Palos Verdes Lionís Club and the American Institute of Architects.

In addition, Glenous was involved in numerous community activities including: LA Mayorís Community Advisory Committee, Co-Chair of Miraleste Library Advisory Committee of Palos Verdes Library District

Mary Mount Steering Committee, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Certified member of CERT ñ PV Citizens Emergency Response Team, and the Peninsula Music Fair

Glenous and John traveled to 7 continents; including trips to Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Ecuador, Cancun, British Antarctica Territory, Alaska, Mexico, Guatemala, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Brussels, Monoco, Belgium, Cuba, Costa Rico, Thailand, Bangkok, Laos, Burma, Cambodia, Tokyo, France, Germany, Austria, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Belize, Nepal, India, Kenya, Nairobi, Egypt, and Borneo.

Glenous greatly enjoyed playing cards, especially bridge; taking care of her garden (including the orchids and orchard); hosting and attending parties; attending USC football games (season ticket holder since 1947); and helping others. She had a special pair of sunglasses and/or a hat for every occasion and knew how to enjoy life to the fullest. She often said that the secret to her longevity was ìinexpensive white wineî, but her kindly, generous heart and amazing spirit probably had something to do with it.

Glenous is survived by sons John and James (Marie) and daughter Janis Stevens; grandchildren Brenda, John, Michael, Erin, Jeff, Jimmy, Deena, Samantha, Gina, Kelly, and Christopher; 12 great grandchildren and 6 great-great grandchildren, plus one on the way.

She was preceded in death by husband John; her parents Ruben and Oma; and her Aunt and Uncle, Sadie and Earl Latz.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, August 6th at Los Verdes Golf Club, 7000 W. Los Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes with family greeting time from 1pm ñ 2:00pm and a program from 2:00pm ñ 3:00pm. Bright, casual clothing is encouraged. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Volunteer Center-South Bay/Long Beach Affinity Group (Operation Teddy Bear Project), the Toberman Neighborhood Center, or your favorite charity. The family is being assisted by A.M. Gamby Mortuary, 25001 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita.

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