Gladys J. Rathbun Rice

Gladys J. Rathbun Rice

LITTLE FALLS – Gladys J. Rathbun Rice, 97, of 72 Church Street, Little Falls, passed away on Sunday evening, March 17, 2024, at Little Falls Hospital, following a brief illness.

Gladys was born on January 5, 1927, in Little Falls, the daughter of the late Karen Pedersen Johnson and Walter Johnson, and was a Graduate of Little Falls High School, ‘Class of 1945.’ She was later a Graduate of Excelsior School of Business and began her employment with Malone & Malone Law Office after all six of her children were enrolled in school. She retired from the law office in 1981 and thereafter worked on a part-time basis as a secretary for a family friend, Anthony Carlisto, of the Engineering firm of Ward Associates, Inc. She was a member of St. Paul’s Universalist Church.

Gladys and Bill Rathbun were married in St. Mary’s Rectory on September 18, 1948. They had been married for over 47 years when Bill passed away on February 29, 1996. She was later married to Theodore A. Rice. Ted passed away on January 24, 2007.

Gladys loved the out-of-doors and particularly enjoyed maintaining her property on Church Street, taking walks and reading. She also had a great fondness for the family camp at Pine Lake, in the Adirondacks.

Gladys was also predeceased by the eldest of her children, Billy, who died at the age of 23 in 1973, and her youngest child, Andy, who died in 1977 at the age of 17.

She is survived by her sons, Tom Rathbun, of Little Falls, Bruce Rathbun, of Spruce Lake and John Rathbun, of DeWitt, New York; and her ‘Best Friend’, her daughter, Karen Celio and her husband, Tom Celio, of Little Falls. Also surviving are her beloved 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Additional predeceased relatives include her sister, Greta Krupa; her brother, Herbert Johnson; and her beloved brother, John.

In keeping with Gladys’ wishes, Funeral Services will be private this week and held at the convenience of her family. Interment will be in Church Street Cemetery, on the Monroe Street division of the cemetery. She will be laid to rest by her husband Bill and her sons, Billy and Andy.

In lieu of floral offerings, please consider a donation in her honor to the Little Falls Public Library, 10 Waverly Pl., Little Falls, NY 13365

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Alpine Rehabilitation and Nursing and especially to the dedicated workers on the 3rd Floor at Little Falls Hospital for showing compassion and care to their Mom in her final hours.

All arrangements have been planned with the Enea Family Funeral Home, 24 West Monroe Street, in Little Falls, New York, Enea, Ciaccia & Applegate Funeral Directors (315) 823-2424.

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