Iris R. Glidden, 90

Iris Rammel Glidden (Olsen), 90, of Appleton, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008.

She resided at 1001 S. Oneida St., Appleton.

Iris was born in Winchester on Dec. 4, 1917, the daughter of the late Oscar W. and Violet (Rammel) Olsen, and raised in Iron Mountain, Mich.

On April 16, 1938, she married John Moulton Glidden in Bessemer, Mich.

Iris was graduated from Iron Mountain High School in 1935. She attended Northland College in Ashland, class of 1939. She received her B.A. degree cum laude in 1962. Iris received her M.A. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1971.

Iris raised her family in Iron Mountain where she was involved with the area’s Women’s Club, the League of Women Voters, the Drawing Room Club, and the PTA.

She was an elementary school teacher in Hermansville, Mich. from 1958 through 1960.

Iris and her husband moved to Big Cedar Lake in the town of West Bend, between West Bend and Slinger, in 1960.

In 1962, she joined the West Bend High School Library System as a librarian. From 1970 through 1982, she was the director of library and media services of the West Bend School District.

Following her retirement, Iris was an independent consultant and cataloguer for the West Bend libraries until her second retirement in 1992.

Iris was the representative of the West Bend schools on that city’s library board and on the Library Council of Metropolitan Wisconsin. She was a member of the Wisconsin Association of School Librarians, its president from 1972 through 1973, and was designated its "School Librarian of the Year" in 1975.

She was a member of the American Library Association and was elected to Delta Kappa Gamma.

In the community, she was a member of A.A.U.W., serving as an officer on the board, and as education representative to the state board. She was also a member of a literary study club, The Bookers.

Iris moved to Appleton in 1987, where she was a committed member of the Wednesday Club of All Saints Episcopal Church, and Riverview Country Club.

Iris is survived by her children, Bonnie Jane (Robert) Buchanan of Appleton and their children, S. Gustavus (Kara) Buchanan, Philip (Wendy) Buchanan and Emily (Michael) Lehto; Janice Mary (Patrick) Scanlon of Horseheads, N.Y. and their children, Sean (Renee) Scanlon, Joshua (fiancˇe, Naomi Ostrander) Scanlon and Meghan Scanlon; Marcia Ann (Thomas) Parker of Stevens Point and their children, Molly (James Emery) Parker, Reed (Jennifer) Parker, Ellen (Eric) Bliske and Zachariah (fiancˇe, Jaimie Hoobler) Parker; and Moses (Dinah Owens) Glidden of Prescott, Ariz., and their children, Zara, Johan and Glory Glidden, and Moses’ son, Matthew Woods Glidden of Boston, Mass.

Iris is further survived by 15 great-grandchildren, Gwyneth and Iris Buchanan; Zoey Buchanan; Sydney and Robert Lehto; Ireland, Aela and Finnian Scanlon; Maggie and Halsey Emery; Tiffany and Douglas Bowman; and Karen, Parker and Dean Bliske. She is also survived by a cousin, Barbara Johnson of Mukwonago.

She was preceded in death by her husband John "Jack" Moulton Glidden on Feb. 22, 1972; her sister, Dolores B. Olsen in 1933; her parents, Oscar W. Olsen in 1944 and Violet R. Olsen Bessey in 1976; her uncle, Herbert Rammel in 1962; and her cousin, Connie Schultz Roberts in 1992.

Iris relished living this life she was given and the activities she chose to pursue. She celebrated her Norwegian heritage, and enjoyed playing golf and gardening. She loved to travel to distant places as much as she liked to camp in a tent in the woods; she kept her sleeping bag in the trunk of her car.

She spent evenings basking in the warmth of her fireplace with her cat, J.J.

Iris treasured books; she was a voracious reader across all disciplines, and a vehement defender of intellectual freedom for schools and libraries.

Most of all, she treasured friendship; she had a gift for approaching people, for engaging them, and for loving them. She was loved in return. She was a magnificent woman.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Sunday at All Saints Episcopal Church, 100 N. Drew St., on the corner of College Avenue and Drew Street, Appleton, with the Rev. Patrick Twomey officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Iris’ name may be made to: Friends of Appleton Library Foundation (FOAL), 225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI 54911.

Assisting the family is the Wichmann Funeral Home, 537 N. Superior St., Appleton, 920-739-1231.

Online condolences, www.wichmannfargo.com.