Gladys L. Canick nee Sorensen, age 94, of Bloomingdale, formerly of River Forest

Written by Brust Funeral Home on May 23rd, 2017



Gladys L. Canick nee Sorensen, age 94, of Bloomingdale, formerly of River Forest passed away May 22, 2017.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 27th from 10 AM until time of service at 11 AM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard. Interment will follow at Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst.

Mrs. Canick is survived by her loving daughter-in-law, Katherine Canick of Elmhurst; her cherished grandchildren, Kristin (Fiance Pete Fitzgerald) Wilderman of Plainfield, Robert C. (Dora) of Bloomingdale, and Jennifer K.(Dan) Gould of Bourbonnais, IL; her dear great-grandchildren, Katherine of Elk Grove, Alyssa of Iowa, Jonathon of Plainfield, Nicolas of Bloomingdale, Alexis of Bloomingdale, Milana of Bloomingdale, Kyle of Bourbonnais and Cameron of Bourbonnais, IL; and her dear sister, Joan Cochrane of Northfield, IL; many other relatives.

Mrs. Canick is preceded in death by her husband, Robert E.; her son Robert J.; and 10 brothers and sisters.

Mrs. Canick was a longtime resident of River Forest. She was an Executive Secretary for the law offices of Coca Cola and for Avery Brundage. Mrs. Canick enjoyed traveling to Denmark and loved music.

Written by Kathy Canick:

We all have our own story….how someone else would tell it would be very different from how we would tell our own. I won’t try to Gladys’ story, but she was a part of mine.

Family…. should be Gladys’ legacy of her life. I always thought the Sorensen family was very special which speaks to the twelve brothers and sisters who started the tradition of celebrating Christmas Eve together and sharing summer picnics.  There was no need for “family reunions” as this family always knew they were united.  The first cousins have continued these traditions though Christmas Eve is gratefully celebrated earlier in the evening and the location of the picnics has moved from the park in Lombard to the backyard of the Palm’s home! There is the next generation of cousins who share the love of family and the connection to the past and present. Believe it or not, the next of the next generation of cousins is a part of these celebrations, too! Family….how proud Gladys should have been of Bob’s and my family. Kristin (Pete Fitzgerald to soon join the family), Rob and Dora, and Jennifer and Dan. And, Katie, Alyssa, Jon, Nicolas, Alexis, Milana, Kyle and Cameron her great-grandchildren.She should be proud of their integrity, responsibility, love of their families and strong family values…and happiness. This is what we all wish for our families and their futures. This what I hope made her most proud!!!

Here are some fun memories of Gladys….

Gram playing sword fights in her living room with Rob when he was 4 and 5.

Playing the card game War with the grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Somehow, the grandkids always won and walked away with winnings in their pockets.

In 1978, she took Kris to Spain, Portugal, and Morocco.

Picture Kris sitting on the camel and Gladys holding the reins of the camel.

As little kids, Kris, Rob, and Jeni all endured three hour lunches which they tolerated very well….. considering.  Jeni remembers if she got restless, Gram would order her another “kiddie cocktail”.

How pleased she was of Dan’s love of literature.  She was happy to give him her autographed set of books she had collected.

Grandfather and Grandmother taking Kristin and Robbie to Kiddieland in Melrose Park.

How happy she was to meet Kyle and Cameron as newborns.

A special treat was a hot dog from Johnny’s on North Ave. In Elmwood Park.

Gladys loved to share stories of her childhood.

Her story of walking with her brother John when “oops” she fell through a grating in the sidewalk.  She said she hung on with her “little five year old fingers” until John came back and said, “oh, there you are.”

Or, the story of the clown costume for Halloween when Lois thought the costume she got was ugly.  Gladys said Lois threw a tantrum.  But, Gladys didn’t make a sound and she was rewarded with the pretty costume.

All families share some bumps and bruises along the way, but we hope we are loved and remembered kindly!

Memorials to Butterfield Youth Services, P.O. Box 333, Marshall, MO 65340-9989, are appreciated.

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  1. Pat Peterson says:

    The Peterson Clan wants to extend our condolences to the entire family of Gladys. She was one classy lady!

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