Gladys E. Breiter, 89 of Eau Claire passed away on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire.

Gladys was born on August 25, 1927 to Pastor Ruben and Lillian (Walstrom) Johnson in Stockton, California. She was baptized in March of 1928 and confirmed on May 7, 1944 by her father. Gladys graduated from Weatherway Senior High School in Aberdeen, Washington in June of 1947. After high school, she was employed at Bethany Christian Home in Turlock, California. She married Donald E. Breiter in Turlock, California on August 11, 1973 and together they moved to Don’s hometown of Eau Claire. Gladys was a member of Evangelical Covenant Church in Eau Claire until its closing. Later, she became a member of Wesleyan Church where she also taught Sunday school. Gladys will be remembered for her smile and gentle disposition. She will also be remembered for her special raspberry bars that she would make with her husband and bring to church and family gatherings.

Gladys is survived by her cousins and their families in California and Mississippi; her sister-in-laws, Arlene (Mike) Lee, LaRayne Whitwam, and Diane (Don) Johnson; brother-in-law, Bob Harriman; and many nieces and nephews.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband of 38 years, Don Breiter; sister, Pearl; sister-in-laws, Audrey Harriman and Nancy Kitelinger; and brother-in-law, Kenneth Whitwam; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family would like to thank Dove Healthcare-West for their excellent care.

Funeral services will be Thursday, October 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm at Wesleyan Church with Pastor Mark Nordtvedt officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the church on Thursday. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery.


  1. Gladys is finally home with Don. My greatest memory of Gladys is when she used to sing for Don on Wednesdays when singing Mary was here at the Rutledge. She would sing “In the Garden” for him. Was never a dry eye in the house. Every time I hear that song I think of the two of them and how much he loved her. I bet he welcomed her home with open arms!

  2. Sending my love and prayers to you all – She always had a smile and loved music. It was a blessing to sing with her at Dove and I will never forget her 50th anniversary and the fun we had.

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