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Gladys Kozora, 91, of Lady’s Island, and formerly of Wellsville Ohio, widow of Julius “Steve” Kozora, died Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at her residence.

Gladys was born January 2, 1929 in Two Rivers, Wisconsin and was a daughter of the late Armidas and Emma Zimmerhakel Trottier.
She was a graduate of Holy Family High School, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, a Geneva College graduate Beaver, PA and a United States Navy veteran during the Korean War where she was stationed at Great Lakes, IL.

Gladys married Julius “Steve” Kozora October 23, 1954. They then moved to Wellsville, OH. Here she raised a daughter while working outside the home in the teaching field. Her love of teaching earned her a nomination of Teacher of the Year and twice was a Kent State Jenning’s award recipient. She was a life member of the Columbiana Teachers Association, as well as a life member of the NEA and OEA organizations. While living in Wellsville, she was a member of Immaculate Conception Church and was a teacher of the school. She also taught at McDonald Elementary School. She enjoyed her free time square dancing and playing cards with friends. Gladys and her husband were avid world travelers. The high lights of these many trips were the visit to Rome and the Holy Land.

Gladys is survived by a daughter Stephanie (David) Riedmayer; three grandchildren, Brian (Emily) Riedmayer of Tamarac FL, Brett (Jennifer) Riedmayer of Olympia WA, and Brittany Riedmayer of Beaufort SC; two grandchildren Meredith and Noah Riedmayer of Tamarac FL; a brother Vernon (June) Trottier of Manitowoc WI; and loving nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Gladys was predeceased by her husband, parents,two brothers, and three sisters.

Due to COVID-19, services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Catholic Church or any cancer organization.

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  1. Joe Traina says:

    She was my 5th grade teacher at MacDonald Elementary. I believe she set the standard for what a teacher should be. After graduating from Wellsville, I went to Ohio State, then the U.S. Air Force, and then landed back in the Wellsville School District as the Maintenance Supervisor. I still comment to this day when I see a teacher show up in jeans that Mrs. Kozora would not be very happy with them. She was a true professional and I will never forget that.

  2. Frances (Longo) Deem says:

    She was my 5th grade teacher at MacDonald Elementary. Hers was a tight run, highly structured, well disciplined classroom. (Sometimes she scared me.) But her students learned, not only their lessons, but discipline and respect for authority – something today’s youth seem to lack. We’ve kept in touch over the years, sending yearly Christmas cards including a hand written note detailing the events of the past year. I will miss that card this year, but will remember her fondly.

  3. Mary and Jack Cunningham says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Over the years, we most remember seeing your mom with you at Mass. God bless all of you during this time.

  4. Betty Jo Tomassi says:

    Very sorry to hear about the loss of your mother. Ralph and I are thinking of you during this difficult time.

  5. Rita and Bob says:

    We are so sorry to hear of your loss of your Mom. I really enjoyed keeping in touch with her since we retired. Only wish I had known her sooner. I will miss her posts and hearing from her. She will always be remembered as a special Aunt.

  6. Victoria (Buchanan) Holman says:

    Mrs Kozora was my fifth grade teacher at Macdonald elementary, I remember she was strict but kind. I can still see us all lined up on the steps and Mrs Kozora saying “good night children” and in unison all of saying “good night Mrs Kozora.”

  7. Lynn Beatty-Hyder says:

    Dear Stephanie and family,

    Your Mom was an amazing woman! I didn’t have her as a teacher but I remember her well at MacDonald School. She didn’t put up with much in the hallways but she was also very kind to me! She was a beautiful woman and always looked so very nice. We stayed in touch on Facebook and I am so glad that we did. Also, thank you dear lady for your service! My thoughts and prayers are with you all,

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