GILDERBLOOM, PATRICIA MARIA GLOCKLER, was born September 20, 1952 She is survived by her sister Barbara Glockler Turk; brother-in-law Roger Turk; her niece Coral Turk Davis; her Mother Lily Glockler MacLin; the father of her two children Dr. John Ingram "Hans" Gilderbloom; and a host of extended family, friends, teachers and classmates. In Holland she is survived by her Aunt Loes Glockler and her niece Belinda Glockler. Preceding, Patty in death were two children: Max Edward Gilderbloom (May 9, 2011) and Rose Marie Gilderbloom (died at birth); her father Edward Glockler; and father-in-law Murray Edward Gilderbloom. She was born 59 years ago in the Dutch Colony of Paramaribo, Suriname, South America. At the age of six she migrated to Santa Barbara speaking only Dutch. Patty grew up in Santa Barbara and graduated from Santa Barbara High School. She was always proud of her Dutch, Indonesian and Chinese roots. She was eye-popping beautiful her whole life.
In her twenties, Patty was a model, worked in health foods, and was part of the New York art scene. No matter what she did she always had a twinkle in her eyes and infectious smile. In Soho she married a respected artist and renovated a loft. In her thirties, she went to the University of Wisconsin and University of St. Thomas where she graduated with a degree in English at the top of her class. She later attended the University of Houston where she worked on an education certificate and later finished with a Master's degree in Education at the University of Louisville. She was loved by peers, students and fellow teachers who marveled at her enthusiasm, humor, smarts, and passion.
She began her teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Texas and later taught in Louisville at the Friends School; where she was soon promoted to Principal. She later transferred to "where students needed the most help", electing to teach at the poorest performing schools in Portland and West Louisville. She was known as a gifted teacher and her students regularly outperformed expectations. She was proud that many of her students (including her son) ended up going to the top Universities in the world. She was also an editor of several well known published writers and a cheerleader.
Patty loved and cared for her "rescue dogs" Reece, Lucy Roscoe, Snoopy and Dexter. She became a devoted student of Buddhism, practicing yoga and meditation. She was also proud and invigorated by her involvement in a Christian ministry program that visited and counseled prisoners on Friday nights. Toward the end of her life, she reached out to parents who lost their children to suicide and grieved with them. Patty was also involved in gardening, social justice, care of the elderly, renovating historic homes, and educational reform. She was an avid reader of books and generously donated books to anyone who wanted a good book. She was a life-long tennis player recruited by the University of Wisconsin tennis team, she once won an open mixed doubles championship in Texas. She was a big fan of baseball and basketball, but disliked football.
Patty Gilderbloom loved life and living to the fullest, yet tragedy struck on May 9, 2011 when her son, Max Gilderbloom was found dead. In her own words: "That is when my life ended." Patty never recovered from the loss of her son. Only a Mother could truly grasp the unending grief, sorrow, and pain of losing a twenty-one year old with such a bright future. She was beyond angry at the dark evil forces that took her son away from her. Today, the peddlers of evil are still out there; the growing carnage of shorten lives continues.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be sent to Patty's favorite causes: the Louisville Zoo, a place where she spent much time; planting trees in her son's honor; or, adopting a rescue dog. A memorial service that honors Patty's life will be held Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at Highland Baptist Church, 1101 Cherokee Road at Grinstead 40204.
Published in The Courier-Journal from Sept. 18 to Sept. 23, 2012