1934 – 2021
Thompson – Gladys Ann (Krigsman) Tucker, formerly of Thompson, CT passed away July 29th. She was born on December 20, 1934 in Brooklyn New York. Gladys was the daughter of the late Karl G. and Mildred (Casalese) Krigsman.
Gladys lived most of her life in Thompson Connecticut. She was an educator at the Mary R. Fisher Elementary school for 36 years. She taught Kindergarten, First Grade, and Junior Primary. After obtaining her master’s degree, Gladys became the Reading Language Arts Consultant and then an Administrative Assistant until her retirement in 1995.
She graduated from Tourtellotte Memorial High School in 1952, and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree from Willimantic State Teachers College in 1956, and her Master of Arts Degree in Education from the University of Connecticut in 1968. While at WSTC, she was invited to be a member of the Epsilon Nu chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, an Honor Society in education.
As a reading consultant, Mrs. Tucker introduced and directed “Reading Is Fundamental”, a national book giving program for students from Pre-K to Grade 4, for 20 plus years. During this time, thousands of books were given to Thompson school children in an effort to build their home library. Upon her retirement in 1995, A plaque was presented to Gladys from the National Reading Is Fundamental organization by a member of the Washington staff.
While living in Thompson, she was elected to the Thompson Library Board of Directors. This was an honor for her as she loved the Thompson Library and staff, where reading was always encouraged.
Gladys was one of the original members of the Tourtellotte Memorial High School Alumni Association when it was formed in 2007. She served as archivist for the association.
Mrs. Tucker was an active member of the friends of hospice at the Day Kimball Hospital for 14 years and loved volunteering at the hospital gift shop.
Gladys was also a long-time member of the Women’s Board of Day Kimball Hospital. Gladys was honored by being appointed an Emeritus member of the Women’s Board by the governance committee.
Her hobbies were gardening, photography, nature, and reading. She spent many years traveling to Naples, Florida in the Winter where she made many friends from across the United States, Canada and England.
Gladys is survived by her former husband, Alan J. Tucker and their son, Gregory Tucker and his wife, Carol Jean (Bilinski) Tucker of Thompson CT. She is also survived by her cousin, Joseph Casalese and family of Winter Springs Florida and her niece, Mrs. Lynn Ellen Almquist and family of Danville, Virginia.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend a graveside service on Wednesday, September 1, 2021, at 10:00a.m. in East Thompson Cemetery, 290 East Thompson Rd., Thompson, CT 06277 . Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Thompson Public Library, attention: Alison Boutaugh, Director, PO Box 855, N. Grosvenordale, CT 06255, or the Thompson Congregational Church Rebuilding Fund, P.O. Box 308, Thompson, CT 06277. For memorial guestbook please visit www.GilmanAndValade.com.