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Gladys L. Zate

Gladys L. Zate of West Bloomfield, Michigan, died on 15 April 2020.

The Funeral was A PRIVATE FAMILY GRAVESIDE SERVICE on Friday, 17 April 2020 at 10:30 AM .

A virtual shiva will be held Friday at 2:00 p.m. (For the Zoom Shiva, contact Ron Zate at RSZATE@GMAIL.

Rabbi Paul Yedwab officiated.

Click to watch a video of the recorded service.

Gladys L. Zate, 93, of West Bloomfield, died on April 15 of complications from heart failure.

Born in Poland to Kalman and Matel Zate, she came with her family to Detroit at the age of eight and spent most of her life in the Metro Detroit area. A highly-regarded kindergarten school teacher in the Detroit Public Schools for more than 30 years, Gladys loved teaching as much as her students loved learning from her, thanks to her warm, friendly nature. She taught many notable students, including singer Anita Baker, a source of great pride for Gladys. She earned two master’s degrees as well as pursued her doctorate in Education.

Gladys was actively involved with the co-ed Delta Omicron International Music Fraternity, where she held many offices. She also mentored and worked with countless students over the years, expanding her love of teaching beyond the classroom walls.

Gladys was also known as an adventurous world traveler, visiting many places throughout the world. Gladys often took her siblings, nieces, and nephews along on her travels — combining her love of family, teaching, and travel so they could experience the world and learn to enjoy exploring, music, art, and more, just as she did.

Gladys’ devotion to her family was unwavering and included being very involved with the Levin Family Club, part of her large extended family. In particular, she was very proud of her family’s theatrical group, The Elmhurst Players, and the many creative productions they staged over the years.

A lovely, multi-faceted woman, Gladys adored music and singing, and played many instruments including the piano, French horn, and autoharp. Attending the symphony, sometimes with her nieces and nephews, was a favorite pastime and she never lost her passion for learning, being an avid reader all of her life. She was also an enthusiastic collector of art and beautiful objects – especially rabbits!

Despite her diminutive size, Gladys showered an enormous amount of love and generosity into many people’s lives and brought great joy and laughter — especially to her family, friends, and students. She radiated good cheer that couldn’t help but bring a smile to the face of anyone she encountered. She truly was one of a kind!

Gladys was the beloved sister of the late Dolores Fox, the late Seymour Zate, and the late Betty (the late Jerry) Grushoff; dear sister-in-law of Ileene Zate, and is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins, as well as countless friends.

Metro Detroit’s Jewish funeral homes have agreed that families should follow the directive of Centers for Disease Control and restrict the size of gatherings to no more than 10, for at least the month of April.

For now, in-person funeral attendance will be limited to only immediate family. Otherwise, funerals may be viewed live and recorded on chapel websites.

Together, we thank the community for understanding during this unusual and challenging time.

Condolence acknowledgements may be mailed to:
Claudia Cotter
719 Sunnybeach Drive
White Lake MI 48386

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Gladys L. Zate may do so by making a contribution to:

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