Barbara Stevens (Schmidt) Glueck
Date of Passing: April 27th, 2020leave a condolence read condolences
Barbara Stevens (Schmidt) Glueck, 78, of New Hartford, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, April 27, 2020 at her home. She was born August 27, 1941, in Cortland, the daughter of the late Harold and Grace Vroman Stevens. She was a graduate of Cortland High School and received her Master's Degree in Education from SUNY Cortland. At one time she was married to Carl Edward Schmidt, Sr. She later married Harold F. Glueck on February 6, 1999. She and Harold enjoyed traveling to Maine to visit family and spend time at their cottage. He passed away April 14, 2016. Mrs. Glueck began her career in education teaching Physical Education and Health at New Hartford and Westmoreland Central Schools. She later became the Assistant Director of the Oneida County Youth Bureau. While working for Oneida County, she represented the county on numerous committees, including Homeless & Housing for the Vulnerable and was on the advisory council for the Office of the Aging. Upon her retirement from Oneida County, Barb became the Director of Development for Hope House in Utica, where she was also a founder and grant writer. She was a member, Deacon and Elder of the New Hartford Presbyterian Church and also served on its Presbytery Governing Board. Barb was also a past member of the New Hartford Republican Club and was very active in local politics. She was very proud of the Outstanding Worker award she received from the Utica Rotary Club and New York State Women of Distinction award. In her younger years, Barb was an avid swimmer and gymnast. She also enjoyed working as a lifeguard. In later years, Barb enjoyed knitting, gardening, reading, sharing good books with friends and dining out with her grandchildren and close friends. She is survived by two children, C. Edward (Robyn) Schmidt, Jr. of New Hartford and Carolyn (Nathaniel Richardson) Dehm of Oswego; four grandchildren, Eddie and Kaitlin Schmidt and Christina and Anne Marie Dehm; several nieces and nephews; as well as several close friends. She was predeceased by her sister, Gretchen Cochran. Due to current circumstances, the family will observe service privately at the Mark C. Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., New Hartford. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Hope House or the New Hartford Presbyterian Church, in her memory.
I knew Barbara from New Hartford Presbyterian Church. Always a smile and friendly word. She will be missed.
I was saddened to read of the loss of Barbara - a wonderful woman who I cherished as a friend. While we have not seen each other recently, I knew her well about a decade ago when we served on a Presbytery Committee together and when i was more actively involved with Hope House. We enjoyed lunches and conversation. She was a great support to me after the death of my husband David in 1999. I remember her later sharing with me how she met Harold and talking of their courtship.
I knew Barbara through our Park Coffeehouse, through Presbyterian circles, and through Hope House. I'm so sorry to see this - we will miss her faithful attendance in Holland Patent.