Gladys Hallin

Obituary of Gladys Hallin

Gladys Nancy Hallin passed away peacefully in her home, with her daughter Mary-AnnEva at her side, Wednesday September 20, 2017.

Born in Jamestown July 28,1929 to Swedish parents, Iris Matilda Högstedt Lindberg and Klas Gustav Lindberg, Gladys was raised in Insjön, Dalarna, Sweden after her family returned to Sweden in 1935. When she was 18 she married Arne Hallin and they had three daughters. In 1956, the family of 5 emigrated from Falun, Sweden to Jamestown, NY.

Gladys first worked at the Sherman Brothers furniture factory in Brooklyn Square as a cutter, and then as a waitress at the Driftwood and Ironstone restaurants owned by Tom Ciancio. She later spent 15 years as the dining room hostess at the Moonbrook Country Club until she moved to Palm Springs, CA in 1983 to be closer to her aunt and uncle, Greta and Axel Linus, and her eldest daughter, Birgit and granddaughter Erika. While in Palm Springs, she worked for Interior Designer James Callahan. She later worked as a House-Staff-employee to Ambassador Walter Annenberg, Rancho Mirage CA, where she personally met many dignitaries, celebraties and royalty, including George H. W. Bush, Gerald and Betty Ford, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Margaret Thatcher, Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, Frank Sinatra, Doris Day, Bob Hope, Kirk Douglas, Jimmy Stewart and many others. Gladys was in part responsible to care for the world famous Annenberg art collection which is now permanently on display in the New York City Metropolitan Museum of Art. She was very well liked by the Ambassador and continued to work on the Annenberg Estate until her retirement.

She loved art, opera, classical music and travel. She was an avid china painter and began taking classes from Ida White while living in Jamestown at the YWCA. After moving to California, Gladys often traveled to several cities in the US to participate in china-painting classes and to attend china-painting shows where she displayed her work. She also loved taking trips to Branson, MO where she attended performances by legendary violinist Togi Sabuchi. She traveled many times to Sweden to spend time visiting her brother Erik Lindberg, her mother Iris Lindberg, and many family and friends.

Swedish tradition was never far from her heart. She instilled in her family deep appreciation for and a strong cultural understanding of Sweden and its customs. She had been a member of Viking Ingjald Lodge #65 and hosted many fun picnics at the Viking Lake Park on Chautauqua Lake with family and friends. Gladys was also a former member of the Thule Lodge #127 VASA Order of America, and participated in the Thule Drill Team. She had attended the former Swedish Salvation Army when the Major Lennart Carlson was pastor. She enjoyed Hedberg's famous Swedish limpa rye bread, baking pepparkakor at Christmas, making Swedish meatballs, kåldolmars and yellow pea soup. She was a hard worker and very organized. She taught her daughters at a young age how to bake, sew and dutifully keep a clean and orderly home.

She is predeceased by her daughter Birgit Margareta Hallin on September 13, 2017, her daughter Ingrid Kristina Carlson on December 30, 1992, and her former husband of 22 years, Arne Hallin, in 2004. She is also predeceased in death by many loving canine companions: Tasha, Memphis, Kishi, Bobo, and feline friend Missy.

She is survived by a daughter Mary-AnnEva Ingrao (Randall) of Falconer, her brother Erik Lindberg (Kerstin) and family of Falun, Dalarna, Sweden, and her grandchildren Lars Alleyn Ingrao, of South Carolina, Nolan Randall Ingrao, of Falconer, Erika Ann Dunning (Seth Rosenfeld),of San Fransisco CA, Kristina Kathryn Decker (Todd), of North Carolina, and 4 great-grandchildren, Sofia Ingrao, Isaac Rosenfeld, Kaitlyn Decker and Ryan Decker. She is also survived by a step-brother Russell Sullivan, of Jamestown.

Gladys loved the mountains in the Palm Desert and Palm Springs area and the warm sunshine of the Desert. She spent many years enjoying her time in California before returning to Jamestown in 2014.

We will miss her smile, warm hugs and strong spirit.

Light refreshments will be served for family and friends on Sunday, September 24, 2017 between 5pm-7pm at 515 Jefferson Street, Jamestown, NY. Please join us.

Memorials may be donated to Chautauqua County Humane Society.