Freda Louise (Vasten) Glassier
November 26, 2009
Freda Louise ( Vasten) Glassier passed away quietly in her favorite chair, looking out her favorite window at the land that she had worked for most of her 93 years. She was only a stone’s throw from the very spot where she was born when she died, on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009 just hours after sunrise.
She was preceded in death by her husband Fred L. Glassier and her son Fred J. Glassier.
She was survived by her daughter, Joyce Glassier Smink, and grandchildren, Tracey Smink Vangolen and her husband Glenn; Norman Smink; Stephanie Buchholtz and her husband Brett; Temple Glassier and Mark Drummond; and Krystal Glassier Levy and her husband Mitch, as well as her seven great-grandchildren Brent Vangolen, Dylan, Tristin and Patrick Palardy, Jake, Miles and Parker Levy.
Freda Glassier was the daughter of Italian immigrants, born in Emma, Colo. on March 8, 1916, and was purely the salt of the Earth. As an avid hunter, she always wanted everyone to know that she shot her first deer at age 13 and would have gotten one earlier if she had her own rifle.
Working on her family’s ranch for years, she ended up marrying the boy next door, quite literally, neighbor Fred L. Glassier, in 1934, and kept on ranching. Her passion was her work and her work was her life. She never stopped working her land, sowing potatoes and sweat for well over 60 years along with raising cattle and her family in the time in between. Freda always preferred to be outside, shunning housework for herding cattle and tending her land. She was tough as nails with a slyly dry sense of humor and a heart of gold.
Freda trusted all and respected many. She was a no-nonsense woman: There was rarely a person who didn’t know where they stood with Freda, as she would let them know quickly and clearly. When you shook her hand you knew it was for real, a woman of her word and a truly trusted soul. To learn about Freda Glassier was to drink coffee with her in her kitchen at that rickety old table and listen to the story of how she shot the bear right outside her back door, or sit with her on the front porch as she gazed over her land and watch her eyes as the memories rushed through her so fast she didn’t know which one to share first.
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She would talk for hours as her great-grandchildren picked raspberries from the huge hedge that has grown for what seems like forever. She often spoke about how everyone knew everyone else decades ago and that today “you don’t know no one,” all delivered in that unforgettable accent with a hint of Italian and a whole lot of Colorado. Her history and her story will never be forgotten.
A friend to many, a rancher through and through and a role model to all, Freda Glassier will be dearly missed.
Services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2009 at 11 a.m. at St Stephens Catholic Church in Glenwood Springs.