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Martha Glezen

Miss Martha Glezen, who taught history to three generations of Washington's youth during her 45-year career and led the cheerleaders at basketball and football games for 20 of them, died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, 1982 at her residence at the age of 77. Her heart had been failing for the past several months.
She lived at 25 Lynwood Drive with her close friend and cousin Wilma Watt. The two had shared a home since 1944.
Shortly before her death Miss Glezen asked that the advice she had given to her students so often be repeated once more. "Well now, let me tell you." (Her familiar remark). "You can do anything if you want to if you want to do it badly enough. Above all, don't sit and wait, but try to make things happen. We have too many waiters."
She was born August 5, 1904 in Ireland, Indiana to Theodore and Elfie (Dillin) Glezen, was a 1921 graduate of Ireland High School, received the B.S. from Oakland City College and later attended Butler and Indiana Universities.
She began teaching in Dubois County in 1923, after her first year of college, and came to Washington in 1927 when J.H. Shipp was school superintendent. Although she had taught 6th grade and in high school, most of her career was in the junior high. For the 15 years before her retirement in May 1968, she taught 8th grade history.
Her long career as a Sunday School teacher began when she was 16, first in Ireland and then at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Washington. For the past few years she had presided over the nusery at Westminster.
Miss Glezen was an elder at Westminster and had been a commissioner to Presbytery, as well as a faithful worker in all the activities of the Women's Association. She was a member of the teachers' honorary, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Kappa Kappa Kappa.
After her retirement she widened her community service and for 10 years was a volunteer delivering daily meals to shut-ins.
She is survived by a brother, Joseph Glezen, Boonville and three nieces and a nephew.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Gill Chapel. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery, south of Ireland, where members of her family have been buried for generations.
The 1970 Washingtonian is dedicated to Miss Martha Glezen. Miss Glezen first came to WHS in 1927 after teaching four years in Madison Township, Dubois County. She has devoted 45 years to the teaching profession. Miss Glezen has always taught history and has been an inspiration to many students who have continued their education in this subject. For 20 years she gave up her free time, after school, to coach cheerleaders. Since 1968 she has been very active in her retirement. "The greatest satisfaction from teaching comes from doing what you can, with what you have to do with...I gave everything I had to teaching." WHS greatly appreciates the years of service and dedication Miss Glezen has given to us.