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In Memorium of Gladys Schweiger



GLADYS SCHWEIGER
Alzheimers Foundation of Staten Island
718-667-7110
www.SIAlzheimers.org
gladys-schweiger.JPGMrs. Schweiger's firm but compassionate leadership guided several community-based non-profit organizations in the borough.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Gladys Schweiger, executive director of the Alzheimer's Foundation of Staten Island, who was a tireless advocate for the borough's youth, seniors, the frail, and less fortunate. Mrs. Schweiger's firm but compassionate leadership guided and influenced a number of community-based non-profit organizations in the borough including the Boy Scouts, Red Cross and the Rotary Club, as well as the Community School Board,
A registered nurse by profession, Mrs. Schweiger began her career in 1960 as a nurse at the former Richmond Memorial Hospital in Prince's Bay. She spent 18 years of her nursing career at this location. She worked with former Borough President Ralph Lamberti for a brief time as his non-profit cultural liaison. She moved on to the Staten Island Chapter of the American Red Cross for 10 years before taking over as executive director of the Alzheimer's Foundation of Staten Island.
Mrs. Schweiger served as a board member of numerous organizations over the course of her career but focused her efforts on being an advocate for the borough's youth and seniors.
She served in an elected role as a member of the Community School Board for District 31, and was involved in the Staten Island Federation of Parent-Teacher Associations.
She had been active with the Boy Scouts of America for more than four decades. At the time of her death she had been involved in the campaign to preserve Pouch Camp in Sea View. Mrs. Schweiger was the recipient of two of Scouting's highest honors, the Vigil Honor bestowed by the Order of the Arrow, and the Silver Beaver Award, which is the highest adult honor in Scouting. For all of her work, she was chosen as a Staten Advance Woman of Achievement in 1978, and over the past few years has served as a judge on the Woman of Achievement selection committee.
Mrs. Schweiger was also a past president of the Rotary Club of Staten Island. Her time with Rotary began in 1987, and her responsibilities over the course of the years were felt at every level of the organization and its outreach activities in the community. Among the Rotary activities she involved herself with are the annual distribution of Thanksgiving food baskets; the awarding of Rotary scholarships to borough students; the Rotary's Coats for Kids campaign, and numerous fund-raising activities. For her service to the club, she has been acknowledged with numerous awards. In 1994 she was named a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and in 1999 she was named Rotary Giant.
She was also a member in St. John's Episcopal Church in Fort Wadsworth, and was instrumental in the construction of Canterbury House, a senior residence on the ground of the church.
Mrs. Schweiger was born and raised on Staten Island, and was a Dongan Hills resident.
Below are some of the sentiments about beloved Gladys Schweiger from the Staten Island community:
It deeply saddens me to think of a world without her .. Gladys..
Such an amazing, carin & loving person as she was.. Always putting her family, friends & community before herself on an everyday basis.. People should learn from her out of this world dedication to her community & charitable organizations which was second to none. She was always first to say hello & always first to ask how u were feeling? 
Again exemplifying her out of this lifetime & world qualities..
I was blessed to know her most of her life growing up in the same neighborhood Dongan hills & Goin to school w her daughter..
The things she taught me about Lookin out for my family as well as my fellow man & community .. I can't thank her enuff .
From being involved wed mornings w the Staten Island bucks & tues afternoons at the staaten .. Not seeing her face will be a hard void to fill .. Now or ever..
I can only ask god to watch over her family & give her the peace she trully needed..
And ask god also to give her family the strength , the courage & use his Divine healing power to get thru this untimely passing..
She will trully always be missed by all of us.. And will be in my thoughts & everyday prayers..
More than anything thank u for being apart of our life.. And thank u for what you taught me..
It will forever be enstilled in my heart & soul always..
Love your friend 
Joe salemmo 
Aka joe nose 
God bless!
David J. Rampulla wrote:
Soroptimist International of Staten  Island
    
With great sorrow we have learned of the passing of  former Soroptimist Gladys Schweiger.
Gladys was the Executive Director of the  Alzheimer's Foundation of Staten Island and a fixture in  the non-profit community for many years.
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family at  this time.
  
Sincerely,
Board of Directors - Soroptimist International of  Staten Island 
Edward J. Maloy wrote:
I know you all appreciate the loss that our Club and the Staten Island community is experiencing with the passing of one of the giants of our Club, Gladys Schweiger.  With the passing of our friend and fellow Rotarian Gladys, the members of the Rotary Club of Staten Island mourn the loss of someone who would roll up her sleeves and be involved in all things Rotary.
Gladys and her family are in our thoughts. As more information about the arrangements become available I will share with you.  In a show of solidarity we will also designate a time that we will meet to pay our respects and I hope that it is a time that  most of you will be able to attend. 
Below is just a bit of how Gladys has served our Club. She will be sorely missed.
Gladys Schweiger served as president of our Club in 2002.  Her Rotary career began in 1987, joining as one of the first women of the Club.  Her responsibilities over the course of this time covered a broad spectrum.  She played a key role in the re-implementation of the Five Club Rotary Council,  Additionally, she serves an active role on the Board of Directors.  She served on Club Committees for On To Bermuda, By Laws, District Relations, Thanksgiving Baskets, Ecology Day, Scholarships, Family Rotary Days, Coats For Kids, Rotary Banner and the Rotary Car Raffle.  She has also been editor of the Rotocycle Newsletter since 1994 and worked with the Hospitality Committee from 1987 to 1994.  She has served as Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 7230 for the 2004-2005 and 2007-2008 Rotary years.  For her service to the club, she has been acknowledged with numerous awards including the 1994 Paul Harris Fellow and the 1999 Rotary Giant.
Joseph R. Marchese, CFP
Financial Planning Concepts
Rotary and Staten island just lost a very valuable member. I am sorry to lose a friend
Christine J DeHart
Maryleeml@aol.com wrote:
Thank you Gladys!  Rotary was certainly one of your priorities and you are already missed!
 
jmarchese@fpcamerica.com writes:
I know you all appreciate the loss that our Club and the Staten Island community is experiencing with the passing of one of the giants of our Club, Gladys Schweiger.  With the passing of our friend and fellow Rotarian Gladys, the members of the Rotary Club of Staten Island mourn the loss of someone who would roll up her sleeves and be involved in all things Rotary.
Gladys Schweiger served as president of our Club in 2002.  Her Rotary career began in 1987, joining as one of the first women of the Club.  Her responsibilities over the course of this time covered a broad spectrum.  She played a key role in the re-implementation of the Five Club Rotary Council,  Additionally, she serves an active role on the Board of Directors. She served on Club Committees for On To Bermuda, By Laws, District Relations, Thanksgiving Baskets, Ecology Day, Scholarships, Family Rotary Days, Coats For Kids, Rotary Banner and the Rotary Car Raffle.  She has also been editor of the Rotocycle Newsletter since 1994 and worked with the Hospitality Committee from 1987 to 1994.  She has served as Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 7230 for the 2004-2005 and 2007-2008 Rotary years.  For her service to the club, she has been acknowledged with numerous awards including the 1994 Paul Harris Fellow and the 1999 Rotary Giant.

Thank you Gladys!  You are already missed!