Gladys Marie (Leavens) Schrader, 78, a resident of Oswego passed away on the 9 th of June, 2018
at her home surrounded by her family after a valiant battle where she exemplified dignity and
courage. Gladys passed knowing the love of her daughter, grandsons, brother, nieces and
nephews, extended family and dearest friends. She had a strong faith and devotion to the Lord
and is now celebrating eternal peace alongside the love of her life of 52 years, her husband,
Robert David Schrader.
Born in Oswego, she was the daughter of the late Gladys (Baker) Leavens and Lewis Adelbert
Leavens. She attended Oswego schools including Fitzhugh Park and Oswego High School. Mrs.
Schrader served the City of Oswego for over 30 years, first as a crossing guard at St Paul’s
Academy and then as the crossing guard supervisor. Gladys worked until the very end and she
so enjoyed her work and all of her crossing guards that became her friends as well. She loved a
good party and her laugh could be heard for miles. She was a great cook and her pies were
amazing. We always said she could go in business with those pies. She and her family always
enjoyed playing a good game of cards and later in life she could farkle into the wee hours. In
her younger years, people remember her for her fun loving nature, steady faith, and the love of
her family. The love for her family never changed, as later in his life she took on the role of
rearing her special grandsons, Tyler and Kyle. She always made sure we never went without.
Surviving are her two daughters Melissa Schrader and Laurie (James) Congdon, four
grandchildren, Tyler Perez and Kyle Perez, Tia Daniel of Syracuse, and Justin Congdon of
Washington, a great-granddaughter, Livvy Rebeor of Syracuse, five brothers, Lewis (Fran)
Leavens, Joseph (Sharon) Leavens, Donald Leavens, David Leavens, and Edward (Vicky) Leavens,
three sisters, Betty (Elton) Seldon, Barbara (Anthony) LaPaglia, Linda (Howard) Straight, three
sister-in laws Agnes (Schrader) Neumann, and Ann (Schrader) Hewitt, one brother-in-law John
(Mary) Schrader, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Robert
D. Schrader, her parents Lewis A. Leavens and Gladys R. Leavens, and sister Mildred (Edward)
Woodward, sister-in-law’s Verna (Robert) (Schrader) Lass, Mary (John) (Schrader) Sagneri and
eight brother-in-law’s, Norbert (Betty), William (Helen), Joseph (Constance), Patrick (Sally),
Edward (Joan), Francis (Frances), Thomas (Barbara) and Daniel (Deborah Cloonan) Schrader.
A special thank you to her dear friends that became family Donald and Deborah Buske who
gave her such quality of life these last years.
Gladys will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sibling, aunt and friend.
Gladys can be remembered on Tuesday, June 12 th from 4-7pm at Dowdle Funeral Home, 154
East Fourth Street, Oswego, NY. Funeral services will be held at 10am on Wednesday, June 13 th
at St. Peter’s Church, 83 East Albany St. Burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery in Oswego.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Peter’s Church, 83 East Albany Street, Oswego,
New York 13126 or Oswego County Hospice, PO Box 102, Oswego, New York 13126