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Alice Lynch, CSJP (1926 - 2017)

Gladys Marian Jones was born in the Bronx borough of New York City on June 4, 1922.
She grew up in Hasbrouck Heights, NJ. Gladys married Ted Van Langen in 1949. They raised
their seven children to adulthood in the town of Glen Rock, NJ. The Van Langens were active
members of St. Catherine's Church. In the later years of her life, Gladys moved to Ridgewood,
New Jersey.

Throughout her life, Gladys was committed to helping others cope with stress, illness,
death and homelessness. Working in the hospital, the parish, or the neighborhood, Gladys
brought kindness and understanding to each person she encountered. Her parish priest
described Gladys as "a deeply spiritual person, firmly rooted in her faith. She is a bearer of
peace and justice, treating people with love and respect."

In 1995, Gladys applied to become an Associate member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of
Peace and embraced their charism. She stated," I am seeking a spiritually oriented community
where I can deepen my prayer life; I believe I have a responsibility to be an instrument of peace
and justice in my personal life and in my ministry." Gladys was accepted as an Associate and
made her Associate Covenant in 1996.

Gladys' enriched spirituality, her ministry experience and her leadership skills were soon
utilized in Associate Members activities. In 1997, she was asked to fill the 7 month unexpired
term of the Associate Co-Director. At the completion of the 7 month period, Gladys was
appointed to a full 3 year term as Co-Director of the Associates. Gladys participated fully at
gatherings of Sisters and Associates and she attended all small group meetings.

Gladys was in her early 70's when she became an Associate. She was an outstanding
Associate for 19 years. Her health started to fail, but Gladys was present whenever possible at
Associate activities. On January 10, 2014, she renewed her covenant for 5 years. She noted, "By
my presence and action, I pray for the grace to be a sign of God's loving messenger."

Gladys died on December 7,2017, surrounded by her family and friends. Her funeral Mass was
offered on December 9,2017 at Mt. Carmel Church in Ridgewood, NJ. Burial was in the George
Washington Cemetery, Paramus, NJ.

Gladys Van Langen, CSJP-A (1922 - 2017)

"It is most important to inspire the young with a great love of peace."

Mother Francis Clare (Margaret Anna Cusack)