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VanSolkema, Gladys November 17, 1938 - June 8, 2021

Gladys VanSolkema, 82, of Long Valley, NJ passed away at Hackettstown Medical Center on June 8, 2021. Born in Newton, NJ, Gladys was the daughter of the late Arthur & Lena Tiesma Lott

Gladys has lived in the Long Valley and Schooley’s Mountain area for most of her adult life and worked for the Washington Township Board of Education (Morris County) as a school bus driver retiring in 2000. Gladys was a very active member of the Drakestown Methodist Church in Mt. Olive Twp. NJ. Her other interest included travel and cruises with her beloved husband, Henry, Quilting and most recently going out for lunch with friends and cousins.

Gladys is survived by her loving husband, Henry at home, two sons, Henry VanSolkema, Jr. and his wife Carolyn and Art VanSolkema and his wife Karen  Three beloved grandchildren, Henry John, Kristin & Jason. She was predeceased by her daughter, June Olmstead.

Viewing hours will be on Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ, 07840. Funeral services will take place Friday, June 11, 2021, at 10:00am in the funeral home. Interment will follow at the Union Cemetery, Hackettstown, NJ. Online condolences may be offered to the family at


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    Joseph Ciulla says

    On behalf of all of us at Old Farmers Road School, we offer our sincere condolences to the entire family.

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    Tammy Crowley says

    I miss you already. Loved our talks at my dad’s!!!

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    Tara Ligos says

    Dear Jason,
    I am so very sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved grandmother. Please know that I am keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Jane Mason says

    Heaven has welcomed a very Special Angel, Gladys Van Solkema.
    No longer in pain, she is dancing with her daughter, June, and hugging her Mom!
    Henry and Jason will miss her terribly, of course, as well as so many others who called her family & friend. I was Blessed to have her as both! She will watch over us and keep us all straight from afar. I will see you again dear Gladys.

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