FORT FAIRFIELD – Mrs. Gladys M. Schwartz, 73, wife of the late Russell I. Schwartz, passed away peacefully Monday, Aug. 30, 2004, at her Fort Fairfield residence surrounded by her loving family after an extended illness. She was born July 9, 1931 at Bristol, New Brunswick, Canada, the daughter of John and Grace (Brooks) Staten. Gladys was a 1949 graduate of the Bristol, N.B., High School and was married to Russell I. Schwartz on Feb. 14, 1949. She was a communicant of the St. Denis Catholic Church, Fort Fairfield, and a member of the Daughters of Isabella, Santa Maria Circle No. 427 of Fort Fairfield. Gladys had been employed at Community General Hospital, Fort Fairfield for 17 years and operated Schwartz’s Sweet Shop in Fort Fairfield with her husband from 1968 to 1978. Gladys’ family was the center of her life. She loved camping especially at Lake Edward in New Brunswick. She will be lovingly remembered as a wonderful mother and grandmother. In addition to her parents, Gladys was predeceased by her husband on Sept. 7, 1998; and one infant daughter, Jane Schwartz. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Mary Schwartz of Windham, Timothy and Laurie Schwartz of South Portland; one daughter and son-in-law, Sally and David Armstrong of Fort Fairfield; one brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Faye Staten of Bristol, New Brunswick; one sister, Glenna Hathaway of Juniper, New Brunswick; eight grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. Friends may call Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at the Dorsey Funeral Home, 144 Main St., Fort Fairfield, 9:30 a.m. until the time of departure for the St. Denis Catholic Church, 147 Main St., Fort Fairfield, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. with the Rev. David Raymond celebrant. Interment will follow at the St. Denis Catholic Cemetery, Fort Fairfield. Relatives and friends are invited to join in a time of fellowship with refreshments at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 260 Main St., Fort Fairfield, immediately following the interment service. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may contribute in memory of Mrs. Schwartz to Hospice of Aroostook, PO Box 688, Caribou, ME 04736. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.