Gladys Rigby Van Pelt obituary
IUTES TOMORROW i FOR KIRS. VANPET Director of Music at Grace M. E. Church Victim of Meningitis ' MRS. HENRY V. VANPELT funeral service for Mrs. Henry W. VanPelt, 34 North Nineteenth street, will be held in Grace Methodist Church Tuesday ' afternoon at 3 o'clock. Bishop William f. MacDowell, Washington, and Dr. Robert Bagnell, Charleston, W. Va., former pastor of the church, will assist the Rev. Dr. Wilbur F. Malla - lieu, pastor. Burial will be in Mount Vernon, Iowa. Mrs. VanPelt died Sunday morn - ins in the Harrisburg Hospital. She bad been ill four days suffering from cerebral meningitis. She was a Phi Beta Kappa honor student at th . Cornell Conservatory of Music, member of the Wednesday Club, a &remost pianist in Central Pennsylvania and active in music circles In the city. Mrs. VanPelt, piano soloist for the University Singers, an organisation of the Harrisburg branch of the American Association of University Women, appeared only ten days ago in a concert at the civic Club. She was director of music in Grace Methodist Church School and taught a class of girls i" the Young People's department. For five years Mrs. VanPelt served as president of the Sarah A. Herr Auxiliary of the Women's Foreign Missionary Society in Grace Church. Came to City in 1924 Recognized as one of Central Pennsylvania's foremost pianists, Mrs. VanPelt became interested In music, civic and church enterprises shortly after coming to Harrisburg in the fall of 1924. She frequently gave informal recitals at her home, and in these she would entertain her listeners with Impromptu talks on the compos! tions which she was playing. She was Interested in the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra since its Inception and was secretary of the Symphony Society of Harrisburg, Gladys Rigby, youngest daugh ter of Dr. aud Mrs. Joshua H Rigby, was bora in Charles City, Iowa. While still a child her ram ily moved to Mount Vernon, Iowa, the seat of Cornell College. Here 6he received her high school and college education, graduating from Cornell College with a liberal arts degree and Phi Beta Kappa honors and from the Cornell Conservatory of Music. Continued Studies Immediately following gradua tion, she went to East Greenwich Academy, near Providence, R. I, as teacher of piano. During her stay there, she continued her study of piano under eminent teachers in Boston. She left Providence to go to New York City to study with Ernest Hutcheson, remaining with him three years. At this time she taught piano at the Knox School for Girls, then located at Tarrytown - on - the Hudson. On August 18, 1920, Gladys Rigby married Henry Warren VanPelt, who was then doing post - graduate work at Columbia University. After living in New York City for two years, Mr. and Mrs. VanPelt moved to Washington, D. C. Here, in addition to her many musical interests, Mrs. VanPelt was active in Foundry Methodist Church, serving as president of the foreign missionary society of that church, and working as an officer the Washington district of the Women's Foreign ,. Missionary So - J A ' civvy. Mrs. VanPelt Is survived by her Husband, Henry w. VanPelt, di' rector of the Bureau of Statistics, state Department of Internal Af fairs; her mother, Mrs. Alice Pel tows Rigby, Mount Vernon, Iowa; two sisters, Miss Jessie Rigby, 11 brarian at Cornell College, and Mrs. Otis H. Moore, Tipton, Iowa, and one brother, W. A. Rigby, of Highland Falls, New York.