Marlies Glickauf was a welcoming hostess, a passionate traveler, and an avid artist, said her daughter, Annette Sleek.

“She was an extremely loyal woman and enjoyed several lifelong friendships,” she said. “She always tried to teach me not to get attached to things, because those are just things and they can always be taken away. She is missed dearly by her family and friends.”

Marlies Glickauf, 84, of Valparaiso, died April 23. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Glickauf, in 2010. The couple had been married since 1953, after being introduced by Otis Bowen, who would go on to be Indiana governor.

Glickauf was born in Germany and trained as a registered nurse. She emigrated to the United States after World War II, and began working for Bowen in Bremen, Indiana.

After she married, the couple settled in Valparaiso, where John Glickauf owned a hardware store. The home they purchased in 1955 was a former 1920s speakeasy known as Millicoma, which translates to “a thousand dreams,” Sleek said.

“She truly lived out a thousand dreams in that place, and it possesses a not small quantity of her own quirky personality,” she said.

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Over the years, she played host to numerous family members from Germany, and two of her brothers moved to Valparaiso.

“She welcomed them into her home until they were able to find work and have their own homes,” her daughter said.

She loved to travel, and had traveled Europe, Mexico, Bali, Egypt and China.

She was an avid artist and worked in a variety of media, For many years, she was affiliated with The Art Barn in Valparaiso. She sold her work through art fairs, competitions and at galleries.

“(She had) an uncanny ability to create something beautiful out of little,” her daughter said.

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