Gladys Theresa Grewe, 99, passed away peacefully at the Sunwood Care Center in Redwood Falls, Minn., on Oct. 20, 2009.
Gladys was born Feb. 14, 1910. She was the first of nine children and lived with her parents, Thomas M. and Anna C. Attleson on a farm near Verndale. She was baptized on March 27, 1910 in St. Paul's Church in Verndale. She graduated from Verndale High School in 1929 and from there went on to Minneapolis Business College. When funds ran out for her schooling, she came back to Verndale and worked in the local grocery store.
In 1930, she married Arnold Grewe and they resided on a farm in Bartlett Township near Verndale. They had two children, Shirley and Norma. In 1974, Arnold and Gladys retired and moved to Bertha, where she was active in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, the Senior Citizens Center, Sewing Club and Retired Senior Volunteer Program. She received many awards for her service to the Bertha community residents. She loved playing cards with her many friends in Bertha, and kept her hands busy with beautiful embroidery. Arnold passed away in 1987, and in 2002, Gladys moved to Redwood Falls to be near family.
Gladys' funeral was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, October 26, 2009 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bertha with the Rev. Blake Rickbeil presiding. Burial took place following the service at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery. Pallbearers were Darrell Weber, Glen Hukriede, Jim Utermarck, Patrick Weber, Jeffrey Weber, Daniel Weber, Paul Talley and Kyle Sheehan. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Bertha or to the Sunwood Care Center in Redwood Falls. Domian-Anderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangments (www.domian-anderson.com).
Survivors include her children, Shirley (Darrell) Weber of Lakeville, Minn., and Norma (Glen) Talley-Hukriede of Maple Grove, Minn.; grandchildren, Jane Sheehan of Scottsdale, Ariz., Jim (Sara) Utermarck of Fairmont, Minn., Jennifer (Mark Overend) Utermarck of Richfield, Minn., Patrick (Melissa) Weber of Spirit Lake, Iowa, Jeffrey (Judith) Weber of Golden Valley, Minn., Cynthia Peterson of Richfield, Minn., Daniel (Jennie) Weber of St. Paul, Minn., Paul Talley of Plymouth, Minn., Kristine (Jeffrey) Zick of Alexandria, Minn., Maria (Jeffrey) Weness of Shakopee, Minn., Cherie (Lincoln) Handberg-Davis of Edina, Minn., and Bradley (Gayle) Hukriede of Asotin, Wash.; 10 great-grandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren; and her sister, Noreen Reece of Wadena.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold; parents, Thomas and Anna; brothers, Elmer, Thomas, Noel and Arthur; and sisters, Evelyn, Louise and Mayme.