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Gladys Blass

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Gladys Blass
Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Blass, 95, of Spencer, will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Terril. Rev. David Doellinger will officiate the service.

Visitation will take place Thursday starting at 3 p.m., with the family present from 5-7 p.m., at the Warner Funeral Home in Spencer.

Burial will be at North Lawn Memorial Park in Spencer.

Mrs. Blass passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012, at St. Luke Lutheran Home in Spencer.

Gladys Etta Blass was born in Everly, on March 18, 1917 to Thomas and Dena Boyenge Roskens. She graduated from Everly High School in 1933 and attended Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls. She taught in rural schools for six years.

Gladys married Weldon "Bob" Blass April 18, 1941, at the First English Lutheran Church in Spencer. Their early years together were spent farming north of Cornell. They then moved to Spencer and continued farming near Langdon and Fostoria. A farm was purchased west of Terril in 1951, where they raised their five children. In 1983, they moved to a permanent residence on Enderson's Canal in Wahpeton, where Gladys continued to live prior to moving to Riverview Terrace in June 2012. For more than 30 years, she and Bob enjoyed wintering in McAllen, Texas.

Gladys enjoyed crocheting, playing cards and Scrabble, writing poetry, flower gardening and bird watching. With her faith in God and love of Christ being the mainstay of her life, she spent much time actively involved at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Terril, where she taught Sunday school, confirmation classes, Vacation Bible School and held offices in the Ladies Aid and the Spencer Zone LWML.

She passed away peacefully at the St. Luke Nursing Home on October 23, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her husband Weldon, who passed away October 19, 1999; her parents; two brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her children, Judy Burke of Denver, Colo., Mary Jane (Dean) Peterson of Hartley, Sally Iverson of St. Paul, Minn., Jim (Lynne) Blass of Woodbury, Minn. and Nancy (Brent) Carlson of Franktown, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a sister Alma "Tootie" Birchard and sister-in-law, Lois Simmons, both of Spencer; many nieces, nephews; and many friends.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.