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“There are many wonderful memories of Aunt Gladys, but one that was extra special was in the 1980's when I traveled from CA to MN with my mom, Loretta...Read More »
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“Susan and Don, We extend our sympathy to you and your family. May God wrap his arms around you and give you peace and comfort. Keep the good...Read More »
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“To Gladys' family and especially Dick/Jean. Gladys was such a kind lady. Was always so pleasant to me. Lived a long life and raised a good family. I...Read More »
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“A beautiful picture of your Mom.....I hope she left all of you the 'genes' for a long life.....My sympathies to you as I know you'll miss her...Read More »
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“My prayers and sympathies are with you all. My Mom (Emma Schmidt who died in 2007} enjoyed working with Gladys at church functions and always spoke...Read More »
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Gladys Marie Walser, age 103, of Minnesota Lake, MN, died Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Mapleton Community Home in Mapleton, MN. A Memorial Mass will be held July 19, 2019 at 10:30 AM at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Minnesota Lake, MN with Father Greg Havel officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery.

Gladys Marie was born June 28, 1916 in Minnesota Lake, MN, the daughter of John and Wilhelmina (Raimann) Bair. She graduated early from Minnesota Lake Public School, having been advanced a grade in grade school. As a young woman, she worked as a housekeeper and "hired girl" for several families in Minnesota Lake. Gladys drove a Model T and delivered milk in bottles around Minnesota Lake. On December 12, 1941, she secretly eloped and married Henry James Walser at the Catholic Church in St. Clair, MN. Later, they disclosed their marriage and she lived with Henry and his parents on the Walser family farm in Danville Township. She lived there for the rest of her life until she went into assisted living in Mapleton in 2013.

Gladys led the life of a typical farm wife in her era. She was a wonderful mother who made uncountable "trips to town" for her five children so they could participate in school, extracurricular and church activities. Gladys was involved with 4-H when her kids were young. She was a 50 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary and a dedicated member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church who worked at all church suppers and other events. She volunteered at the Kremer House in Minnesota Lake. Gladys enjoyed baking, canning and freezing vegetables, playing cards, crocheting, reading and most especially spending time with her family. She never said an unkind word about anybody.

Gladys is survived by her children: Donald (Susan) Walser of Hutchinson, MN, Richard (Kim) Walser of Minnesota Lake, MN, Kathryn Bray of Kansas City, MO, Jean (Jim) Majeski of Waldorf, MN and Connie (Mike) Carey of Lonsdale, MN; 12 grandchildren: Jill (Josh) Jeatran, Carmen (Jake) McHenry, Chris Carey, Mandy (Kyle) Posthumus, Sarah (Joel) Pederson, Nick Walser, Joe (Jessica) Carey, Clay (Cassandra) Walser, Theresa Majeski (Regis Clougherty), Andrew (Amber) Majeski, Kara Walser and Cullen Walser; 22 great-grandchildren: Owen and Bennett Jeatran; Jett, Miles and Blair McHenry; Lauren and Cale Carey; Henry, Will and Maren Posthumus; Alexis, Noah, Helen, Julia, Maya, Sawyer and Gunnar Pederson; Nick Walser Jr.; Wesley Carey; Olivia, Charles and Adelyn Majeski; brothers-in-law: Charles (Dolores) Walser of Lakeland, FL and Dr. Robert Walser who passed away July 12, 2019; along with many nieces, nephews, and other extended family.

Gladys was preceded in death by her husband Henry, brothers Raymond and Harold (Rosalind) Bair, her beloved younger sister Virginia (Calvin) James, her grandson Bradley Majeski, sisters-in-law: Loretta (Joe) Murray, Margaret Walser and Dorothy Walser.