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Gladys Hazel Ehrke

Gladys Hazel Ehrke, of Glencoe, entered her eternal rest Aug. 26, 2002, at the Glencoe Regional Health Services at the age of 71 years, five months, and eight days.

Gladys was born the daughter of Arthur and Blanche (Friauf) Vorlicek March 18, 1931, in Hale Township.

She was baptized May 22, 1941, at the Czech Brethren Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake by the Rev. Mrazek. Gladys was confirmed at the same church May 20, 1945, also by the Rev. Mrazek.

Gladys attended elementary school at District 46 in McLeod County and graduated as valedictorian of her class in Silver Lake June 2, 1949.

Gladys was united in marriage with Earl Ehrke May 9, 1950, at the Presbyterian Church in Silver Lake by the Rev. W. Fischer. Gladys and Earl made their home for many years in section 11 and section 17 of Bergen Township.

In the community, Gladys was chairman of the Bergen Community Chest, secretary and treasurer of the Pla-Mor Dancers, and member of Western Fraternal in Hutchinson.

As a member of the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Lester Prairie, Gladys had been the Sunday School superintendent, sang in the choir, and served at various times as president, vice president, secretary, and treasurer of the Women's Guild.

For enjoyment, Gladys spent time canning, gardening, growing flowers, quilting, doing crafts, fishing, listening to music, dancing, attending jam sessions, traveling (abroad and in-state), bird watching, cooking, and making kolaches.

Gladys' greatest love was enjoying her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Art and Blanche Vorlicek; sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Harold Hlavka; and her in-laws, Fred and Ida Ehrke.

She is survived by her husband, Earl Ehrke of Glencoe; daughter, Denise (Kurt) Landin of Glencoe; sons, Douglas (Suzanne) Ehrke of Glencoe and Mark Ehrke of Vancouver, Canada;

grandchildren: Brian Landin of Eagan, Karen (Jason) Hecksel of Howard Lake, Sharon Landin of Hutchinson, Christine Kriz (and special friend Maurice Dammann) of Glencoe; Daniel (Kristal) Ehrke of Chanhassen, Carrie (Aaron) Noeldner of Silver Lake, Thomas Ehrke (and fiancé Kaily Maki) of Ennis, Texas;

great-grandchildren, Andrea Nelson, Taylor Kriz, Brooke Noeldner and Hunter Noeldner; sister, Evelyn (Gary) Esping of Woodbury;

brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law Edna Fenske of Lester Prairie, Walter and Dallas Ehrke of Lester Prairie, Clarence and Ramona Ehrke of Lester Prairie, Doris and Orville Gatz of Wayzata, as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, jam session members, and numerous friends.

Funeral services for Gladys Hazel Ehrke were Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at 1:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Glencoe.

Officiating was the Rev. Penny Entringer. The pianist was Franklin Vorlicek and he also accompanied Connie Viesselman as she sang "Children of the Heavenly Father" and "Amazing Grace."

Other musical selections provided by Jam Session members were "Waltz of the Angels," "Just A Closer Walk With Thee," "Precious Memories," "In The Garden," and "Suppertime."

Serving as casket bearers were Brian Landin, Karen Hecksel, Sharon Landin, Christine Kriz, Daniel Ehrke, Carrie Noeldner, and Thomas Ehrke.

Honorary casket bearers were Jason Hecksel, Maurice Dammann, Kristal Ehrke, Aaron Noeldner, Kaily Maki, Andrea Nelson, Taylor Kriz, Brooke Noeldner, and Hunter Noeldner.

Visitation was Wednesday evening at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.

Interment was in the Bohemian National Cemetery in rural Silver Lake.

Arrangements were with the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake.

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