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Gladys Maria Grimm

Gladys M. Grimm of Norwood Young America entered her eternal rest Feb. 14, 2003 at her home at the age of 88 years and 13 days.

Gladys Maria Dose Grimm was born on February 1, 1915, in Bergen Township, McLeod County, the daughter of Heinrich and Ida (Bathen) Dose. She was baptized February 28, 1915, in the home of her parents by Rev. H.C. Dallman of the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Lester Prairie.

On May 20, 1928, she was confirmed at the Evangelical United Church of Christ in Lester Prairie by Rev. H.B. Witzke. Gladys' father developed cancer in an injury and passed away on June 10, 1928. Her mother continued farming for a time and later moved to Lester Prairie.

Gladys attended the District 5 Bergen Township rural school, and for one year she attended the Lester Prairie High School. She then worked as a hired girl on different farms near Lester Prairie and Glencoe.

On April 30, 1933, Gladys was united in marriage with Elmer Grimm at Friedens Evangelical County Line Church by the Rev. E.U. Haferman performing the ceremony.

The couple made their home on the farm in Helen Township and worked for Elmer's father until 1937 when they began farming on their own.

Six children were born to the couple, all of whom survived. Gladys enjoyed their family life, attending church, visiting, and working on the farm.

She was a member of the Friedens Women's Guild. Gladys also liked to read newspapers and history, and also had an interest in genealogy.

On March 1, 1973, Elmer passed away at the Waconia Hospital. Gladys was in good health and continued working and living on the farm. She milked cows until about 10 years ago.

In addition to the Women's Guild, she liked to attend the Senior Citizens at Plato and Lester Prairie.

Gladys became very ill Sept. 11, 2002, and was taken to the Glencoe Hospital where she had surgery. She wanted to be at home and began home hospice care in November.

Gladys is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Ida Dose, her husband, Elmer Grimm, brothers Henry, Herbert, and Walter Dose, grandson Christopher, and daughter-in-law Bethanyanne.

Gladys was survived by her six sons, Randall Grimm of Indo, Calif., Leslie Grimm and wife Marcia of Nashua, N.H., Gordon Grimm of Norwood Young America, Dennis Grimm and wife Barbara of Lompoc, Calif., Ivan Grimm and wife Sharon of Wayzata, and Nolan Grimm and wife Deb of Maple Lake.;

grandchildren Christine, Michael, David, Bruce, Mary, Jeffrey, Linda, Benjamin, Jonathan, Jennifer, Derek and Sarah, great grandchildren Stephanie, Joseph, Stevan, Stacey, Richard, Bethanyanne, Denyelle, Marissa, Lauren, Kristin and Matthew; sister Elenora Kuenzel of El Cajon, Calif., sister-in-law Hilda Dose of Lester Prairie, brother and sister-in-law Ben and Irma Grimm of Canyonville, Ore., as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Gladys M. Grimm took place at 11 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2003, at Friedens County Line United Church of Christ of Norwood Young America. Officiating was the Rev. Joseph Clay. The organist was Carol Heuer and the congregational hymns were "What a Friend We Have In Jesus," "What A Fellowship," and "How Great Thou Art."

Serving as casket bearers were Bruce Grimm, Jeffrey Grimm, Linda Grimm, Benjamin Grimm, Stephanie Harvey and Joseph Harvey.

Internment was in the Glencoe City Cemetery. Visitation was held on Sunday evening at the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe.

Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride funeral Chapel in Glencoe.

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