Gladys Mae Bengtson, age 93, of Golden Valley, formerly of Dassel, died Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, at the Colonial Acres Health Care Center in Golden Valley.
A memorial service will take place at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel on a later date. Memorial service arrangements are being handled by the Johnson Funeral Home in Dassel.
Gladys was born May 3, 1925, in Kansas City, MO, the daughter of Gunnar and Edna (Carlson) Forsberg. She was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Covenant Church, and was a faithful member of the Evangelical Covenant Church in Dassel for many years, then Salem Covenant Church in New Brighton after moving to Golden Valley.
Gladys grew up in Sioux City, IA, where she graduated from high school. She continued her education by attending North Park Junior College in Chicago, IL.
She was united in marriage to Gordon Bengtson Aug. 27, 1944, in Batavia, IL. The couple made their home in the Minneapolis area while Gordon completed his dental studies, graduating with a Doctorate of Dental Studies degree (DDS).
While Gordon attended school, Gladys was employed as secretary for the vice president of the University of Minnesota from 1944 until 1946.
In 1946, Gladys and Gordon moved to Dassel, where they raised their four children.
Gladys was an active member in her church family, and faithfully attended Bible study and served in her local church.
She loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren, and especially enjoyed sporting events and cheering on the Minnesota Vikings and Minnesota Gophers.
Gladys will be missed by her family and her friends.
She is survived by her husband, Gordon Bengtson of Golden Valley; her children, Trudy (Len) Sis of Aurora, IL; Susan (Glenn) Behnke of Rantoul, IL; Dennis (Kathleen) Bengtson of Cornelius, NC; and Jennifer (Michael) Pan of Long Lake; eight grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; and two brothers, Clarence Forsberg and Charles Forsberg.