Gladys Becker, 92, of South Branch Township, rural St. James, died Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Society in St. James.
Gladys Becker, 92, of South Branch Township, rural St. James, died Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Pleasant View Good Samaritan Society in St. James. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m., Friday, July 7 at St. John's Lutheran Church, South Branch Township, rural St. James, with Rev. Matthew Rusert officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday at Sturm Funeral Home in St. James from 4 to 7 p.m. and one hour before services at the church on Friday. You may send the family condolences online at www.sturmfh.com. Arrangements are with Sturm Funeral Home in St. James.
Gladys was born May 23, 1925 to John J. and Hilma (Pierson) Larson on her parents’ farm in South Branch Township, Watonwan County where she attended first grade at District 14 Country School. At the age of six, Gladys moved with her family to the farm west of St. James. She attended St. James Public Schools, graduating in 1943, and attended Minneapolis Business College 1943 to 1944 and later worked in the office at Scherr-Tumico for two years. On April 26, 1946, Gladys married Marvin Becker at Augustana Lutheran Church where she had been a baptized and confirmed member. Following marriage, Gladys became a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in South Branch Township, where the couple lived all of their married life. Gladys was a member of St. John’s Ladies Aid and the adult choir. She was a charter member of the Primrose Garden Club, a member of the Busy Homemakers Extension Club, an AAL branch officer, and served on the Homestead Cooperative Board. She is known and remembered for her wonderful baking, cooking, canning, gardening, beautiful yardwork, and the many crafts including quilting, knitting and creating handmade Christmas ornaments gifted to many friends and family. In 2001, Gladys left the farm to live at St. James Homestead Cooperative, living there until December of 2016 when she became a resident of Brandt Ridge Assisted Living and in June of 2017 a resident of Pleasant View Care Center.
Gladys is survived by children: Bruce (Paula) Becker of Apple Valley, Kathy (Mic) Grunig of Truman, Karen (Jeff) Silker of Draper, Utah; seven grandchildren: Brent Grunig, Daniel (Brittany) Grunig, Joshua (Mary) Becker, Jenika (Brian) Solheid, Brandon (Maegan) Romsdahl, Erik Romsdahl and fiancee Brittany Wenner, Marissa (Chris) Menssen; eight great-grandchildren: Kellen, Keegan, and Korbin Grunig, Brody and Aubrey Solheid, Laila, Rykerand Dax Romsdahl; sister, LaVonne (Philip) Anderson of St. James; and several nieces, nephews, grand nieces and nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, in 1996; infant son; parents,; sister/brother-in-law, Lorraine and Vincent Olson; brother/sister-in-law, John and Eleanor Larson; and brother, Richard Larson.