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  • OBITUARY: Gladys Denise Menard

  • Gladys Denise Menard, 98, of Crookston, Minnesota, died
    Sunday morning, April 7, 2013.
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  • Gladys Denise Menard, 98, of Crookston, Minnesota, died
    Sunday morning, April 7, 2013, at the Villa St. Vincent
    Nursing Home in Crookston. Gladys was comforted by having
    all five of her children at her bedside as she slept away.
    She was born at Eldred on Dec. 28, 1914, one of twelve children
    of the union of Joseph and Julia (Farley) Boucher. She grew up at Eldred and was baptized and confirmed at St. Anne's Catholic Church in Crookston. Gladys attended the Eldred Consolidated
    School and St. Joseph's Academy in Crookston.
    In 1934, she began working at the Bridgeman Creamery in
    Crookston, and was employed there for ten years. On May 5,
    1942 Gladys was united in marriage to Gerard G."Minnie" Menard at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Together, Gladys and Min raised five
    children, and made their home in Crookston all their married
    lives. After spending several years as a busy wife, mom, and
    homemaker, in 1967 Gladys began working for Gary Luckow
    at Scandinavian Products making lefsa. She worked there for
    six years and when she left 'it took two people to replace her.'
    Sadly, Min passed away on October 6, 1992.
    Gladys was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate
    Conception parish, and a charter member of the Catholic
    Daughters. She also held memberships in the Lady Foresters,
    St. Joseph's Club, and the St. Anne's Sodality. For many years
    Gladys was active in the auxiliaries of the American Legion,
    VFW, Disabled American Veterans, Eagles, and Villa St.
    Vincent. She was a very kind, soft-spoken lady; always there
    to help when needed. She attended Mass daily for many
    years, and lived her faith everyday of her life. Her children
    and their families are grateful to have been a part of her life
    and she will be very lovingly remembered and sadly missed.
    Gladys is survived by her 5 children: Janelle Menard of
    Grand Forks, ND, Kathleen (David) Brule of Gentilly, MN,
    Gary (Susan) Menard of Crookston, Gail (Dwain) Carlson of
    Fertile, MN, and Bonita "Bonnie" Olson of Crookston; 15
    grandchildren; 38 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-greatgrandchildren. Her loss will be mourned by her many nieces
    and nephews, including a special niece, Carol "Cookie"
    Evenson, who saw to many of Gladys' needs during the last
    years of her life. In addition to her beloved husband of 50
    years, Min, Gladys was preceded in death by an infant son,
    Steven Joseph, who died on April 29, 1953; her parents; 4
    brothers and their spouses: David (Noella), Leo (Fabiola),
    infant Arthur, and Harry (Mildred) Boucher; and 7 sisters and
    Page 2 of 2 - their spouses: Vitaline Holter (Jack) Murray, Valerie (Bill)
    Boerjan, Dora Ristau (Leo Patenaude), infant Henrietta, Ida
    (Carl) Arness (Max Kasprick) , Rosabelle "Pit" (Henry) Buce, and Emily Berglund. May God bless Gladys' memory.
    The Mass of Christian Burial for Gladys Denise Menard
    will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, April 11, 2013, at the
    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with The Rev.
    Vincent Miller, presiding. Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-
    Houske Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m., with
    a 7 p.m. prayer service, and also at the church for one hour
    prior to the funeral. Interment will be in the Calvary
    Cemetery, Crookston.
    Online registry: stenshoelhouske.com
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