Gladys Denise Menard, 98, of Crookston, Minnesota, died
Sunday morning, April 7, 2013.

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
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: