Gladys Westburg

Gladys Westburg Gladys Geraldine Amelia Westburg was born on September 15, 1911, in Clay County, South Dakota to the late Elmer and Selma (Anderson) Peterson. She was baptized into the Christian faith in September 1911 and was later confirmed at the Dalesburg Evangelical Luth-eran Church in rural Clay County. She received her early education at the country grade school in rural Clay County. It was here where Gladys met the love of her life. There was a fire in the grade school and Orvin was there to pull her to safety. After completing grade school she went on to graduate from Vermillion High School in 1929. She continued her education by attending Nurses Training at the Lutheran Hospital in Sioux City, IA and became a Registered Nurse. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Monday, July 21, at the American Lutheran Church Chapel, Windom, MN, with the Rev. Stephen Norby officiating. Inurnment will be held at Green Acres Cemetery in Mesa, AZ at a later date. Lacanne Family Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. On December 30, 1932, Gladys was united in marriage to Orvin Westburg at the Dalesburg Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Clay County. This marriage was blessed with two children, Gale and Dareen. Gladys and Orvin lived in rural Clay County and later moved into the town of Vermillion in 1960. In that same year she wrote her National Boards in anesthesia and became a Board Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. For many years, Gladys worked as the Director of Nursing at the Dakota Hospital in Vermillion. She was also involved in the building and development of the Dakota Nursing Home on land adjacent to the hospital. She served as Director of Nursing there for many years. She served on many committees and held many offices in both the state and national Nurse Anesthetists Associations, including two terms as President of the state association. After 45 years as a nurse and anesthetist Gladys retired in 1976. In 1977, she moved to Mesa, AZ and in 1996 she moved to Remmick Ridge in Windom to be closer to her family. On July 15, 2008, Gladys passed away at the Sogge Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Windom at the age of 96 years and 10 months. Wherever she lived, Gladys was very involved in her church. Through the years she had taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School, sang in the choir, and took an active part in all of the women��?s organizations. She was an avid scholar of the Bible and memorized many parts of it. She loved serving her Lord in any capacity, but especially en- joyed leading Bible studies throughout her life. Her knowledge and depth of understanding of the scriptures served as an inspiration to many wherever she went. Gladys will be remembered for many things in life including her beautiful needlework, her many travels, her enjoyment of nature and camping, her independent spirit, her constant quest for knowledge and learning but most of all her great love for her family and especially her grandchildren. Gladys is survived by one son Gale Westburg and his wife, Mirth, of Sioux Falls, SD; one daughter Dareen Stucke and her husband, Lloyd, of Mesa, AZ; five grandchildren, Kevin Westburg and his wife, Kerri, of Alexandria, VA, Thomas Stucke and his wife, Debra, of San Mateo, CA, Todd Stucke of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, Tanya Woltmann and her husband, Steve, of Lisle, IL, Troy Stucke and his wife, Darcy, of Missoula, MT; and ten great-grandchildren. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Orvin in May of 1994, her parents, three brothers, two sisters, and one grandson, Kyle Westburg.

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