Gladys Skjeveland, 99, Brownsdale

Published 8:47 am Saturday, August 20, 2011

A memorial service for Gladys Harriet Skjeveland will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011, at the United Methodist Church, 102 Pleasant St. E. in Brownsdale with the Rev. Sharon Goetzinger officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Inurnment will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Brownsdale.

Gladys Harriet Skjeveland, 99, of Brownsdale passed away on Aug. 6, 2011, at Field Crest Care Center in Hayfield.

Gladys was born on Oct. 9, 1911, the daughter of Oscar and Ovedia (Olson) Dammen in Albert Lea. From the age of 8 she was raised by her uncle Joe and aunt Clara Miller of Paul, Idaho. She attended rural grade school, graduated from Paul High School, and attended two years at Albion Normal School. She taught first through third grades in a Paul rural school for two years. In 1933, she returned to Minnesota and married Lynn Skjeveland on June 20, 1934, in Northwood. Lynn died on Oct. 24, 1992. Gladys was a member of the United Methodist Church in Brownsdale and a member of the Brownsdale Birthday Club. Gladys was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her friends at Friendship Village. She loved fishing, traveling and would jump at an invitation to do either. She also liked playing Scrabble, cards and delighted in winning at both. She always joined in the annual tradition of making lefsa. In earlier years she was active in the Milwaukee Road Women’s Club. In later years she enjoyed her role as the wise sage of the family and was always ready to share her thoughts and humor. She will be greatly missed and forever loved.

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Gladys is survived by four daughters, Rena Perrigo, Brownsdale; Carol Tumilson, Rayville, La.; Kathleen Rosenberg, Elysian; Valarie (Richard) Kohn, Cumberland, Wis.; two sons, Claire (Karen) Skjeveland, Cottage Grove; Ronald (Cheryl) Skjeveland, Austin; 24 grandchildren; 60 great grandchildren and 18 great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Lynn; one son, Lynn Joseph in 1961, two great-great granddaughters, one great-great grandson, and two brothers. In lieu of flowers the family prefers memorials to the United Methodist Church roofing fund. Czaplewski Family Funeral Home in Brownsdale is in charge of arrangements.