Gladys Ann Skaare Winter |

Gladys Ann Skaare Winter

Gladys Ann Skaare Winter was born Aug. 13, 1926 in Clear Lake, Iowa to John and Celia Eggum Skaare. She grew up on a farm near Rake, Iowa, attended school in Rake, and graduated in 1944 from high school. She taught school in a one-room school, Lincoln #5, from 1944 to 1946 and at Lincoln #4 from 1946 to 1948. Both were rural schools located near her home. On June 27, 1948 she was united in marriage to Alvin Roger Winter in Rake, Iowa.

Gladys was baptized on Sept. 7, 1926 at Forest-Zion Evangelical Lutheran Parish in Thompson, Iowa. She was confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Rake, Iowa. During her married life she attended Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Buffalo Center where she served in many ways, including teaching Sunday school and involvement with the ladies circle and ladies aide.

Gladys worked as a bookkeeper at the Farmer’s Cooperative Elevator in Buffalo Center. She completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Mankato State. She taught kindergarten in Lakota, Iowa for several years. In 1967, she began teaching kindergarten in Buffalo Center where she retired in 1988. She taught with dedication and passion. She remembered and talked to her students, and enjoyed hearing where they were and what they were doing. “Everything you need to know, you learn in kindergarten.”

In 1990, she and Alvin moved to Battlement Mesa, Colorado and she was a member of the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rifle. She was a true hostess with a humble, giving spirit who was always concerned about others. Many Norwegian meals were served around her dining room table. When her eyesight permitted, she enjoyed crafts and cross-stitch, as well as reading, bowling, traveling, attending Bible studies, and spending time with family and friends. Her optimistic, never complain attitude will be remembered.

Gladys is survived by her daughter, MaryAnn and son-in-law, David Tonder; stepgrandchildren, Jeff and Geri; great-grandchildren, Justin (Cici), Lyndsey, Jared, Alisha, Erica, Tony, and Tyler; 5 great-great grandchildren; and siblings, Arlene (Jake) Winter, Inez (Bob) Liverca, Lois (Wayne) Hayes, Jerry (Sharyon) Skaare and Carol Gossman; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ann Patterson, Marion Winter and Lloyd Gray; and 28 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; her parents, John and Celia Skaare; mother and father-in-law, Jake and Mary Winter; brothers, James Skaare and Ronald Skaare; sisters-in-law, Sharon Gray and Gloria Winter; brothers-in-law, John R. Winter, Richard Winter and Lyle Patterson; niece, Cheryl Liverca; and nephews, Craig Winter, Keith Winter, and Dennis Winter.

A funeral will be held April 29, 2014 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Rifle, followed by a graveside memorial at Battlement Mesa Cemetery.

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