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Gladys Lillian Bartels, 87, of Glencoe

Gladys Lillian (Gruer) Bartels, 87, of Glencoe, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2017, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 19, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe with the Rev. Ronald Mathison officiating. Dawn Wolter was the organist. Soloist Christian Nielsen sang “Softly and Tenderly” and “The Old Rugged Cross.” Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace” and “I Know That My Redeemer Lives.”
Casket bearers were Joseph Callahan, Jason Callahan, Nathan Hutton, Chris Anderson, James Bettcher and Jon Ortloff.
Interment was in the church cemetery.
Gladys Lillian (Gruer) Bartels was born March 29, 1929, in New Auburn, the daughter of Ernest and Lillie (Wolff) Gruer. She was baptized as an infant on April 28, 1929, by the Rev. E. Kolbe at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe, and was confirmed in her faith as a youth on April 9, 1944, by the Rev. W.F. Mueller at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Auburn. She received her education in Glencoe, graduating with the Stevens Seminary class of 1948.
On Sept. 10, 1950, she was united in marriage to Leslie Bartels by the Rev. William Mueller at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Auburn. They made their home in St. Paul after Mr. Bartels returned from military service. In 1955, they bought a farm in northern Sibley County. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Gary, Gloria and Debra. The couple shared over 60 years of marriage before Mr. Bartels’ death on Jan. 5, 2011.
In addition to being a loving wife, mother and homemaker, Mrs. Bartels worked alongside her husband on the family farm. She also worked at Lindy’s Café in Glencoe. She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glencoe. She also was a member of and served in various leadership positions in First Lutheran Ladies Aid and the New Auburn VFW Auxiliary. As a hog producer along with her husband, she was active in the Sibley County Pork Producers and was a leader in the Weeping Willows 4-H Club. She was honored as a Gold Star Mother following the loss of her son in the Vietnam War.
She enjoyed fishing, vegetable and flower gardening, and dancing to old-time music. She had a special fondness for her chickens and geese. She and her husband loved spending winters in Naples, Florida, for 17 years, where they acquired a wood-carving hobby. Mr. Bartels carved hundreds of animals and Mrs. Bartels helped with the design and finish work. Two highlight trips of her life were a 50th wedding anniversary visit to Washington, D.C., and a six-month stay in Thailand with her daughter and son-in-law where, at age 82, she rode an elephant. Her great family meals, quick offers to help those in need, warm smile, and deep-held values will be remembered by family and friends.
She is survived by her daughters and their husbands, Gloria and David Callahan of Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Debra and Algene Gilberts of Hutchinson; grandchildren, Joseph (Julie) Callahan of Kensington, Jason (Esther) Callahan of New Hope and Hanna (Nathan) Hutton of New Prague; step-grandchildren, Christine (Matt) Hartwig of Cannon Falls and Kimberly Aronson of Northfield; great-grandchildren, Brittany Dean and Brody Hutton; step-great-grandchildren, Steven Aronson, Caitlin Callahan, Christian Callahan, Alissa (Darrin) Steffins, Mitchell Maanum and Jamie Hartwig; step-great-great-grandchild, Vera Steffens; sister, Pearl (Kenneth) Ortloff of Glencoe; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Verda (Ed) Scheele of Marshall, Marvin (Pat) Bartels of North Platte, Nebraska, and Lewis Bettcher of Lester Prairie; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Lillie Gruer; husband, Leslie Bartels; son, Gary Bartels; sisters, Marlys Anderson and Elizabeth Bettcher; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Rosa and Leonard Gebhardt Mildred and Albin Stenzel, Mabel Tabaka and her husbands Stan and Clarence LaMott, Karl and Helen Bartels, and Ramona and John Oxborough.
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.