Gladys Andersen Wilde, age 96, of Lewisville. She passed away peacefully at her son’s home surrounded by family on December 28, 2020. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic restrictions, masks are required and social distancing will be enforced. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2021 at Zaharia Funeral Home in Truman, MN with Pastor John Bennett officiating. Visitation one hour prior. Burial will be at Nashville Cemetery, rural Truman. Zaharia Family Funeral Home in Truman is entrusted with arrangements. www.ZahariaFamilyFuneral.com
Gladys is the daughter of John and Elizabeth (Rossiter) McAlister and was born in rural Thompson, Iowa. She was a graduate of Thompson High School and Spencer Business College in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She worked as a legal secretary, as a quality control and line worker at Stokely Van Camp, and as a nursing assistant at the Lutheran Retirement Home in Truman. She truly loved working with elderly people.
Gladys was a member of the Willow Creek Lutheran Church and the Dorcas Society. She was also a member of the Sewing Club of Lewisville. Gladys had many hobbies including gardening, cooking, baking, canning, embroidery, knitting and crocheting. She made many baby afghans for the new babies of family and friends.
In 1942, she was united in marriage to Thomas Andersen of Fairmont, who was in the Army at the time. To this union 5 children were born. Thomas passed away in 1976. In 1991, she married Ronald Wilde, of rural Amboy, she gained 2 Stepsons. Ronald passed away in 2002.
Gladys is survived by two sons, Dwight (Crystal) Andersen of Fairmont, and Rodney (Denise) Andersen of Carver; two daughters, Elizabeth Andersen (Partner Jim Holt) of San Jose, CA and Janee (Douglas) Hansgaard of Gold Canyon, AZ; one stepson, James (Mary) Wilde of Amboy; 21 grandchildren; 29 great grandchildren; son-in-law John Lehman of Sunny Vale CA; step daughter-in-law Cheryl Wilde of Fulda, many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, Gladys was preceded in death by husbands, Thomas Andersen and Ronald Wilde; daughter Charmaine Lehman; stepson, Dennis Wilde; sisters Lela Long, Lula Thayer, Thelma McAlister, Amelia Graves and Jean Johanson and step-granddaughter Jody (Wilde Wolf) Volk.
The family requests memorials be directed to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Willow Creek.
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