Evangeline Gwost

obit - Gwost, VangieEvangeline Vangie Gwost, age 99, of Little Falls, passed away Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013, at St. Ottos Care Center in Little Falls.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, Dec. 23, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Little Falls, with Fr. Joseph Herzing officiating. Interment was in the parish cemetery.
Evangeline Vangie Merchlewicz was born Aug. 2, 1914, in Little Falls, the daughter of Joseph and Frances (Sniezek) Merchlewicz. She grew up in Little Falls and graduated from Little Falls High School, Class of 1932. Following her schooling, she worked for the Farm Security Administration in Little Falls and across northwestern Minnesota. During World War II, she was a court reporter at Camp Ripley. She was engaged to George Gwost before he went to serve during the War in the Pacific. Upon his return, the couple was married April 10, 1945, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. During their honeymoon, they went to the Busch Gardens in St. Louis. It was there they got their initial inspiration to start a rose garden which grew to 500 bushes in their retirement. Vangie worked as a professional secretary for many companies in Little Falls and retired from Morrison County Social Services. Her retirement was short lived and she began working at the Morrison County Record as a proofreader. She was soon asked to begin a cooking column, Whats Cookin In The County, which she began in 1981 and continued until her second retirement in 1996. Vangies commitment to her church was life-long. She began playing the organ in the third grade and played until 2002. She and George were life-long members of the Senior Choir. She also played at St. Ottos for 10 years. Vangie was instrumental in the launch of the basement remodeling committee which she co-chaired with her husband, George. They published a cookbook, which she co-edited with Geri Wotzka, to fund the basement renovation. Vangie enjoyed working, cooking, flower gardening, was famous for her kolaches, dancing, music and with George, hosted many parties in their backyard log cabin. Vangie lived for the past eight years as a resident in St. Ottos and before that the Harmony House for five years. She passed away peacefully while listening to Handels Messiah and surrounded by family.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Jeanne (Terry) Bailey of St. Paul, Gerard (Karla) Gwost of Harwood, N.D, Michael (Susan) Gwost of Guemes Island, Wash. and Mary Ann (John) Hennen of Shoreview; grandchildren, Trina (Scott) Uttley, Joshua (Alina) Bailey, Matthew Gwost, Eric Gwost, Andrew (Liz) Gwost, Eugene Gwost, Daniel Gwost, Ivy Gwost, Jessica Hennen and Joseph Hennen; great-grandchildren, Evangeline Evie Uttley, Oscar Bailey, Hugo Bailey and Ross Uttley.
Vangie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George (May 6, 2008); infant daughter, Mary Suzanne; brothers, Vincent, Dominic, John, Jerome Merchlewicz and sisters, Celia Rue, Helen Trebiatowski, Sr. Vincent (Lucille) DePaul, Esther Prestegard and Leona Janousek.

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