Gladys Coenen, 99

Gladys Coenen, a resident of Little Falls, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2012, at the Lutheran Care Center in Little Falls.

Funeral services were held Monday, May 7, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Little Falls, with Rachel Flogstad-Heise officiating. Burial was in Elmdale Lutheran Cemetery in Elmdale.

Gladys was born April 24, 1913, in Swan River Township, Morrison County, to the late John O. and Lena (Gregerson) Booth. She grew up on the farm in Swan River Township and attended country school and graduated from Royalton High School. She was united in marriage to Leo W. Coenen, July 24, 1934. The couple made their home in Little Falls where they lived all their married life. Gladys and her husband, Leo, managed the Little Falls Golf Course for several years. They also operated a sewing machine and fabric store in Falls Court in Little Falls. Gladys enjoyed writing, sewing, hosting get-togethers at her home and volunteering many hours at the Lutheran Care Center. She was also involved in the community serving as a guide at the Dewey Radke house, working with the Morrison County Historical Society speaking to students in the area about local history, was a member of the Grey Ladies and served on the Lincoln PTA. She was nominated for “Outstanding Senior Citizen of Morrison County.”

Grateful for having shared her life are her son, Dale (Marlis) Coenen of Little Falls; grandchildren, Amy (David) Main, Michael (Tehout) Coenen, Dennis (Sandi) Dickson, Debbie (DeWayne) Matthews, Dawn (Randy) Golombecki, Diane (Phil) Solem and Denise Silvers; 16 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Leo (1976); daughter, Johnita Dickson (1993); siblings, Clarence Booth, Fredrick Booth and Fern Scepurek.

Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home