June 10, 1917-Nov. 28, 2012
WOOD LAKE - Services for Gladys Lorraine Phinney, 95, of Wood Lake will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Rock Valle Lutheran Church, rural Echo. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday at Sunset Funeral Home in Echo. Visitation will continue from 10-11 a.m. Thursday at Rock Valle Lutheran Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Burial for Janice Phinney, daughter of Gladys and Merl, will take place immediately after her mother's. The Sunset Funeral & Cremation Association of Echo and Wabasso is in charge of the arrangements for the family.
She died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, at the Golden Living Center/Lake Ridge in Roseville.
Gladys Lorraine Phinney was born June 10, 1917, to Edward and Thea (Edwards) Peterson in Canby. She was baptized and confirmed at First English Lutheran Church in Canby and graduated from Canby High School in 1935, where she also attended normal school for teacher's training. After graduation, Gladys taught in rural schools for six years. In 1941, after WWII started, Gladys attended Radio and Electronic School in Minneapolis for three months, where she learned Morse code and mechanics and then attended St. Louis University to continue studying for another three months. Following this, she taught Morse code to soldiers at Sioux Falls Air Base until civilian teachers were replaced in 1944. She then assisted her three brothers with bookwork for their farm and trucking business.
In 1946 Gladys met Merl Phinney after he returned from the army, and they were married on Dec. 7, 1947, in Canby. They lived on a farm in the Wood Lake area where Gladys was a homemaker. In 1961 Gladys and Merl built and moved to a new house about a mile from their previous farm house. Gladys and Merl were members of the Rock Valle Lutheran Church in Echo where Gladys was secretary and treasurer of the Ladies Aid for many years.
Gladys and Merl enjoyed traveling, dancing, card club, spending time at their lake home near Villard and socializing with family and friends. Gladys was also an avid crossword puzzle fan. Although the last few years were difficult with dementia and cancer, Gladys always maintained a good sense of humor and a strong spirit.
Survivors include her children, Leanne (and Mark Schultz) Phinney and Jay Phinney of Minneapolis; sisters, Hazel Adkins of Canby and Alta Mae Krant of Glencoe; and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Merl, daughter, Janice Phinney, three brothers, Conrad, Elroy and Archie Peterson, and a sister, Mildred Ludtke.
Blessed be her memory.