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Gladys Rierson (Reierson)

Birthplace: Leland, Winnebago County, Iowa, United States
Death: July 19, 2006 (99)
Eagle Grove, Wright County, Iowa, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Henry John Reierson and Hilda Regina Reierson
Wife of Bernold Opheim
Mother of Lyle Eugene "Stub" Eugene Opheim; Richard Marcus Opheim; George Bruce Opheim; Roger Opheim and Private
Sister of Reinhard Reierson; Ellen S Reierson; Hazel Amanda Reierson; Sylvan L. Reierson; Arthur O Reierson and 7 others

Managed by: Terje Hovde
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About Gladys Rierson

Gladys Rierson, daughter of Henry and Hilda (Langerud) Rierson was born November 6, 1906 at the family home in Leland, Iowa. Raised as one of 13 children, she was baptized and confirmed at West Prairie Lutheran Church in Leland. The family moved to Livermore when she was a young girl. In 1924, on her 18th birthday, she married Bernold Opheim to which five sons were born, Roger, Lyle, Richard, Dennis, and George. They resided on their farm east of Bode from the time of their marriage until Bernold's death in 1964. While on the farm she enjoyed her flower garden and raised chickens. In 1965, she moved to Buffalo Center and in 1971 she married Nels Ellingson. Following the death of Nels, she remained in Buffalo Center in good health until December 2000 when she moved to The Meadows in Clarion and later the Rotary Ann Assisted Living in Eagle Grove where she passed away on the morning of July 19, 2006, at the age of 99 years and 7 months. Gladys was a member of St Olaf Lutheran Church in Bode and Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Buffalo Center. Those who will cherish her memory include her two sons and three daughters-in-law; Roger and his wife June of West Des Moines; Dennis of Madison, Alabama; Nancy of Sergeant BLuff, and Juanita of Dows; 44 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great grandchildren; sister Ada Gentle of Florida; as well as nieces and nephews; and her friends. She is preceded in death by her husband, Bernold; her second husband Nels; her three sons, Lyle, Richard, and George; one granddaughter Kathryn Opheim Spurgeon; 11 siblings as well as other relatives and friends.

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Gladys Rierson's Timeline

November 6, 1906
Leland, Winnebago County, Iowa, United States
July 28, 1925
Age 18
Bode, Humboldt County, Iowa, United States
September 19, 1927
Age 20
Bode, Humboldt County, Iowa, United States
November 20, 1929
Age 23
Iowa, United States
December 3, 1935
Age 29
Fort Dodge, Webster County, Iowa, United States
July 19, 2006
Age 99
Eagle Grove, Wright County, Iowa, United States