Oct. 24, 1918 - May 28, 2013
Gladys Mae Erickson Emanuel, 94, of Winona, died Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Adith Miller Manor, where she resided for five years. Gladys was born Oct. 24, 1918, to Douglas and Louise (Einsweiler) Erickson, in Chisholm, Minn. She lived in Winona for 64 years.
Gladys graduated from Chisholm High School in 1936. She attended Duluth State Teachers College where she was a cheerleader, and where she met her future husband, Joseph Emanuel, of Keewatin, Minn. In 1940, Gladys graduated from Duluth with a degree in history and certification to teach elementary and high school. In fall 1940, she began teaching grade school in Cromwell, Minnesota.
Gladys was married June 12, 1943, in Paris, Texas, near Camp Maxey, where Joe was stationed with the army prior to service in Europe during World War II. Gladys was fond of saying that she and Joe were married in Paris. The couple remained married and in love for 64 years.
In 1947, Gladys moved to Havre, Mont., where Joe taught at Northern Montana College. Her son, Douglas, was born there in 1948. The next year, the family moved to Winona, where Gladysí sister, Annabelle Korda, lived. Joe taught biology at Winona State College, later Winona State University, for 33 years. Gladys became a strong Winona State booster. She had three more sons and was a devoted mother of four boys, all raised in Winona.
Gladys joined Central United Methodist Church, now Wesley United Methodist, in 1949. She was active for many years in the congregationís morning circle service group, as well as the funeral committee. Joe was Catholic, but the couple often worked together on fundraisers for the Methodist church, including the popular, annual Lumberjack Stew. Gladys also worked on her churchís Christmas cookie sales and in other capacities. Her faith and her church were always a vital part of Gladysí life.
Gladys did substitute teaching in Winona public schools and worked seasonally at Choates department store for many years. Beginning in 1954, she was a member of P.E.O. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for more than forty years. Gladys and Joe were active in retired faculty groups at Winona State, where they established a scholarship for WSU biology students. Gladys and Joe were honored with induction into the WSU Medallion Society for longtime service and support.
Gladys had a sunny personality and was a loyal friend. Throughout her long life, she loved people and made friends easily. She loved music, having learned hymns, popular songs and patriotic songs from World War I at her fatherís side. Gladys is survived by her sons, Douglas Emanuel of Winona; Richard Emanuel, daughter-in-law, Julie Dumoulin and granddaughter, Nicole Emanuel of Anchorage, Alaska; Donald Emanuel of Great Falls, Mont.; grandson, Andrew and granddaughter-in-law, Jessica Emanuel of Livingston, Mont.; Dean, daughter-in-law, Heidi and granddaughter, Alyse Emanuel, of Minneapolis; sister, Annabelle Korda, of Northfield, Minn.; also nieces and cousins. Gladys was preceded in death by her husband and parents, her brother, Douglas Erickson, Jr., brother-in-law, Lawrence Korda, and niece, Joy Korda Schaeffer.
Services to remember Gladys will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, June 1, 2013, at Wesley United Methodist Church, Winona, with Rev. Dale Arendt officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Minn.
Visitation will be at the church on Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Donations in memory of Gladys are welcome to the Joe and Gladys Emanuel Scholarship Fund for biology students at Winona State University, or to Winona Health Hospice. The family extends grateful thanks to the staff of Adith Miller Manor, at Winona Health, for exceptionally compassionate care of Gladys since 2008, and to the staff of Winona Health Hospice for humane, supportive care during Gladysí final illness.
Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona. Words of sympathy and remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com.