Gladys Ilene Lysen

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Gladys Ilene Lysen

September 20, 1924 - June 14, 2018

Gladys Ilene Lysen, 93, of Benson, Minnesota, died Thursday, June 14, 2018, at Gabriel House in Murdock.  
Visitation was from 5-7 p.m., followed by a Prayer Service at 7 p.m., Monday, June 18, 2018, at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ in Benson.  Visitation continued from 1-2 p.m., followed by the Funeral Service at 2 p.m., Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at the church.  Interment was in the Benson City Cemetery.  

Gladys Ilene Lysen was born September 20, 1924 to Ernest and Mayme (Gainey) Gunderson in Benson.  She was baptized and confirmed at the Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ.  Gladys grew up in Benson Township and attended country school through the eighth grade.

March 14, 1944, she was united in marriage to Donald Lysen by Pastor Dickson at Pilgrim Congregational United Church of Christ.  This union was blessed with more than 66 years of marriage, three sons, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  Gladys and Donald lived on the family farm in Langhei Township, Pope County where she was a housewife, milked cows and worked in the field.  She also worked at the Ben Franklin Store.  Gladys was a member of Ladies Aid and the Homemakers Club.  She loved playing cards, dancing, and playing scrabble.

Gladys died on Thursday, June 14, 2018, at the Gabriel House in Murdock.  She attained the age of 93 years, 8 months and 25 days.

She is survived by her children: Eugene (LeAnn) Lysen of Benson, Jerome (Linda) Lysen of Benson; daughter-in-law, Marilynn Lysen of Glenwood; grandchildren: Kristi (James) Hendershot of Columbia, MD,  Andrea (Peter) Etterman of Willmar, Karla (Shawn) Petermann of Alexandria, Leah (Jeremy) Pfeifer of New London, and John (Becky) Lysen of Benson; great-grandchildren: Alex and Natalie Woolwine; Sam and Grace Etterman; Caden, Jack and Hudson Pfeifer; and Kaitlynn, Ella and Johnna Lysen; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Gladys was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest and Mayme Gunderson; her husband, Donald, January 28, 2011; son, Steven,  January 14, 2015; sister, Iva Belgum; and brothers, Lyle and Lloyd Gunderson.  

Blessed be the memory of Gladys Ilene Lysen.

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Arrangements were with Zniewski Funeral Home.

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