- Funeral Date: 9/07/13
- Funeral Time: 11:00 AM
- Date of Birth: 2/16/29
- Date of Death: 9/01/13
- Funeral Location: Little Prairie United Methodist Church
Gloria Helene Lundblad Thomas was born February 16, 1929, on the family farm in Danielson Township, Meeker County, Minnesota, to Holgar and Rhoda (Hansen) Lundblad. She was raised on the family farm near Rosendale and graduate from Grove City High School in 1947. She married John Leland Thomas on May 14, 1949, at the Untied Methodist Church in Atwater. After marriage they lived in Litchfield until moving to Northfield in 1959. Gloria was a stay-at-home mother and in later years developed her skills in furniture upholstering. She worked for Finger’s Upholstering prior to venturing out on her own. She retired in 2001 and John passed away on June 4, 2007.
Gloria was a member of Little Prairie UMC where she had been active over the years and spent many years as a leader for Full-O-Pep 4-H Club. She enjoyed reading, playing cards, and following her children and grandchildren in their school athletics and activities. She generously volunteer her time and was always there when needed.
Survivors include 5 children and their spouses: Bonnie of Northfield, Lonnie and Theresa of Brainerd, Kim and Ken Taylor of Northfield, Jim and Barb of Firth, Idaho, Corey and Carla of Northfield; 14 grandchildren: Tanya (Allen) Schaefer, Tyler (Kate) Thomas, Nathan Thomas, Chuck (Brenda) Taylor, Melissa (Donny) Reuvers, Carl (Natalie) Taylor, Casey Taylor, Jess (Zane) Pepos, Dani (Barry) Simms, Mandy Campbell, Roy Campbell, Courtney Thomas, Cassie Thomas, Chase Thomas; 13 great-grandchildren: Mikka, Rhys, Henry, Amelia, Simon, Andy, Kaitlyn, Lindsey, Allison, Cameron, Jack, Caleb, Riley, Kinley; 2 sisters: Adeline (Elgene) Bomstad of Park Rapids, Evelyn Czech of Plymouth; nieces, nephews, other relative and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
Gloria passed away Sunday morning, September 1, 2013, at the Evergreen Lodge on the Northfield Retirement Community campus, at the age of 84.
A celebration of Gloria’s life will be held at 11:00AM Saturday, September 7, 2013, at Little Prairie United Methodist Church, rural Dundas, with Rev. Shawna Horn officiating. Interment will be in Ft. Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Visitation will be at the church one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com