Obituary for Gloria Townsend

Gloria Ann Townsend, 93 years of age, was wrapped in the loving arms of her Savior on April 8, 2019. Gloria was born to John and Anna Konop on April 4, 1926 in Francis Creek, WI. She had two loving brothers, Victor and John, who preceded her in death. Gloria’s family farmed and raised dairy cattle near Francis Creek, WI. She attended St. Ann’s Catholic Grade School in Francis Creek and graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, WI in 1944. Gloria met the love of her life, Donald Townsend, in 1942, having vowed she would never marry a […]

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Gloria Ann Townsend, 93 years of age, was wrapped in the loving arms of her Savior on April 8, 2019.
Gloria was born to John and Anna Konop on April 4, 1926 in Francis Creek, WI. She had two loving brothers, Victor and John, who preceded her in death. Gloria’s family farmed and raised dairy cattle near Francis Creek, WI. She attended St. Ann’s Catholic Grade School in Francis Creek and graduated from Manitowoc Lincoln High School in Manitowoc, WI in 1944.

Gloria met the love of her life, Donald Townsend, in 1942, having vowed she would never marry a sailor or a salesman, she found both in Don. Gloria and Don were united in marriage on November 6, 1948 at St. Ann’s Catholic Church. They were happily married for nearly sixty three years and made their homes in Manitowoc, Wausau and Madison, WI where they raised five children, Kathi Volpe of Port Townsend, WA, Greg (Brigid) Townsend of Urbandale, IA, Jane (Brian) Hubbard of Rosemount, MN, Karen (Cam) Davidson of Northfield, MN and Anne Townsend (Michael Stanley) of Northfield, MN. Gloria was a devoted mother and wife, a woman of deep faith, and a loving grandmother who loved her family and faith above all else. She is loved and cherished by ten grandchildren, Mark, Joe, Lindsay, Jeff, Matthew, Brandon, Carly, Peter, Megan and Natalie, and five great-grandchildren, who remember a grandmother that greeted them with hugs, kisses and the ever present kolaches, donuts and cookies from tin cans stored in the garage. As grandma was a self-proclaimed “foodie” she passed along cherished recipes and traditions that will be her legacy. But her most enduring legacy will be the love of family that her and Don had for their children and grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Gloria on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 11:00AM at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 401 South Owen Drive, Madison, WI with Monsignor Kenneth Fiedler officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery.

The family wishes to express our gratitude to the professional and caring staff at Ecumen Centennial House in Apple Valley as well as Ecumen Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to your local Hospice or Food Bank.

Arrangements are with the Benson & Langehough Funeral Home. www.northfieldfuneral.com

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  1. Phil and Gail Johnston

    I will always cherish my memories of Aunt Gloria and Uncle Donald. Fifty years ago I enjoyed a wonderful Christmas dinner with Donald and Gloria while my wife was giving birth to our first child. (The doctor said I had plenty of time, boy was he wrong). Gloria was always there with hugs and kisses and would do anything for anyone. She is now with Uncle Don who will welcome her with open arms. We will miss seeing the family the day of her funeral. We have grandparent duties that week. Gloria loved her family and will surely be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Love, Phil and Gail Johnston

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  2. Kathy Logan

    Jane, my deepest condolences. Memories of your mom is putting a big smile on my face. A beautiful woman who lived a beautiful fulfilled life. I hope you can surround yourself with all of the great memories. She had a life well lived.

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