Blue Earth – Gladys Schwen, age 99, of Blue Earth, died Dec. 27, 2011, at Blue Earth United Hospital.
Funeral Services were held Dec. 30, 2011, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center. The Rev. Lois Able officiated. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery, Blue Earth. Patton Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Blue Earth assisted the family with the arrangements.
Gladys Schwen was born on Oct. 11, 1912, in Dodge Center, the daughter of Gustav and Sophia (Glick) Schwen. She attended school in Blue Earth and then lived and worked briefly in California. Gladys returned to Blue Earth to serve as a caretaker for her mother for over 40 years. She also assumed that role in assisting with her sister, Viola Mittelstadt, during Viola’s later years.
Gladys moved to New Life Manor in 1995, and St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center in 2011. She was a charter member of Salem United Methodist Church/Hope United Methodist Church.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; eight brothers; and two sisters, who were the originators of the Schwen Ice Cream Factory.
Survivors include a number of nieces, nephews and friends including caretakers, Kathleen Kreklau and husband, Robert, of Crozet, Va., and Jim Mittelstadt and wife, Susie, of Jacksonville, Fla.
The family wants to personally thank Mrs. Audrey Brod for her friendship, love and care extended to Gladys over the years. Glady’s family is grateful to have had many wonderful years with her.
Memorials preferred to St. Luke’s Lutheran Care Center.
Web tributes may be left at www.pattonfh.com