Gladys Eberle, 92, of Spring Valley

Gladys Eberle

Gladys Eberle, 92, of Spring Valley, died peacefully on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, at the Spring Valley Living Center. 

Gladys Ruth Beulke was born in Carlos, Minn., on Sept. 20, 1926, to Carl and Emma (Roth) Beulke.

After graduating from high school, she attended two years of teaching school and began a career in education. She was also the church organist at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Carlos and it was here that she met Rodel Eberle.

They were married on April 9, 1950.

They continued to live in Carlos until 1956 when they moved to Bloomington, Minn., where he was the pastor at Mount Hope Lutheran Church. In 1963 he was called to be the pastor at St. John’s Lutheran Church and the family moved to Wykoff. She taught at St. John’s Lutheran School from 1968 until her retirement in 1988.

The couple continued to live in Wykoff and she continued to volunteer her time to teach the art class at the school for a few years after her retirement. In 2015 she and her husband moved to the Spring Valley Assisted Living Center and later to the Spring Valley Senior Living Center.

She was very passionate about teaching and helping her students succeed. She was also a very talented and determined individual who loved playing the piano and singing in the St. John’s choir. She was a strong believer in the power of prayer and she belonged to various prayer groups and teamed up with elementary students at the school to be their prayer partner. She loved all types of flowers and enjoyed gardening and her involvement with the local Garden and Quilting Clubs. She enjoyed serving others and was an active member of various church organizations such as the LWML, Ladies Aid, Lutherans for Life and was an officer of the local AAL chapter for a period of time. She also enjoyed helping with the local Fall Festival and eating at her favorite restaurant, The Branding Iron in Preston. Above all else, she enjoyed time with her family and would host a weekly Sunday chicken dinner at her house for any of her family that could attend. 

She is survived by her children, Sue (Gary) Golish of St. Charles, Ruth Ann Eberle of Spring Valley, Mark Eberle of Spring Valley, Nancy (Michael) McCarty of Belle Plaine, Minn., Lori (Joe) Volkart of Spring Valley, Mary McGill of Spring Valley, Paul (Suz) Eberle of Spring Valley and Jon (Roxanne) Eberle of Stewartville; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren and a brother, Ralph Beulke of Miltona, Minn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Rodel, three sisters, Ruth Beulke, Marie Brechbiel, and Elsie Jantzen, and two brothers, Ed Beulke and Elroy Beulke.

Funeral services for her were held on Saturday, Feb. 9, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wykoff.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the scholarship fund at St. John’s Lutheran School in Wykoff. 

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