Gladys I. Manion

Gladys I. Manion

Gladys I. Manion, 92, of Rushford, died on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford.

Gladys was born on October 24, 1925, in Rushford to August and Nellie (Thompson) Henze. Gladys grew up in Rushford and where she spent most of her life. She was united in marriage with Marvin Manion on November 9, 1945. 

Besides living in Rushford, Gladys and Marvin also lived in McGregor, Minn., for 12 years. They spent several winters in McAllen, Texas. 

Gladys ran her own restaurant, “The Coffee Shop” for many years in downtown Rushford. She was a very generous, friendly, social and loving person who had a knack for being politely in charge. She was a member of the VFW and Legion Auxiliary, and Rushford Lutheran Church. She loved her grandchildren and was always able to remember their birthdays. Gladys was very fond of her cat, Precious. She was gratefully able to live independently in her own home up until entering the nursing home six weeks ago.

Gladys is survived by her daughter, Peggy (Larry) Zdon of Minneapolis; daughter-in-law: Debbie Manion of Big Lake, Minn.; five grandchildren: Heather, Nikki, Sara, Ryan, and Christopher; 10 great-grandchildren: Jackson, Grayson, Audrey, Isabelle, Ariana, Madeline, Cadence, Page, Mia, and Ava; a brother, Lester Henze of Tennessee; and by a very special friend and neighbor, David U’Ren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; two sons: Stephen and Gerald; three sisters and three brothers.

There will be a funeral service for Gladys at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 19, 2018, at Rushford Lutheran Church in Rushford. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 5-8 p.m. on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at Hoff Funeral Service in Rushford, and one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the church.

The family prefers memorials to be directed to SPCA, Rushford Lutheran Church, or Grace Place.

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