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Gladys Brager

Gladys M. Brager, 99, of Finley, ND passed away on Monday, July 18, 2011, at Bethany Homes, Fargo, ND. Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 23, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at the Finley Lutheran Church, Finley, ND. Visitation will be held Friday, July 22nd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service at the church. Burial in the Bethany Cemetery, Finley, ND.
Gladys M. Samnoen was born June 25, 1912, in Golden Lake Township of Steele County. She grew up in Golden Lake Township and graduated from Hatton High School in 1930. Upon graduation she attended Mayville Normal School and taught in various one room rural schools for 12 years.
On June 15, 1942, she married Harry Brager at Grand Forks, ND. In October of 1943, they moved to the farm near Finley. They farmed there and in the fall of 1957, she returned to Mayville State Teachers College, and returned to teaching for an additional 13 years. She finished her teaching career in Hope, ND. In 2006, she moved to Fargo to live with her daughter, Ruth and has resided at Bethany Homes since June of 2011. Gladys was also a two time breast cancer survivor.
Survivors include her children: Harlan (Mary)Brager, Kenmore, WA, Diane (Paul) Newburgh, West Fargo, ND, John Brager, Finley, and Ruth Horob, Fargo, ND; grandchildren: Brian Brager and Lisa Whittlesey; Jennifer, Mark, and Steven Newburgh; Rhonda Kitch, Corey and Chris Horob; 17 great grandchildren; sister, Mildred Skurdell, Northwood, ND; and several nieces and nephews.
Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Harry on June 18, 1994; grandson, Scott Brager; and sisters: Martha Braaten, Thea Berge, and Inga Ewbank.
Clergy: Rev. Denise Parrello.
Music: Bobbi Ostrom, Soloist and Delphine Martin, Organist.
Casket Bearers: All of Glady's Grandchildren.

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JB and family, Gladys had a good long life. You were so good to take care of her and we enjoyed seeing both of you at the Bang Waffle Supper every March. Blessed be her memory. Jeff & Pam Braaten

Pam & Jeff Braaten Jul 21 2011 12:00 AM

Ruthie and family, We saw Gladys' obituary in the Grand Forks Herald. What a lovely woman. She has always had a special place in all of our hearts and we know you will all miss her. She was one in a million. Gary & Denise Raymond

Gary & Denise Raymond Jul 21 2011 12:00 AM

my sympathies go out to all of Gladys family... she was my 4th grade teacher in Hope.. I have had the pleasure of many nice visits with her over the yrs.. she will be missed.. and never forgot...

greg whitmore Jul 21 2011 12:00 AM

My mother, Ina, and I would like to share our sympathy, and the hope that the memories of Gladys will comfort, and console the families, now, and in the future. The Brager's were neighbors of the Andersons, where Mom was raised by Gust and Mary.

INA WIGEN & DARROLL WIGEN Jul 21 2011 12:00 AM

Mrs Brager was my 4th grade teacher. She was so special. Learning was fun in her class. She was the type of person that you never forget. When you entered her class room you had to be prepared to learn and behave but I don't think there was a day that went buy that learning from her wasn't fun also. She had our respect and love. Very very special lady.

Debbie (Semrad) Kyllo Jul 21 2011 12:00 AM

We have good memories of coffee and special chats at the Brager kitchen table as well as fun times together on holidays. We will miss Gladys. A life lived to the fullest. We are fortunate to have shared special times with a very special lady.

Trudy and Jim Treece Jul 21 2011 12:00 AM

It is clear that Gladys was a very special woman. She was loved and will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers to the entire family as you celebrate the good life she lived and cherish fond memories of her.

Kristi Wold-McCormick Jul 20 2011 12:00 AM