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Gladys Harriet (Ree) Feste

September 19, 1921 ~ December 6, 2017 (age 96)

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December 10, 2017

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Totzke Funeral Home
2100 Broadway Ave.
Slayton, Minnesota 56172

Funeral Service
December 11, 2017

10:30 AM
Christ Lutheran Church
2959 Queen Ave.
Slayton, Minnesota 56172

In Loving Memory of

Gladys Harriet Feste

Gladys Feste was born on September 19, 1921 on the family farm southwest of Cottonwood, Minnesota to Martin and Adelia Nelson Ree.  She grew up on various farms in the Cottonwood area.  Gladys graduated from Russell High School in 1939 and went on to attend Teacher Training in Montevideo, MN.   On December 29, 1945 she and Clarence Feste were married at First English Lutheran Church in Tyler, MN.  Following their marriage they farmed in Ellsborough Township and raised their six children.  Gladys later returned to school attending Southwest State University in Marshall, MN and was a member of the Charter Class graduating in 1971 with a Degree in Elementary Education. Gladys taught 5th grade in Ruthton, MN for 18 years.  In 1996 they moved to Slayton, MN.  Clarence passed away on December 16, 2015.  In July 2017 Gladys moved to the Maple Lawn Nursing Home in Fulda, MN where she passed away on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at the age of 96.  She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton and a past member of Ellsborough Lutheran Church in rural Balaton, MN where she was active in Ladies Aid, Bible Study, and taught Sunday school.  Gladys enjoyed spending time with family and friends, Lefsa making, gardening, reading, canning, travels, and genealogy research.

Survivors include five children and their spouses, Clare and Deb Feste of Lake Wilson, MN, Karen and Terry Dahleen of East Bethel, MN, Curt and Marian Feste of Balaton, MN, Kermit and Nancy Feste of Sioux Falls, SD, Corrine and Charlie Herrig of Comfry, MN, one son-in-law, Alishah Azad of Orono, MN, nine grandchildren, Michael and Wendy Feste, Dr. Jessica and Dr. Nicholas Dziurkowski, Daniel and Amanda Feste, Adam and Cathy Feste, Annie and Noah Wieme, Sara and Brent Thooft, Darren Feste, Christopher Azad and Emily Azad, two step-grandchildren Kristi Myers and Angela and Joe Stoddard, 12 great-grandchildren, Evelyn and Hannah Dziurkowski, Clara, and Elsie Feste, Barron, Camryn, and Avery Feste, Gavin, Jaelyn and Kamden Wieme, and Tenley, and Liam Thooft, two step-great-grandchildren, Abrielle Myers, and Liam Stoddard.  She is also survived by two siblings, Walter Ree of Sioux Falls, SD, and Arlene Bendix of Luverne, MN.  She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, Clarence, daughter, Carolyn Azad, infant sister, Ruth Ree, six siblings, Arvid Ree, Erna Hannaford, Thelma Bossard, Norman Ree, Marvin Ree, and Deloris Fisher. 

Funeral Services

Christ Lutheran Church in Slayton, MN on Monday, December 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Dawn Quame officiating.  The organist is LaDean Lang with special music by Heidi Winter.  The pallbearers are her grandchildren.  Interment is at Ellsborough Lutheran Church in rural Balaton, MN.  

Visitation will be on Sunday, December 10, 2017 at the Totzke Funeral Home in Slayton from 4-6 p.m. and also one hour prior to the services at the church on Monday. 

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