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Gladys Mathis- Arbach

September 23, 1920 — November 21, 2007

WEBSTER- Gladys Mathis-Arbach, 87 of Groton and formally of Webster and Aberdeen died on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at Golden Living Center in Groton. Her funeral will be at 11:00 A.M. Friday, November 30, 2007 at Fiksdal Funeral Chapel in Webster, Rev. Jan FitzGibbon officiating. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Park, Aberdeen. Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service in Webster beginning one hour prior to services on Friday. Gladys Mork was born on Thursday, September 23, 1920 to Kolben and Anna (Norby) Mork on the family farm in Lynn Township, Day County, South Dakota. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Bergen Lutheran Church near Bristol. She attended country school near her home and graduated from Webster High School. She attended Northern State College in Aberdeen and received her teaching degree. She taught country school in Lynn Township before moving to Aberdeen to accept a position as secretary for Malchow’s Furniture Company. She was later employed by Dr. E. Rudolph as a secretary until he retired. In July 1949 she was united in marriage to Clarence Mathis in Chicago, Illinois. The couple made their home in Aberdeen where she was a medical transcriptionist until she retired. Mr. Mathis passed away in 1969. The couple had one son, Joe Mathis. After his death she remained in Aberdeen. At her 50th high school class reunion she met her former high school sweetheart, Al Arbach and they were married on May 5, 1990 in Dublin, California. After their marriage the couple made their home in Webster. Al passed away in May 1991. After his death she remained in Webster for several years until entering Rosewood Court Assisted Living Center in Aberdeen. She entered Golden Living Center in Groton in September 1999. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster. She was a people person, enjoyed baking and canning, and loved to dance. Gladys passed away on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 at Groton, South Dakota at the age of 87 years, 1 month and 28 days. Survivors include grandchildren, Nancy Keuch Rosa of Mountain View, CA, Linda Evans, Butch and David Keuch in the Chicago, IL area; a sister-in-law, Myrna Mork of Pierpont, SD; and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husbands, one son and two brothers.
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