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Gladys Fossum

January 25, 1917 — June 22, 2009

WEBSTER- Gladys Fossum, 92 of Webster died on Monday, June 22, 2009 at Bethesda Home in Webster. Her funeral will be at 1:30 P.M. Friday, June 26, 2009 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster, Rev. Daniel Ostercamp officiating. Burial will be in the Webster Cemetery. Visitation will be at Fiksdal Funeral Service ( in Webster on Thursday 5-8 P.M. and prior to services on Friday. Gladys Jeannette Stromseth was born on Thursday, January 25, 1917 to Iver and Bertha (Dahl) Stromseth at Webster, South Dakota. She was baptized at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster on March 4, 1917. She attended school in Webster and also in Bradley. After she received her education she worked at Wist Produce Company in Webster. On September 26, 1936 she was united in marriage to Lawrence (Larry) Fossum at Watertown, South Dakota. After he was discharged from the Army the couple made their home in Lake Preston, South Dakota where they operated a grocery store. In 1952 they moved to Lily where they also operated a grocery store. Gladys was an Avon saleswoman. She was also employed as a seamstress at Dacotah, Inc. in Webster and wrote the Lily news for the Reporter and Farmer for many years. Mr. Fossum passed away in April 1981. In 1992 she moved to Webster and she entered Bethesda Home in 2003. Gladys was a very active member of Lily Lutheran Church until it closed and then became a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Webster. She was also a member of the Lily American Legion Auxiliary. She was well known for her wonderful homemade doughnuts, buns and pies. She always had the coffee on and enjoyed company. She also enjoyed quilting, gardening, needlework, journaling, scrap booking and spending time with family and friends. Gladys passed away on Monday, June 22, 2009 at Webster, South Dakota at the age of 92 years, 4 months and 28 days. Survivors include two daughters, Carol (Butch) Flattum of Bristol, SD & Denise (David) Jeske of Webster, SD; one son, Richard (Anne) Fossum of Webster, SD; one brother, Alvin (Dona) Stromseth of Rochester, WA; eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and infant son and three brothers.
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