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Gladys Koranda Rickels
June 25, 1911–May 28, 2009
Gladys Rickels, age 97, of Monticello, died Thursday, May 28, 2009 at St. Luke�s Hospital, Cedar Rapids, following an extended illness.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 Monday morning, June 1, 2009 at St. Johns Lutheran Church, rural Monticello with interment in the Oakwood Cemetery. Rev. Reed Stockman officiated at the services. Friends called from 3 until 7 Sunday at the Goettsch Funeral Home, Monticello. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Johns Lutheran Church.
Surviving are a son Dean (Esther) Rickels, Oxford Mills; six grandchildren, Steven Fitzgerald, Monticello, David (Patricia) Fitzgerald, Springville, Ann (David) Brehm, Douglas (Carrie) Yates, both of Monticello, Matthew Rickels, Mankato, Minnesota, and Scott Rickels, Cedar Rapids; eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Lester in 1995, a daughter, Jane Fitzgerald Yates in 1973, a great-great-granddaughter, Kennedy Easterday, three sisters, Agnes Blizek, Mary Becker, Lula Buresh-Mott and three brothers, Ernest, Otto and Fred Koranda.
Gladys Koranda was born June 25, 1911 at Oxford Junction, Iowa. She was the daughter of Mike and Antonia (Simpersky) Koranda. Gladys graduated from the Oxford Junction High School in 1928. She then moved to Chicago where she worked for Sears and Roebuck. She returned to Iowa where she taught in rural schools near Oxford Junction, Langworthy and Castle Grove. Gladys Koranda and Lester H. Rickels were married August 8, 1931 at Galenda, Illinois. The couple made their home near Scotch Grove for several years before moving to Monticello. Gladys continued her education at Coe College and completed her teaching degree at Upper Iowa University. She taught mostly 3rd grade classes and occasionally 5th grade in the Monticello Community Schools. She retired in 1976.
Gladys was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, the Ladies Aid, L.W.M.L. and was a Sunday School teacher for many years.

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Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 12 June 2009

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