Gladys C. Vander Wey, 87

Gladys Clara (Scriver) Vander Wey was born April 22, 1929, in Grand Forks, ND to Cecil and Mabel (Webster) Scriver and passed away November 29, 2016. Gladys’ mother passed away when she was five years. Gladys spent her first seven years in Grand Forks. Her siblings included half sister Beulah, half brother Raymond, half sister Dorothy, brother George, brother Delmar. After age seven, Gladys lived in a foster home in Inkster, ND…Keefe’s who were friends of the family. At age 16, she ran away from home and lived in Grand Forks for a few months helping take care of an invalid, the only person who knew where she was, was her brother George. After the man she was helping take care of passed away, she wrote Grandma Keefe and told her she was heading for Custer, SD to her dad’s place. Cecil, (Gladys’ dad) worked as a lumberjack. Custer is where she met Urban Vander Wey. When he first met her he went back to the camp and told the guys…that is the girl I’m going to marry. Gladys and Urban were married on September14, 1946 in Crookston, MN and then moved to Crookston, SD. To this marriage four children were born. Doris, Jack, Norman and Anita. Gladys was very happy being a housewife and mother. She grew up during the depression…she had one dress to wear and one to wash. She always was grateful for what she had…because she never could have imagined having so much. Gladys was the most loving and selfless person. She would help anybody. She would take care of her grandkids and even great grandkids and shower them with her unending love. God and Jesus were very important in Gladys’ life. She joined the Catholic faith when she was 13 years old and attended church at the Bullcreek Church until it closed, then she drove to St. Francis until she couldn’t drive anymore. Gladys prayed daily even toward the end of her life here on earth. Preceding Gladys in death were her parents, grandson, Frank Heath and great grandson, James Vander Wey. Gladys is survived by her husband of 70 years Urban Vander Wey, Lakeview, SD; her brother, George Scriver, Tacoma, WA; her children, Doris (Francis) Heath, Cody, NE; Jack (Bonnie) Vander Wey, Lakeview, SD; Norman (Dana) Vander Wey, Lakeview, SD; and Anita (Jeff) Schoenhard West Yellowstone, MT; grandchildren, Kenneth (Pam) Wirth, Laramie, WY; Douglas (Tracy) Wirth, Merna, NE; Jason (Shelly) Vander Wey, Tennessee; Clint (Jenny) Vander Wey, Lakeview, SD; Micheal (Amanda) Heath, Cody, NE; Shelby Schoenhard, Idaho Falls, ID; and Joshua Schoenhard, Bozeman, MT; and many great grandchildren and great great grandchildren. Gladys is also survived by brother-in-law, Clarence (Ann) Vander Wey, San Antonio, TX; and sister-in-law, Altha Vander Wey, Valentine, NE; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral Service for Gladys Vander Wey Was held December 3, 2016 at St. Charles Catholic Church in St. Francis, SD. Burial followed at Conley Flat Cemetery in Eli, NE. Sandoz Chapel of the Pines was honored to assist with funeral arrangements.

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