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Gladys Sanvik

January 1, 1930 — November 29, 2017

Gladys Sanvik

Gladys L. Sanvik age 87, of Parkers Prairie, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017, at Douglas County Hospital in Alexandria.

Funeral service is 11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017, at Esther Lutheran Church with Rev. Tom Kolden officiating.  Music is provided by organist, Marcia Guenther.  Burial is at the church cemetery.

Visitation is one hour prior to the service at the church.

Gladys Lillian was born January 1, 1930, to Lawrence and Lillian (Mrnak) Murphy in Spruce Hill Township. She attended Scriven School in Spruce Hill Township and District #64 Country School.  She was united in marriage to James Sanvik on September 3, 1946.  Following their marriage, they farmed in Spruce Hill and Eastern Townships until 1988.  Gladys also worked as a nurse’s aide at Knute Nelson and Bethany Homes in Alexandria for many years. Her husband, James, died in 1991.  Gladys moved to Verndale in 1995, with her special friend, Ron Johnson where she lived until his death in 2011.  She moved to Alexandria in 2011, and lived there until moving to Parkers Prairie in February of 2017.  She was a member of Esther Lutheran Church, WELCA, and the Red Hat Society.  She enjoyed gardening, flowers, trees, playing cards, dancing, going out to eat, having friends over and spending time with her family. Gladys was busily involved in a Bible Study, a card club, Christian Women, Birthday Club and the Domino Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, Steven; and twin daughters born in infancy, Susan and Mary.

Gladys is survived by her four sons, Larry (Sue Roberts) Sanvik of Eagle Bend, Alan (Rose Maloney) Sanvik of both Clarissa and Parkers Prairie, Stanley (Deb) Sanvik of Miltona and John Sanvik of Parkers Prairie; two daughters, Virginia (Tom) Dickey and Sheryl Thoennes both of Evansville; brother, Gerald Murphy of Elk River; 15 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren with one on the way; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are her six grandsons, Tim Sanvik, Jeff Hendershot, Brad Sanvik, David Dickey, Dylan Lewis, and Tom Sanvik. Honorary pallbearers are Kayla Thoennes, Marion Marcussen, Deloris Ronning, and Marilyn Haack.

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