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Kathryn Glanzer

Kathryn Glanzer obituary photoKathryn Glanzer, age 87, of Huron, died Monday, June 18, 2012, at her home.  Her funeral service was at 11:00 AM, Monday, June 25th at Mt. Olivet Church with Rev. David Erdman and Rev. Rod Poppinga officiating.  Burial was at 2:00 PM Monday afternoon at Prairie Bible Church Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Gideons, Awana or James Valley Christian School.

Kathryn Lillian Waldner was born May 20, 1925, to John and Mary (Decker) Waldner, and grew up on the family farm near Carpenter.  She and her family endured difficult and tragic events such as the loss of her mother and infant brother, Menno, the loss of her home to a fire, and the loss of her step-mother, Susie (Decker) Waldner.  Being one of the oldest of a large family and the loss of two mothers, Kathryn learned to be nurturing at an early age.

On February 16, 1947, Kathryn married a neighbor boy, Clarence Glanzer, eventually moving to his family home.  She cared for her brother-in-law, Sam Glanzer, and mother-in-law, Sarah Glanzer, in their time of need.  She continued all of her life to be close to her families and was always ready to help with caring of children, or siblings.  She tended faithfully to her sister-in-law, Emma Glanzer, in her later years until the time of her death in 2011.

Kathryn was a member of Hutterthal Mennonite Church, now Prairie Bible Church, Carpenter, where she taught Sunday school and was very attentive to the Christian Helping Hands ladies group.  Clarence and Kathryn moved to Huron in 2000 and began worshipping at the Mt. Olivet Church where they enjoyed the fellowship and adjoining to this additional family.  They became active with the Gideons and Kathryn continued her fellowship with them after her husband’s death in 2001.

“Grandma Kathryn” volunteered in the preschool classes at James Valley Christian School, listened to children learn scripture verses in Awana, and enjoyed birthday shopping sprees with her own grandchildren.  Her great-grandchildren were the sparkles in her eyes.

Mom was a quiet and gentle lady.  She was a gracious hostess in her home where everyone knew they were welcome.  She loved flowers and plants and could make up a beautiful bouquet of wheat from the field.  She enjoyed decorating with the seasons.

Mom and Dad prayed with us and for us.  It was their prayer that not one would perish… that we and others would come to the knowledge of saving grace.  They met up again now in their heavenly home and wait for the rest of us to join them.

Grateful for sharing in her life are her children, Nadine and Gaylen Anderson of Oakland, Nebraska, Jeff and Cletus Glanzer and Claude and Sandy Glanzer all of Carpenter; her grandchildren, Sara and Casper Hofer, Ray and Desiree Glanzer, Erin Glanzer, Casey and Wendy Glanzer, Charlotte Glanzer, Andrew and Rachel Glanzer; her great-grandchildren, Anthony Hofer, Aiden, Daunte, Jarett, Lincoln and Milo Glanzer; her brothers, John (Emma) Waldner and Norman (Marge) Waldner, all of Carpenter; her sisters, Alma Gross, Berniece (Paul) Kleinsasser, Pearl Hofer and Barbara (Leroy) Gross, all of Huron, Viola (Mike) Hofer of Bridgewater, Naomi (Duane) Gross of Tulare and Lucille Waldner of Loveland, Colorado; her sisters-in-law, Julie Waldner of Sioux Falls, Lola Waldner of Yankton, and her husband’s sister, Lena Alendal of Hurley; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; step-mother; husband; granddaughter, Elli Glanzer; brothers, Menno, Willis, Melroy and Bennie Waldner; and brothers-in-law, Jim Gross and Jerane Hofer.

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