October 8, 1916 ~ August 7, 2009
Gladys M. Dahlen, age 92, of Charles City, Iowa and formerly of New Hampton, Iowa, died on Friday, August 7, 2009 at her home from natural causes. Gladys Marie Dahlen was born on October 8, 1916 to Martin and Ida Derganz in New Hampton, Iowa. She attended school in Lawler where Gladys was an exceptional student. She then cared for her ailing mother and was a housekeeper for local families. Gladys was united in marriage to John O. Dahlen on June 29, 1937 at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. The couple farmed north of New Hampton where they raised two children, Joyce and Gene. They later farmed near Hawkeye and when John retired in 1970 they moved into New Hampton. Upon Johns death on October 20, 1980, Gladys moved to Charles City where she has lived ever since. Gladys enjoyed playing cards with her family and playing checkers with her grandchildren. In the summer she enjoyed going to fairs and festivals in the area where she won stuffed animals to add to her collection. Gladys was a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Hampton. Gladys is survived by her children, Joyce Hinz of Charles City, IA and Gene (Barbara) Dahlen of Waterloo, IA; grandchildren Paula Givens of Mason City, IA, Jason Brincks of Charles City, IA, Mark (Angela) Dahlen of North Liberty, IA and Melissa (Mark) Dawson of Highlands Ranch, CO; great grandchildren, Joshua and Megan Dahlen, Michael and Rachael Givens, Drew and Amanda Dawson, and Aaron and Sara Hudson; and great great grandson Nicholas Kearns. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband John on October 20, 1980; two brothers Peter and Joseph Derganz; and son-in-law Dale Hinz. Memorials: Memorials may be given to Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Hampton. Cemetery: Burial will be in New Hampton Cemetery with Jason Brincks, Mark Dahlen, Joshua Dahlen, Michael Givens, LeRoy Brincks and John Rankin serving as casket bearers. Visitation: Visitation will be 5:00pm to 8:00pm on Monday, August 10, 2009 at Conway-Kolbet Funeral Home in New Hampton and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Service: Funeral services will be 10:00am on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Hampton, Iowa with Pastor Glenn Smith officiating.