Gladys H. Ahrendt, 86, of Le Mars, died Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004, at Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars.
Gladys Hermina Ahrendt was born December 3, 1917, the daughter of Herman and Emilie (Onken) Schulz, on the family farm in Plymouth County. She attended country school and later helped to raise her siblings and work on the farm.
On Dec. 9, 1936, Gladys and Bennie Ahrendt were united in marriage at her parents home near Craig. The couple made their home on a farm in Elgin Township near Seney. The family farmed in Elgin Township until retiring in 1975. They made their home in Le Mars during their retirement years.
Gladys was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Craig. She joined Christ Lutheran Church (Grant Township) when she married Bennie. She was an active member having taught Sunday School and confirmation classes, sang in the choir, and was involved with the women's groups. The family later transferred to St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Gladys was again involved with the women's groups, Altar Guild and quilting. She volunteered a great deal of time with the community. She delivered Meals on Wheels and spent time at Brentwood Good Samaritan Center assisting with various activities. She and Bennie also enjoyed gardening.
Survivors include her husband, Bennie of Le Mars; a son, Stan and his wife, Marlene, a daughter, Diane Bainter and a daughter, Susan Ahrendt, all of Sioux City; three grandchildren, Brian Ahrendt and his wife, Debra Bengtson-Ahrendt of Bloomington, Ill., Bruce Ahrendt and his wife, Cinthia, of Miami, Fla., and Molly Taylor and her husband, Damien, of Sioux City; four great-grandchildren, Jesse Bengtson-Ahrendt, David Bengtson-Ahrendt, Christopher Ahrendt and Sabrina Taylor; two brothers, Herman Schulz and his wife, Helen, of Le Mars and Melvin Schulz and his wife, Virginia, of Le Mars; a sister, Arlene McHale of Craig; and two sisters-in-law, Mildred Schulz and Rieka Otto, both of Le Mars.
She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant son, Wesley; a sister, Helen Hartman, and a brother, Kenneth Schulz.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars, with the Rev. Gary Landsness officiating. Burial will follow at Christ Lutheran Cemetery (Grant Township), rural Le Mars. Visitation will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the Mauer-Johnson Funeral Home of Le Mars. The family will be present beginning at 6 p.m. with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. There will also be one hour of visitation at the church prior to the funeral.