Gloria Lou Hoffert, the daughter of Fred and Carrie Hoffert was born Oct. 27, 1926, in Rodman. She graduated from West Bend High School in 1944 and went on to earn a degree at Mankato Business School. Prior to marriage, she worked for Standard Oil in Mason City.
On Jan. 6, 1946, Gloria married her high school sweetheart, Gene Anliker. Gloria and Gene moved to Primghar to open Jean's Jewelry. Together they had three children, Jeff, Jo Lynn (Jodee), and Jay. Gene died on March 25, 1961.
On Feb. 3, 1963, Gloria married Gerb DeKok and became the mother of Glenda, Ken, Ron, and Roger. Together, they farmed near Primghar until Gerb's death on May 5, 1985.
Gloria married Delbert Schwien July 10, 1987, and two more children, Mike and Lynette joined the clan. Gloria and Delbert moved into Primghar in 1992. Delbert died June 13, 1998.
Believing that God always has a plan, Gloria met Clarence Hammann in 2001, and continued to enjoy life. Together, they spent their time in Primghar and Muscatine, and Mesa, Ariz.
She was a member of the American Reformed Church in Primghar.
Gloria was young at heart and always had a smile on her face. Her love of life earned her the name of Sassy Gram. She enjoyed baking, dancing, playing cards, having coffee hour, and spending time with family and friends.
She taught her children when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Her life is an example of how love will get you through anything.
Left to cherish her memory are, Jeff (Jean) Anliker of Belchertown, Mass., Glenda (Dean) Parrish of Cherokee, Jodee (Bill) Jackes of Le Mars, Ken (Jeri Jae) DeKok of Kearney, Neb., Jay (Juanita) Anliker of Primghar, Ron (Sherri) DeKok of Le Mars, Mike (Charlene) Schwien of Hartley, Roger (Karen) DeKok of Mt. Vernon, S.D., and Lynn Schwien of Rock Valley; 19 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren; dear friend Clarence Hammann of Wilton; a sister-in-law, Fran Wahman of Indianapolis, Ind., and numerous other family and friends.
Gloria was preceded in death by her three husbands; her parents; a brother, Bill, and sisters, Maxine and Ida Mae.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the American Reformed Church in Primghar with Rev. Dennis Hietbrink, officiating.
Burial will be before the service at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Primghar.
Visitation will be after 3 p.m. tday (Tuesday) with the family present from 5-7 p.m. at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Primghar. The visitation will continue Wednesday from 9-10 a.m. at the Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Primghar. The Eldridge Family Funeral Home in Primghar, is in charge of arrangements.
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