Gladys Rose Stangl was born Oct. 16, 1925, in Carroll, the daughter of Alver and Rose (Bierl) Stangl. She spent her formative years in Arcadia, with an aunt, Sophia Pill, following the early death of her mother. She graduated from St. Angela Girls Academy in Carroll in 1943.
She married H.J. (Jack) Schmitz on April 21, 1947 in Arcadia. They resided in Le Mars, where she was employed by Iowa Public Service until their move to Ireton in 1950 where they purchased an International Harvester dealership.
In 1976, both she and her husband were active real estate brokers until Jack's death in 1990. She later took a position as office clerk at the Orange City Hospital and Clinic where she worked from 1991 to 2004.
She was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and ladies aid in Struble.
Survivors include two daughters, Pam (Steve) Schmidt, of Sioux City, and Barbara (Paul) Wiget, of Mentor, Ohio; son, Clark (Carol) Schmitz, of Brunsville; three grandchildren, Kelly Schmidt, of Sioux City, Amanda Verros, of Sioux City, and Samantha Schmitz, of Sioux Falls, S.D.; three great-grandchildren, Aaden Schmidt, Becket and Brinley Verros; a half-sister, Sandra (Dennis) Wurr; and a host of nieces and nephews.
Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; her parents; an aunt; three sisters and their husbands; four brothers and their wives; and a brother-in-law.
Memorial Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Struble, with the Rev. Dan Greving celebrating. Burial will follow at Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Le Mars. Visitation will begin at noon Thursday with family present from 6-8 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m., at Porter Funeral Home in Ireton.
Online condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.