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Dawn Eileen (Rogers) Gladen

Dawn Eileen (Rogers) Gladen, 92, of Bemidji, died Sunday, March 8, 2009, at North Country Regional Hospital in Bemidji.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Baptist Church in Bemidji with the Rev. Stan Nelson officiating. A visitation will be held from 5-7 p.m. today at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home in Bemidji and one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Malvik Lutheran Church Cemetery in rural Bemidji.

The pallbearers will be Darin Gladen, Beau Dutro, Randy Kirksey, Billeye Juarez, Stacey Dutro, Robert Dutro, Brian Schneider and Patrick Schneider.

Honorary pallbearers will be D.J. Rankin, Chris Juarez, Daniel Kirksey, Craig Griffitt and Wayne Nelson.

She was born June 19, 1916, to Cecil & Cordelia Rogers in Margie, Minn. She grew up in Guthrie and attended the Nary School. She met and then married Gilbert Gladen in June of 1937. They started their life together in Madelia, Minn., where they farmed. They then moved to Pasadena, Calif., where they both worked in the Defense Plants during World War II. After the war, they moved back to Bemidji and took over the Gladen Family Farm. From there they moved to Cass Lake where Gilbert went into the logging business. They moved back to Madelia and went back to farming. They farmed there until 1973 when they retired and moved back to Bemidji. Gilbert died in December of 1979. She stayed in their home until 1993 when she moved to Northview Apartments in Bemidji. She was a fine seamstress and enjoyed quilting, crocheting and making afghans. She also enjoyed her Bible study sessions, but most of all she loved to spend time with her children, grandchildren and friends.

She is survived by her children, Richard (Bobbi) Gladen of Dayton, Minn., and Elizabeth (Darrel) Rankin of El Paso, Texas; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brother, Ronald Rogers of Anoka, Minn.; sisters, Florence Tuck of Bemidji and Violet Dunn of Longview, Wash.; a daughter-in-law; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband and son, Marvin Gladen.

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