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Gladys Hermanson

June 27, 1915-Sept. 15, 2008

Gladys M. Hermanson, 93, of Detroit Lakes, died Monday, September 15, 2008 at St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes.

Gladys M. Maring was born to Butolf and Tilda (Peterson) Maring on June 27, 1915 in Georgetown, Minn., where she grew up and attended school. She later attended Moorhead State Teachers College, where she received her teaching certificate. Her first teaching job came at the age of 17, at a country school near Georgetown. She then taught in Mahnomen, where she met Alton O. Hermanson, and on June 6, 1940 they were married in Perley, Minn.

The couple lived in Winger, Minn., for a short time, and then moved to Portland, Ore., during World War II. In 1943, they moved to Big Floyd Lake near Detroit Lakes, where they owned and operated Hermanson's Farm and Resort. Gladys also taught kindergarten and first grade at Rossman School in Detroit Lakes for nearly 20 years.

In 1960 the farm land was developed into the Ironman Golf Course and Driving Range, which was operated by their sons, Ford and Dean Hermanson. Dean also cared for his mother at home for many years. In 2005, Gladys moved into St. Mary's Nursing Center in Detroit Lakes. Gladys was a very kind, patient woman, who was very devoted and caring to her son Victor. Gladys was also instrumental in the development of the Group Homes in Detroit Lakes.

Surviving Gladys are her three sons, Ford (Patricia) Hermanson, Victor Hermanson and Dean Hermanson, all of Detroit Lakes; four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Alton (1998); and two brothers, Floyd and Merle Maring.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. David Peterson officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to the start of services at the church.

Casket bearers will be Hans Hermanson, Hal Hermanson, Chuck Hermanson and Ursula Hegvik. West-Kjos Funeral Home in Detroit Lakes is providing arrangements.

Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at