Gladys Hallstrom, of rural Quamba, died March 3, 2007 at Ambassador Good Samaritan Home in New Hope, MN. She was 86 years old. Funeral service will be on Sunday, March 11 at 2:00 p.m. at Quamba Baptist Church. Visitation will be Saturday, March 10 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Sunday. Memorials to Quamba Baptist Church are preferred.
Gladys Evelyn Hallstrom, of Quamba, died Saturday, March 2, 2007 at Ambassador Good Samaritan Care Center in New Hope, Minnesota. She was 86 years old.
She was born November 28, 1920, at the Kanabec County Hospital in Mora. Her parents, Joseph and Esther (Hanson) Harris, lived on a farm just north of the village of Quamba. She raised turkeys for her 4-H project and played with her younger brother, Harlan and the little boy down the hill by the name of Elwood Ostrom.
After graduating from Mora High School, she began work in the Twin Cities for Northwest Airlines. When Harold Hallstrom returned from World War II, he and Gladys were united in marriage and took up farming. She actively participated in the farm activities including milking cows. Later she also worked outside the farm as a cook at the Quamba School.
She was blessed with the gift of hospitality so people naturally felt welcome to stop by their home to visit. The Busy Hour Club and Seniors In Action of the Quamba Church were also areas where she enjoyed meeting people. However, the Greeter’s Table at the Quamba Church was her favorite place to make people feel that they were always welcome at the church. Harriet Erickson was her special friend who shared in this experience.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Esther Harris; husband Harold Hallstrom; and brother Harlan Harris.
She is survived by her children, Patricia Hallstrom of Maple Grove and Philip Hallstrom (fiancee Katie Meddendorf) of Alexandria; daughter-in-law Kathy Hallstrom of Mora; grandsons Kurt (Holly) Hallstrom of Chisago, Kent (Emily) Hallstrom of Bemidji. and Kristor (Sarah) Hallstrom of Forest Lake; great-grandchildren Jack, Reese and Olivia Hallstrom of Chisago and Kenly Hallstrom of Bemidji; and many other relatives and friends.