Gloria Soderstrom, of Mora, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at the Eastwood Senior Living in Mora. She was 91 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, May 7, 2021 at the Quamba Baptist Church.
MEMORIAL VISITATION will be held 1 hour prior to the service.
INURNMENT will be in the Fish Lake Cemetery near Mora
MEMORIALS are preferred to Kick Cancer to the Curb or the Fish Lake Cemetery.
Gloria Soderstrom, of Mora, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at Eastwood Senior Living in Mora. She was 91 years old.
Gloria Velda Renstrom was born on April 17, 1930 to John “Adolph” and Matilda (Jensen) Renstrom on the small, poor, busy frontier farm that sat on a hill by Fish Lake south of Mora. She was one of seven children and as a young girl, she was given the very important job of washing eggs. She would sit down to many large buckets full and dutifully scrub each egg, learning a strong work ethic in the process. The Renstrom family worked hard but played hard as well. They enjoyed picnics and roller skating at the pavilion, Bunco parties with friends, and fishing for bullheads.
A beauty like all the Renstrom girls, Glory had quite a lineup of young men that followed her around. It was Arlen Soderstrom that won her heart. It would be fair to say that he also won the heart of Glory’s mother when he agreed to wait to marry her until she finished her training at Eitel School of Nursing in Minneapolis. Young and awfully poor, Glory and Arlen were so in love, they scrounged up all the extra change they could find and set out for an adventurous honeymoon trip to Duluth. They welcomed their daughter, Lynell, in 1951. Glory was the mom who did it all! She worked as a registered nurse, made delicious meals, kept the house and garden, and still made time to go fishing and teach Lynell to cook. She was incredibly kind and dropped everything to fly out to Washington and care for her dear sister, Esther, as her health failed. She used her gift of nursing to care for her elderly parents and many others.
She and her nursing friends sometimes found themselves with time on their hands and one day decided to make fudge while working at the hospital. Caring for patients of all ages, they knew just where to find one of the most important ingredients… milk from the nursery icebox! The milk turned out to be breastmilk that was stored for a newborn. The fudge turned out great! She was proud to tell people that when the doctor wasn’t able to get to the hospital in time, Glory even delivered a few babies during her time there.
Glory was Arlen’s “right-hand gal” when they served Swedish Pancakes at many large group gatherings. The sweethearts truly enjoyed doing things together; bird watching, breakfasts at Freddie’s and Carol’s, hunting for agates, and counting deer on evening drives. Glory loved to fish and since she lived nearly her entire life on Fish Lake, was often found out on the boat or down on the dock casting and catching dinner. She would make sweet syrup for the orioles and hummingbirds and shoot at the pesky squirrels. The neighbors always knew where to find fresh baked cookies or Swedish thin bread and Glory loved to treat them.
Gloria was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 70 years, Arlen; siblings, Marie (Vern) Andersen, Lloyd Renstrom, Esther (Hans) Mueller, Phil McLain, and Pat Larsen; brothers-in-law, Russ (Ginny) Soderstrom, Ron Soderstrom, and Lyle Berghuis.
She will be deeply missed by her daughter, Lynell (Jerry) Lewey of Cambridge; only grandson, Jake Lewey and friend Angie Springer; sister, Edna McLain of Marietta, GA; brother, Ray (Lila) Renstrom of Cambridge; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Renstrom of Virginia Beach, VA, Mary Mueller of Seattle, WA, Betty Berghuis of Milaca, and Judy Soderstrom of Cambridge; brothers-in-law, Ted Larsen of Ninilchek, AK, Merlin “Sod” (Ione) Soderstrom of Brooklyn Park; special nephews, Bruce and Brian Anderson; special niece, Carol Solberg; many more nieces and nephews, other relatives, and a host of friends of all ages.
A Celebration of Glory’s Life will be held on Friday, May 7, 2021, 11:00AM at Quamba Baptist Church with a visitation one hour prior to the service. Glory and Arlen will be interred together at Fish Lake Cemetery. A special thank you to Pastor Ivan Fiske for his thoughtful friendship and to Glory’s neighbors, Mark and Pauline Peterson and Ernie and Dolores Blaisdell for their extra special kindness and care. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Fish Lake Cemetery or Kick Cancer to the Curb