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Gladys Jondahl Morton

August 6, 1929 — August 18, 2016

Gladys Jondahl Morton, 87, of Page, ND passed away to her heavenly home on August 18, 2016. She was born August 6, 1929 to William and Meta (Neve) Jungnitsch. They lived on a farm east of Page with her two younger brothers, Ranald and Wallace and three older sisters, Regina, Elsie & Katy. She started her education in the little one room Beaver School and later moved into Page where she graduated from Page High School. Gladys married Owen Jondahl in 1947 and they raised their five children, Susan, Sally, James, Janeen and Juliet in their house on the northeast corner of Page. Owen passed away in 1994. She married John Morton in 2002. Too soon, he passed away in 2004. In her retirement years she enjoyed time with Oscar England. They spent their time together walking his dog, going to pizza night at the Page Café, dancing in Tower City or Valley City, putting jigsaw puzzles together, and playing Rumi-cube. Gladys worked at Our Savior Lutheran Church as church secretary for 37 yrs. She also worked for the Valley Wool Growers Association and wrote the Page News for two local newspapers for many years. Gladys was a volunteer in many community projects and events. She was also the local “historian”. If anyone had a question about someone or something, they asked Gladys. She was a 4-H leader and Sunday school teacher when her children were younger. She was a long time member of the American Legion Auxiliary; marching in the parades and later years still decorated her car and threw candy out the window in the Community Day parades. She was active in the Page Senior Center and with the Meals on Wheels deliveries. She enjoyed sewing quilts at the church and at home; especially when her girls came to stay for their family quilt retreats. She also enjoyed her daily ritual of feeding the birds and chasing the pesky squirrels. Gladys had a heart of gold, a loving smile and a gentle voice. She was a second Mom to many and never said no to anyone who asked for her assistance. She was the original recycler and taught us all such good life lessons. Her home was the center of the sweetest hospitality and the moment you walked in you felt loved. Gladys was so good to keep in touch with family and friends. Her annual lengthy Christmas letter; which included funny stories about Owen, little jokes and Gladysisms, along with her family updates, will be missed. She had travels across the country from Florida to Texas and California but never wanted to move from her home in Page. She achieved her goal of living independently in her own home until she peacefully passed away in the Palliative Care Unit at Sanford. Gladys was an earthly angel and now will be our guardian angel. She is survived by her children: Susan (Ed) Lacerra, Sally (Kenneth) Wouters, James (Mary) Jondahl, Janeen (Charles) Stenso, Juliet (Larry) Hanratty, Nancy (Jim) LaFrombois and Traci (Kevin) Howes. She has nine wonderful grandchildren: Cary Schoeppach, Gary Cook, Jacob Wouters, Justin Jondahl, Jamie Vittetoe, Jami Hoffner, Kelly Conrad, Randi Zimney, and Jennifer McDow along with many lovable great grandchildren; sister: Elsie Drogen; brother: Wallace Jungnitsch and sister-in-law: Louise Abraham. She is preceded in death by husbands: Owen Jondahl and John Morton and companion for the last ten years, Oscar England; brothers: John and Ranald Jungnitsch; sisters: Regina Warner and Katy Lammers. Memorials can be given to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Page or to a charity of your choice. She lived a wonderful life in Page and will be greatly missed. Visitation: Will be 5–7 PM on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 with a 7 PM Public Prayer Service at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Page, ND and will resume one hour prior to the service at the church. Funeral Service: 11:00 AM Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Page, ND. Burial: Will be at the Page Cemetery, Page, ND.
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