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Gladys Irene Pederson Lethenstrom
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Birth: Nov. 15, 1915
Otter Tail County
Minnesota, USA
Death: Jan. 14, 2007
Pelican Rapids
Otter Tail County
Minnesota, USA

Gladys Lethenstrom, 91
1915 - 2007

Gladys Lethenstrom, 91, of Pelican Rapids, died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2007, at the Good Samaritan Center in Pelican Rapids.

Gladys Irene Pederson was born Nov. 15, 1915, near Pelican Rapids, the daughter of Parelius and Gina (Sorenson) Pederson. She was one of 13 children and raised on a farm five miles northeast of Pelican Rapids.

She attended Sand Lake District 217 country school located on the southeast edge of the lake. The distance between their home and school was two miles and all of the children attended. Her father made sure that, if transportation was required, the horses were always ready when the weather was bad.

They were all members of Bethel Lutheran Church in Pelican Rapids. Her father was very active and the builder of this church from 1917 to 1919. The church is now a residential home.

Gladys married Mervin Lethenstrom, leaving Minnesota in the early 1940s for the Seattle, Wash., area. From Seattle, they moved to Brazil, South America, lived there for a time before returning to the United States. They resided in the southern states of Florida, Alabama and New Mexico, as their work required.

At the beginning of the 1950s, they moved to Pelican Rapids and acquired an apartment near where her husband was associated with the Allison Ford Motor Company. After a short time they moved to a farm west of Detroit Lakes and resided there for many years.

In late 1994, they moved to New Mexico in order to take advantage of the warmer winter but in 1996, her husband died. Gladys moved back to Pelican Rapids with the help of her brother, Clifford's two sons, Faron and Wade, and was able to get reacquainted with family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mervin; five sisters: Vernice as an infant, Mabel Westby, Agnes Boe, Hilda (Svare) Wetterstrom and Edna Kjos; and five brothers: Palmer, Bennie, Ervin, Lawrence, and Raymond.

Online Guestbook:

Visitation: One hour prior to the service at the funeral home

Service: 2 p.m. Thursday at Larson Funeral Home Chapel, Pelican Rapids

Clergy: Rev. Arlen Svare

Burial: Bethel Cemetery, rural Pelican Rapids

Funeral Home: Larson Funeral Home, Pelican Rapids

Obituary: Fergus Falls Daily Journal - January 17, 2007
Family links: 
  Parelius Berndt Pedersen (1869 - 1951)
  Gina Pedersen (1881 - 1966)
  Clifford Pederson (1911 - 2008)*
  Gladys Irene Pederson Lethenstrom (1915 - 2007)
*Calculated relationship
Note: Provided courtesy of the Otter Tail County Historical Society (, which has further information available in its research library and on its web site.
Bethel Cemetery
Pelican Rapids
Otter Tail County
Minnesota, USA
Maintained by: T Burt
Originally Created by: Marjorie
Record added: Jun 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 53154100
Gladys Irene <i>Pederson</i> Lethenstrom
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Gladys Irene <i>Pederson</i> Lethenstrom
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Gladys Irene <i>Pederson</i> Lethenstrom
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We miss you Gladys!! Love you!!! Love, Jessi, Casey and Sophi
- jessica kulsrud
 Added: Feb. 6, 2012
God bless you.
- T Burt
 Added: Jun. 17, 2010

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