Gladys (Mosterdt) Christenson
March 29, 1929 - March 29, 2020
Gladys peacefully departed this life on her ninety-first birthday, a grand gesture consistent with her legacy, yet contrary from the life she lived that was centered around a simple grace and effortless love and devotion for her family.
A proud and loving mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother, aunt, friend and neighbor --- Gladys is survived by six children (Dave, Doug, Gary, Glenn, Mark and Connie), eighteen grandchildren, three great grandchildren, two sisters (Beverly and Daisy) and their respective families. Gladys has now reunited in heaven with her sister Betty, her two baby siblings (who passed in the early 1930âs) and her parents Gerrit and Elsie (Van Westerhuyzen) and her husband of nearly 40 years, Norris âChrisâ Christenson.
Born and raised in Inwood, Iowa, Gladys moved to Saint Paul at age 16. She raised a family in White Bear Lake with her husband Norris starting in the 1950âs.
Life was busy and fruitful. She invested many years working at Buckbee-Mears in St. Paul prior to an independent career as a vendor at fairs and festivals across the country that begin in the early 1980âs. That chapter fulfilled her love for travel. Gladys especially enjoyed time in the sun, which included the desert and lights of Las Vegas. In addition, she enjoyed the tranquil beauty of flowers/gardening, quilting/sewing, golf and bowling. Her truest pride was rooted in raising a family.
Those who were fortunate enough to spend time with Gladys can attest to the fact that she provided a profound and authentic warmth and kindness. She displayed a beautiful humility but also owned a very strong and resilient character. She often enjoyed genuine laughter via harmless humor. The steadfast twinkle in her eyes and her reassuring smile instantly brought warmth, peace and comfort to loved ones and strangers alike.
There will be a celebration in White Bear Lake on March 29, 2021 and every year following for family and friends to come together and pay respects to the life and legacy of Gladys Christenson. In the meantime, please plant tulips in her memory.