Gloria Ann (Dudek) Koester passed away December 29, 2017 at the age of 79 from cancer with her husband and children by her side. She lived a full life-leaving us with great memories of being a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 6, 2018, 11:00 a.m., at Christ the King Church in Browerville, with Fr. Mitchell Bechtold officiating. The burial will be held at Christ the King Cemetery.
Gloria was born to John and Anna Dudek November 7, 1938 on the family farm outside the town of Browerville. She would later be accompanied by three sisters (Delores, Rosie, and Jane). In 1958, she graduated from Browerville High School. Gloria married Edmund Koester, son of Carl and Dorothy Koester on October 10, 1959 at St Peter’s Catholic Church in Browerville. They moved to St. Paul, MN and started their life together. They are blessed with 5 children (Kathy, Darlene, Deb, Kevin and David).
They moved to Grace Lane where Gloria was a stay at-home mother. She loved watching her kids grow up and being involved in their lives. They took various family vacations and had a cabin by Long Lake in Hartford Township where they enjoyed many summer weekends. She always wanted to help her children out from babysitting the grandchildren, taking them on vacations and construction projects; if they needed her, she was there. She loved talking to her family and keeping up on the “news”. You would see them at all the family events. She enjoyed traveling, George (her cat), Elvis music, find and seek puzzles, collecting things, camping and car shows. Gloria worked as a child care provider out of her home for many children over the years. After retirement they purchased a townhome in Oakdale, MN. She would walk around talking to all the neighbors and helping them out.
Gloria is survived by husband Edmund, children: Kathleen (John Wasserbauer) Koester of Browerville; Darlene (Greg) Brand of Little Falls; Debra ( John) Starner of Hoffman; Kevin (Jacklyn) Koester of Bismarck of ND; David (Jeannie) Koester of Oakdale, MN; 12 Grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Survived by three sisters Delores (Karl Lawin) Eberle of Long Prairie; Rose Marie Brichacek of Little Falls and Mary Jane (Richard) Malone of Deer Creek, Uncle Paul (JoAnn) Dudek and sister-in-law Jane (Donald) Zetah.
Preceded in death by her parents John and Anna Dudek, in-laws Carl and Dorothy Koester and nephew Daniel Eberle.