Gladys Mae Carity, age 89 of Willmar, formerly of Redwood Falls, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2020 at Compassionate Cottages in Willmar. Graveside Services will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, September 3, 2020 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery. Guests are asked to bring their own chair if desired & practice social distancing. Celebration of life and time for fellowship will be held at the Lower Shelter in Ramsey Park, immediately following the service. In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at the Lower Shelter at Ramsey Park. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Gladys Mae Carity was born May 28, 1930 in Wood Lake, Minnesota, to Herman and Lillian (Vahl) Mulenberg. She was baptized and confirmed at the Wood Lake Methodist Church. She graduated high school in Wood Lake. Following graduation, Gladys worked at a bank before she met Gordon Carity. She and Gordon were married on September 22, 1952 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls. Gladys worked at home raising her family. Once her children were grown, she worked at the DAC in Redwood Falls for a short time, and was a member of the VFW and American Legion Auxiliaries. Gladys kept busy gardening, canning, and baking. She greatly enjoyed music and playing her organ, shaking dice, and playing cards. Gladys loved embroidering, birdwatching, and relaxing while having a beer with her family.
Gladys is survived by her husband, Gordon, of Willmar; children: Lee (Konnie) Carity of Atwater and Delrose Carity of Willmar; grandchildren: Amy (Eric) Gertken, Kristy (Justin) Caspers, and Lucas Damm; and great grandchildren Isaac Gertken and Elliott Caspers. She is preceded in death by her parents, Herman & Lillian, daughter Kathy Carity, sister Ruth, and brothers Glen & Ray.