Gladys (Koester) Conrad, 97, joined her heavenly family on Friday, April 11, 2014.
Mrs. Conrad was born Nov. 19, 1916, in rural Avoca, Neb., the daughter of Fred and Emma Berner. She was baptized and confirmed at the North Branch Lutheran Church in Avoca, and married Arthur Koester on Aug. 26, 1936, at the same North Branch Lutheran Church.
Gladys and Art had two daughters, Arlene Finley of Tilton and Diane (Gary Higgs) Price of Mahomet. Art preceded her in death in January 1967 in Cissna Park. She married Theodore Conrad in November 1969 and they lived in Watseka until his death in August 1984.
Survivors include her two daughters, Arlene and Diane; seven grandchildren, Pat (Bruce Hunt) Douglas, Tammi (Mike) Moore, Jack (Kelly) Clifton, Sherri Sumner, Brad Higgs, Dawn (Jim) Ohl, and David Finley; 15 great-grandchildren; and 21 great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one brother, Dean (Norma) Berner of Unadilla, Neb., and one sister, Ruth (Frank) Schoen of Oxford, Neb., as well as a host of nieces and nephews.
Gladys was preceded in death by both parents; two brothers, Henry and Bill Berner; three sisters, Viola Koester, Clara Rietsch and Mary Knake; and one granddaughter, Cindy Clifton.
Gladys was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Danville. She was an active participant in her church and was always there to lend a hand for cleaning, making quilts, making food or other projects for the church. Gladys was a partner with her husband, Art, in farming during their married life. Later in life she held various jobs outside the home.
Gladys was a wonderful cook and received much pleasure in providing great meals for her friends and family. Besides cooking, she loved gardening, playing cards and especially spending time with her family and thoroughly enjoyed her grandchildren, her great- and great-great-grandchildren. She took much happiness in the simple pleasures of life and loved watching birds, butterflies, animals and other joys that nature provided, and kept herself busy with quilting and needlework.