1924 - 2008
October 1, 2008
Gladys I. Altwies, 84, of Watertown, passed away Monday evening, Sept. 29, 2008, at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown with the Rev. James Werner officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown.
Friends and relatives may call to pay their respects at the Hafemeister Funeral Home in Watertown on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 189 will meet at the funeral home at 6 p.m. Friday.
Memorials, if desired, may be given to Lakeside Lutheran High School Operating Expense, the American Lung Association or St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church Operating Expense.
The former Gladys I. Paerschka was born in Watertown on July 29, 1924, daughter of Paul and Ella (Dahms) Paerschka. She attended St. Mark's Christian Day School, the former Northwestern College Preparatory School and Northwestern College. On July 12, 1975, Gladys married Wesley B. Altwies at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown.
She was a resident of Watertown all of her life. Gladys retired from Brandt Inc. in Watertown after 45 years of service. She was a member of St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Watertown, its ladies aid and a member of WELS Lutheran Seniors. She was also a life member of the Clarence McGuire Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post No. 7852, the Women's Auxiliary of Military Order of Cooties, American Legion Auxiliary Post No. 189, Watertown Senior Center and AARP Chapter No. 3056. Gladys was also a member of the Northwestern College Alumni Society and St. Luke's Philanthropist Club.
She enjoyed working in her flower gardens and doing crafts. She also enjoyed helping her husband place about 2,000 flags on the surrounding cemeteries for Memorial Day.
Survivors include her husband, Wesley Altwies of Watertown; cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents.
The family would like to thank Marquardt Memorial Manor and Marquardt Hospice for the care they provided.
Hafemeister Funeral Home 611 E. Main St. Watertown
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