Gladys Bernice Sonksen, age 81, of Early, died Saturday, January 5, at the Black Hawk Life Care Center following complications of Alzheimer's disease.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, January 9, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lake View with Pastor H. W. Kramer officiating. Burial was in the Manning Cemetery, in Manning, Iowa.
Gladys Bernice Asmus was born August 12, 1920, in Audubon County, Iowa, the daughter of William G. and Elizabeth (Jurgens) Asmus. She was baptized on November 28, 1920, and confirmed on June 23, 1935, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln Township, Audubon County. Gladys attended school in Audubon County.
On January 24, 1940, she was united in marriage to Herman J. J. Sonksen at Trinity Lutheran Church in Audubon County. The couple farmed for one year in Audubon County before farming in Carroll County for 24 years. They moved to Manning in 1965 where Gladys worked as a clerk in a hardware store. In November 1972 Gladys and Herman moved to Early to continue Herman's work on a carpentry crew. Gladys was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Lake View.
Her family includes her husband; four children: Vernon Sonksen and his wife Krystal-Ane, San Diego, Calif., Joyce Warnke and her husband Ronald, Lake View, Donna Davis and her husband Bill, Tucson, Ariz., and Debra Sonksen, Highlands Ranch, Colo.; seven grandchildren: Linda Warnke, Elkland, Mo., Tammy Rosenberry, Granger, Scott Sonksen, Lebanon, Mo., Lisa Wood and Lori Smith, both of Tulsa, Okla., and John Davis and Liam Davis, both of Tucson, Ariz.; seven great-grandchildren: Mya Black, Justin and Cassie Moore, Shane and Alaina Sonksen, Gary Don Smith, and Cole Rosenberry; a brother Donald Asmus and his wife Dolores, Waseca, Minn.; two sisters: Dorothy Reimer, Manning, and Lillian Nolte, Auburn, and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents and a grandson Lance Warnke.