Gladys Bertha Bumann was born on March 26, 1928, near Holstein, the daughter of Richard and Bertha (Weber) Bumann. She was baptized as an infant in Holstein. She was later confirmed at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Schaller.
Growing up, she attended Ida County School and graduated from Hayes Consolidated School in 1946.
On February 8, 1952, she was united in marriage to Ernie Meins. To this union a daughter, Patricia Ann, was born. With Ernie working in sales, they lived in a number of different places until he semi retired in 1974 and they moved back to Storm Lake. He passed away on June 16, 1980.
Gladys worked in food service for many years at the Buena Vista County Hospital and the Storm Lake Community School system. On August 11, 1988, she married Dennis Johnson. They continued living in Storm Lake. They attended various occasions, especially senior citizens events. Dennis passed away October 11, 2007.
Gladys was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Storm Lake and was active in Altar Guild and Ladies Aid. She enjoyed traveling and gardening and was an avid sports fan especially for Iowa, Iowa State, and the Chicago Cubs.
Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter, Patricia (Vince) Harrington; grandson, Matthew (Nancy) Harrington of Wheaton, Ill.; great grandson, Jackson Harrington of Wheaton, Ill.; four brothers: Marvin (Laura) Bumann of Storm Lake; Bob (Bev) Bumann of Bradenton, Fla.; Lloyd Bumann of Storm Lake; Wendell (Marcella) Bumann of Omaha, Neb.; one sister, Fern Combes of Storm Lake; two sisters-in-law: De Ethel Bumann of Sioux City; Annetta Bumann of Storm Lake; many nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; her husbands; two brothers: Richard and Luverne Bumann; sister, Lois Kass; brothers-in-law: John Kass and Lloyd Combes; and sister-in-law, Margaret Bumann.