Gloria Vrieze

On November 3, 2020, Gloria Ann Vrieze, 77, of Fountain, MN passed away after a short battle with cancer.

Gloria was born on November 26, 1942 to Elnor and Myrtle (Olson) Danielson.  Gloria was a 1960 graduate of Lanesboro High School.  Married Nevin Vrieze May 8, 1965.  They had four children Kealon, Darin, Stuart, and Rhonda.

She worked at Mayo Clinic out of high school, a dentist office in Arlington, VA.  Did in-home daycare for a few years, and cooked at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.  Gloria waitressed at the Cheyenne Steak House while living in Mt. Vernon, MO from 1984-1987 before moving back to Fountain.  She retired in 2019 from the Branding Iron where she had waitressed and immensely enjoyed for over 30 years.

Gloria was always a caregiver to all. She devoted her life to taking care of others.  Prior to getting ill she cared for her great granddaughters a few days a week.  She adored her family and her ten grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was an active member of Fountain Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women.  Gloria loved to bake and always had treats on hand for anyone who stopped by.  She enjoyed visiting and playing cards with family.

Gloria is survived by her loving husband, Nevin, of 55 years.  Sons: Kealon (Jennifer) Vrieze of Harmony, MN, Darin (Sheli) Vrieze of Mt. Vernon, MO, Stuart (Nikka) Vrieze of Rochester, MN. Daughter Rhonda Willford of Preston, MN.  Grandchildren: Amanda and Austen Vrieze, Kristin (Josh) Lindsey and Owen Vrieze, Tatum Whalen, Brody Vrieze and Caleb Harris, Zachary and Emily (Cory Draper) Willford, and Gracie Branch.  Great-grandchildren: Trinity and Everlee Froemming, Brooklynn and Marshall Draper. Siblings: Darlene Sutherland, Chatfield, MN; Marlys (Elvin) Paulson, Rushford, MN; Marilyn (Richard) Lykken, Waseca, MN; Linda (Thomas) Jenson, Lewisville, TX; Sister-in-Law’s Linda (Roger) Danielson, Chatfield, MN; Barbara Borgen, Rochester, MN.

Preceded in death by her parents, Brothers: DeLoyce, Vernon (Jackie), Gerald, Robert (Marjorie), and Roger.  Sister; Phyllis (David) Ellis.  Brother-in-law; Bruce Sutherland.  Son-in-law; Terrance Willford.

Visitation will be held on November 9, 2020 at Faith United Methodist Church of Spring Valley, MN from 6pm-8:30pm and continue one hour prior to the service on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at the church.

Funeral services will be held at Faith United Methodist Church of Spring Valley, MN at 11am on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 with Pastor Deanna Woodward officiating.  Burial will be held at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Preston, MN at 2pm.

Masks and social distancing will be required. No lunch will be served due to Covid-19 and the state mandate.

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4 thoughts on “Gloria Vrieze

  1. Stuart, Nikka and the Vrieze Family,

    So very sorry for your loss. Hard to lose your Mom. Sending love and prayers. Blessed be your dear Mom’s memory.

  2. Sorry for your loss family. I remember being waited on by this efficient and friendly lady.
    I was surprised to read who her sisters were. I remember Darlene and of course Marlys
    who are such sweet women also. I know Linda too who is another wonderful lady.

  3. My sympathy to Neven and Gloria’s family. I graduated from high school with Gloria. The two of us spent much time at each other’s homes. We shared secrets and did many crazy things together. I was always amazed at her large family. I was born 14 years after my brothers, so I was like an only child. It grieves me to realize how long it has been since I last saw her. that was at the branding Iron in Preston about 10 years ago. I can honestly say she was a best friend during our high school days. When my brother would drive me over to her home; Gloria’s driveway was very steep and winding; he did not think I knew where we were going. Oh, and we rode the bus together, too, Our bus driver took us on a picnic on our last day of school. Yes, t here are many treasured memories. Bless you and your family.

  4. Nevin & Family
    Our sincere condolences to all of you. Gloria and I were roommates from 1960-65.
    Lots of great memories. Thoughts and prayers to all of you. Mona and Dick Fajen

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