Gladys Beatrice (Loken) AckerGladys Beatrice (Loken) Acker, 95, died peacefully surrounded by her family on the 19th of December 2010 at Edgewood Vista in East Grand Forks, MN.
Gladys Beatrice (Loken) Acker, 95, died peacefully surrounded by her family on the 19th of December 2010 at Edgewood Vista in East Grand Forks, MN.
The youngest of eleven children, she was born on a farm to Norwegian immigrant parents, Olga and Mikkel Loken, near Bristol, SD, January 17, 1915. She graduated from High School in Pierpont, SD, and attended beauty school in Fargo, ND. With her sister, she opened a beauty shop and clothing shop in Hillsboro, ND, where she met her husband Robert Acker. They were united in marriage on December 23, 1934, in Moorhead, MN. Over the years, Bob's job as an electrical contractor took them to Tacoma and Spokane, WA, Duluth, MN, Valley City and Fargo, ND and Golden Valley and Eagan, MN. Sadly, her husband passed away in May 1977. She returned to Fargo in 1982 to care for an elderly sister-in-law.
Gladys had a deep impact on everyone she met. She had a very infectious smile. She was a dedicated wife, homemaker, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great great grandmother. The special focus of Gladys's life was her family and friends. She was a great cook as was evidenced by the wonderful aromas of cinnamon and caramel rolls that she made every Saturday. Nobody ever went away hungry from our home. While a member of Olivet Lutheran Church (Fargo) and Easter Lutheran Church (Eagan) she was very active in Ladies Aid and Quilting which she enjoyed immensely. She was always available for a friend in need. Her positive attitude and loving ways made a difference in the lives of many people. For the past 8 years, she has lived in assisted care at Good Samaritan and Edgewood Vista in East Grand Forks, MN.
She is survived by her children: Joan (Bob) Johnson, Crookston, MN; James (Mary Ann) Acker, Ocala, FL; Dan Acker, Eagan, MN. Nine Grandchildren: Laurie (Brad) Holcomb, Grand Forks; Shelly (Jesse) Kitrell, Sioux City, IA; Drs. Steve (Teri) Johnson, Fargo; Chad (Shalina Peera) Johnson, Corona del Mar, CA; Dr. Paul (Carmen) Johnson, Little Falls, MN; Todd (Kathi) Acker, Crawfordville, FL; Cindy Acker, Treasure Island, FL; Dr.Thomas Acker, Tampa, FL; Scott Acker, Edina, MN; 18 great grandchildren and 2 great-great granddaughters; a brother, Dr. Selmer Loken of St Paul, MN, and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, parents and 9 brothers and sisters. May she rest in peace.
The family wishes to thank Lois and staff at Edgewood Vista and the staff at Good Samaritan Village for the wonderful care that she received.
Funeral: Monday, December 27, at 1:00 p.m., in Wright Funeral Home, 605 2nd Ave S, Moorhead, MN.
Visitation: 1 hr before the service in the funeral home.
Interment: Riverside Cemetery, Fargo, ND, at a later date.
In Lieu of flowers please make a contribution in her memory to a charity of your choice.
Online guestbook at www.wrightfuneral.com