Gladys Brynildson
Gladys Brynildson

Obituary of Gladys Brynildson

 Gladys Rose Brynildson, 93, of Cambridge, Minnesota passed away at Prairie Senior Cottages of Isanti on Friday, November 16, 2018.


Gladys was born on July 18, 1925 in Waseca, Minnesota to Emil and Rose (Kletschka) Schlinger, the youngest of five children. Gladys was baptized and confirmed at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Waseca. She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in 1943. God, family, and friends were important to her throughout her life.


On January 23, 1952, Gladys was united in marriage to Robert (Bob) Brynildson of New Richland, Minnesota. Their son, Jeffrey, was born in 1953. They farmed in New Richland until moving to Cambridge in 1959.


Gladys loved to garden, draw, braid rugs, dance and restore antiques. Her careers included loan teller and assistant cashier at Peoples State Bank for 14 years and office manager at East Central Electric for 15 years. She also served on the board of East Central Electric after she retired.


She is a past recipient of the “Employee of the Year” award given by Cambridge Chamber of Commerce. In 2009, she was honored as the Isanti County Outstanding Senior Citizen. Her volunteer activities included work with the American Cancer Society, Li’l Farm Children’s Home, American Legion, Cambridge Hospital, Isanti County Historical Society, Cambridge Senior Activity Center, and Christ the King Catholic Church. She cared deeply for her communities and fondly recalled representing Waseca at the 1947 Saint Paul Winter Carnival as the Waseca Fire Queen.


Gladys will be deeply missed by her son, Jeff, and his wife Greta of Edina, Minnesota, granddaughters Alicia and her husband Daniel Antal of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Erica Brynildson of St. Paul, Minnesota, and Karn Brynildson of Minneapolis, Minnesota, a great grandson Peter Antal, of Grand Forks, North Dakota, and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, her parents, her siblings, and many other relatives and friends.


Thanks and appreciation to Prairie Senior Cottages and St. Croix Hospice for providing a pleasant and caring place in which to live during the last months of her life.


Memorial donations may be made to either Prairie Senior Cottages or St. Croix Hospice.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2PM, Friday, November 23, 2018 at the Carlson-Lillemoen Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior.

Private interment at Cambridge Union Cemetery.