Gladys Jorgenson

Gladys Jorgenson, 79, formerly of Watertown, Minn., passed away Monday, June 11, 2012. at Jenkins Living Center in Watertown, S.D. Funeral services will be 2 p..m. Friday, June 15, at Grace Lutheran Church in Watertown, S.D. Visitation will be Thursday from 4-7 p.m.. at Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel in Watertown, SD.

Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters, Trish Hirsch, Amy Hecksel and Brandi David.

Pallbearers will be Troy Hecksel, Matt Parish, Matt David, Jeremy Hirsch, Matt Littfin and Dave Taylor.

Gladys Herding Jorgenson was born on August 5, 1932, to Hagen and Mary (Wilkins) Herding on a farm near Troy, S.D.. She grew up in Watertown, S.D., and graduated from Watertown High School in 1949. Gladys was a candy striper until her marriage to Carrol L. Jorgenson on October 2, 1960 in Watertown. The couple later moved to Watertown, Minn., in 1966, where Gladys was employed by Tonka Toys. Gladys was also employed by the Chuck Wagon Cafe as a cook and later employed by Elim Nursing Home. In the 1990s, the couple moved back to Watertown, S.D. Carrol passed away on March 14, 2004.

Gladys enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, flower gardening, reading, and was a big fan of Elvis.

Gladys is survived by her son, Gary and wife, Laurie of Sioux Falls, S.D.; her daughter Pauline and husband, Harlan Hecksel of Winsted; her siblings, Bennie (Beatrice) Herding of Sioux Falls, S.D. and Viola Engels of Watertown, S.D.; and many nieces and nephews; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers, Hiko, Alvin, and an infant baby brother; her sisters, Katie, Anna, Grace, Della and Margaret.

Wight, Comes & Sogn Funeral Chapel in Watertown, S.D., is in charge of arrangements. For more information go to