Obits – Gladys E. Baert
Gladys E. Baert, age 88, of St. Bonifacius, passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at the Marie Steiner Kelting Hospice House in Chaska.
Mass of Christian Burial was Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius; Con-Celebrants of the Mass are Father Stan Mader and Father Tom Balluff; visitation was Monday from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and also one hour prior to the Mass ALL at the church; prayers from the heart and memory sharing were 7:30 p.m. Monday evening; Final Resting Place St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery.
Gladys was born on Nov. 25, 1923 in Waconia the daughter of Herbert and Malinda (Graff) Sauter. She was baptized and confirmed at the Waconia Moravian Church. On June 29, 1942 Gladys was united in marriage to Victor F. Baert in Missouri. She was a member of the Waconia Moravian Church until her marriage to Victor, when she joined St. Boniface Catholic Church in St. Bonifacius.
As the second oldest in a family of 11, Gladys helped raise her siblings and even in her adult life she continued to be the center of their family. She was known for her love of cooking but more importantly her dedication to getting people together and feeding them delicious foods in large amounts. Favorite get togethers were potluck picnics in the woods, fish fries and St. Nicholas celebrations. Everything that came from her kitchen was delicious but her chicken dinners, soups, dill pickles, cookies and jams are legendary.
As a wife she worked side by side with Victor sharing every farm chore with him except she drew the line at milking the cows. Work came first but they had many friends and enjoyed dancing and card playing. They were committed to working together and helping each other all 70 years of marriage. As a mother she was unsurpassed at her homemaking skills and set an example of love with no boundaries, teaching us to love openly and laugh easily. She always made a point to acknowledge special days for loved ones.
Throughout her adult life until well into her 80s Gladys was involved with the parish of St. Boniface, volunteering in the Alter Society and most famous for her work with the funeral committee for almost 50 years. As chairman she organized and help prepare countless funeral lunches. In the earlier years she befriended the nuns at St. Boniface and helped by giving them rides. Gladys was also active in the Waconia Daughters of Isabel. Her faith followed her to the end, in the last years limited by the pain and immobility of severe arthritis her main focus in life was preparing meals for her husband of 70 years and praying three times each day from her worn prayer books that came with her each step of her final journey.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents Herbert and Malinda Sauter; sisters Betty Jane Cooley, Shirley Anderson; brothers William Sauter, Clarence “Sonny” Sauter, Herbert Sauter, James Sauter.
Gladys is survived by her loving family: husband Victor; children and spouses Victor “Mac” and Marcia Baert of Anoka, Jane and Jerry Nelson of Rice, Bob and Jennifer Baert of Salt Lake City, Utah, Boni and Doug Gesinger of Mound; grandchildren Laura Popp, Bill Nelson, Jennifer Nelson, Jeremy Baert, Matthew Baert, Aimee Baert, Chris Baert, Victor Baert, Josh Baert, Joe Gesinger, Dusty Gesinger, Anna Gesinger; great-grandchildren Karlee Popp, Maddie Popp, Levi Popp, Ellie Gesinger, Ava Baert; sister and brother-in-law Elaine and George Foley of Waterloo, Iowa; brothers and sister-in-law Frank and Shirley Sauter of Lafayette, Doug Sauter of Williams, Dick Sauter of Waconia, Bill Cooley of Waconia; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Dottie Schroeder of Chanhassen, Harry and Mary Ann Baert of Mound; Nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
Casket Bearers are Gladys’ grandchildren.
Arrangements are with the Johnson Funeral Home in Waconia; www.johnsonfh.com.