Mary E. Glanzer was born September 22, 1918, southwest of Bridgewater, South Dakota to David S. W. and Elizabeth Hofer Glanzer. She went to her eternal home on July 25 having reached the age of 100 years, 10 months and 3 days.
“Upon the confession of faith, I was baptized and became a member of the Neu Hutterthaler Church. In January 1947, Rev Albert Ewert held evangelistic meetings and after attending and hearing the Word of God plainly, convicted of sin, I recognized my need for a personal commitment to Jesus Christ (Romans 6:23 ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord.’) I committed my life to Him. I served as Junior Sunday School and Bible School teacher.”
Mary attended country school and graduated from Bridgewater High School. She lived on the family farm and together with her parents, farmed until 1963. During this time her grandparents became aged and she had the joy of helping care for them. In 1963 she had the privilege of being employed by Dr. and Mrs. A.S. Glanzer. This led to her enrolling in a Nurses Training Class. Upon completion of the course, she was employed by the Freeman Hospital and Nursing Home for 32 years. In 1972 she purchased a home in Freeman and moved in taking her parents in to live with her and care for them. Her Dad passed away after 10 months, and her mother continued to live with her for 12+ years. They enjoyed flowers, gardening, and living peacefully in their home. She retired from nursing home work in June 1997, but continued with volunteer work. “Life wasn’t all roses but the Lord was good to me. I enjoyed good health and strength from above and fellowship with family and friends.”
For the past 8 years, Mary made her home at the Oakview Terrace in Freeman. She participated in the many activities, including daily devotions, made many friends, and brought joy to those around her. She was content and very thankful for the loving care she received. Living among her many friends meant a lot to her.
Aunt Mary was a model of contentment, unconditional love, and frugality. She never complained, was always thankful, and was a friend to nephews and knew them all by name including subsequent generations.
The cousins all adored her and held her in high esteem. Her memory was good to the end. In a visit just one month before her home going, when Psalm 23 and Psalm 46 were read, she repeated them by memory as they were read.
On September 22, 2018, the cousins, relatives, and friends all gathered to celebrate her 100th birthday. It was a memorable event for the entire Glanzer family as we celebrated the life and love of Aunt Mary. She will always have a special place in our hearts.
She was preceded in death by her parents (David S.W. and Elizabeth), 5 brothers (Joe, Sam, Jake, Paul, Dave), one sister (Barbara), 5 sister-inlaws (Katie, Sarah, Susie, Phoebe, Gladys), two brother-in-laws (John Szusz, David Wipf), and one niece (Josie). She leaves to mourn one sister, Elizabeth Wipf, one sister-in law, Ruth Glanzer, 26 nieces and nephews, and a host of friends. The family thanks Oakview Terrace for their loving care of Aunt Mary the past 8 years.