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Obituary for Gladys L. Richter
Gladys L. (Harmon) Richter, 83, Frederic, WI passed away at the family farm August 12th, 2012.
Gladys was born on January 17th, 1929 the fourth child of Clem and Sarah Harmon who owned a milking short-horn dairy farm East of Grantsburg on Cty Rd D.
Gladys graduated from Grantsburg High School and then met and married Richard Richter in 1946 when he returned from the Navy after WWll, they then bought a dairy farm in West Sweden where they raised five children and farmed for 60+ years.
Gladys was actively involved in all aspects of dairy farming, but milking her cows, raising her calves and driving her favorite "turtle" tractor to rake hay was at the top of her list.
Gladys raised a huge vegetable garden each year along with her children and grandchildren, she also kept several flower gardens, she experimented with bees, also growing several species of fruit trees and harvested large crops of delicious strawberries and raspberries, she also painted wildlife, flowers and worked on carpentry projects for the family.
Gladys also enjoyed hunting deer, elk and moose, always looking forward to the hunting seasons in the fall and traveling West and North with family to hunt the "big" game.
Gladys also kept her hunting skills up to date in the off-seasons by keeping the fencelines clear of predators that were threatening her poultry population.
Gladys and Richard celebrated their 50th anniversary with family, friends and neighbors, both being semi-retired from the dairy farm, but still raising beef cattle, they enjoyed spending time together and with family, still traveling to Colorado to hunt until Richard passed in 2001.
Gladys continued on living at the farm, enjoying her flowers and birds and spending time and traveling with family, friends and neighbors until she completed the passing of the family farmlands onto her grandsons.
Gladys is survived by her son, Jerry (Linda) Richter; daughters, Judy Chouinard, Janet Hughes, Joan (Tony) Hochstetler and Jill (Don) Murphy; grandsons, Jason Richter, Joe (Beth) Chouinard, Scott Chouinard, Jamie Hughes, Shannon (Michelle) Ladehoff, Joshua (Bridget) Ladehoff, Perry and Anthony (Angie) Hochstetler, Dan (Daria) Murphy; granddaughters, Heidi (Rick) Stevens, Samantha (Chad) Ottem, Jackie (Joe) Coen, Angie Greiner, Jennie Murphy; also twelve great-granddaughters, five great-grandsons, two great-great-granddaughters, one great-great-grandson, along with many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gladys was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; brothers, Curtis and Leroy; sister, Edith Oberg; and a granddaughter, Cheri Hughes.
All family, friends and neighbors are invited to a celebration of Gladys’s life, this celebration will be held at Coon Lake Park in Frederic, WI on Sunday, August 26th, 2012 from 11am to 3pm.
Family is requesting no memorial gifts, please.
Online condolences may be left at www.rowefh.com or www.wicremationcenter.com. Please continue to check these websites for updated information or call Bruce Rowe at 715-327-4475.
Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements.