Gladys A. Koelker-Overman, 90, of Dyersville, passed away peacefully Friday, Oct. 8, 2021 Mercy One Senior Care in Dyersville.
Visitation for Gladys was held from 3-7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 at Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville, where a prayer service was held at 2:30 p.m.
A Mass of Resurrection for Gladys was held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, with Rev. Martin Obeng Presiding. Assisting Deacon was Mike Ellis. Eucharistic Minister was Al Gibbs. Lectors were Lana Graw and Linsey Fangmann. Petitions were read by Shea Fangmann, Reese Graw, Drake Fangmann, and Kai Fangmann. Placing of the pall was done by Glen Koelker, Ann Gibbs and Kathy Duggan. Giftbearers were Laura Duggan and Cali Solsma. Burial was held in St. Francis Cemetery in Dyersville.
Casketbearers for Gladys were Koel Gibbs, Calen Graw, Ben Graw, David Elenz, Mark Fangmann and Kevin Fangmann.
Gladys was born Nov. 15, 1930 in Dyersville, daughter of Alphonse and Leona (Rausch) Willenbring. Gladys grew up on the family farm nestled in a valley between New Vienna and Luxemburg. She attended St. Boniface schools where she was noticed by Don Koelker in 1948. Their courtship began and Aug. 26, 1953 they were united in marriage at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna. She left the farm she loved so and became a city wife. Glen, Ann, and Kathy made their family complete. Don preceded her in death May 20, 1974. She then met Alfie Overman and later married Sept. 10, 1977 at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville. He preceded her in death Jan. 11, 1987.
Gladys began her banking career at Fidelity Bank in 1964 and retired from Dubuque Bank and Trust in 2000. She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Parish in Dyersville.
Mom’s motto in life was less is more. She gave everyone her more and lived with less. She was a lady of strength, dignity, and love.
She is survived by three children, Glen (Suzy) Koelker of Dubuque, Ann (Al) Gibbs of Dyersville, and Kathy (Chuck) Duggan of Dubuque; five grandchildren, Lana (Ben) Graw, Linsey (Mark) Fangmann, Koel Gibbs, Cali (Tyler) Solsma, Laura (Fiancée Bo Pagel) Duggan; seven great grandchildren, Calen and Reese, Shea, Drake and Kai, Evelyn Kate, and Weston; two siblings, Arlene Bell of Dyersville, and Duane (Ellen) Willenbring of Luxemburg; two sisters-in-law, Mary Willenbring of Guttenburg, and Virgean Meyer of Dubuque.
They lovingly sent her spirit to join Don and Alfie, her parents; sister, Velma (Jerry) Ungs; brother, David Willenbring; and brother-in-law, Herb Bell who also preceded her in death.
A woman so loved will always be a part of our hearts, sadly saying goodbye, but now you are free. You are an angel in the shape of our mom, when God took you back, he sang, “Halleluiah, You are home.”
When mom’s life story came to a close, she was cared for and loved by the staff at Oak Crest and Hospice of Dubuque, who we will forever be grateful for.
Online condolences left for the family at www.reifffuneralhomeinc.com