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Gwelda M Glaus

Gwelda M Glaus

Gwelda M. Glaus, age 93 of Durand, died Monday, August 31, 2020 at her home with her family by her side.

Gwelda was born on September 8, 1926 in Arkansaw. She was the daughter of Wilford and Clara (Supri) Patnode. Gwelda grew up in Arkansaw and graduated from Arkansaw High School in 1943. Her mother, Clara died at an early age and her father, Wilford, later remarried Bessie Keeler. After high school at the age of 17, Gwelda began her lifelong career as a teacher. She graduated from Buffalo County Normal School in 1945. Gwelda married Leslie Glaus, together they had four children and later divorced. While teaching, Gwelda took night classes and attained a bachelor’s degree in education. Gwelda taught at a one room school in the town of Waterville known as Forest Vale, St. Mary’s School in Durand and finished her teaching career at Arkansaw Elementary School.

Gwelda loved to travel and was able to visit many different countries, including taking a summer to teach in Scotland. She also enjoyed golfing with her ladies’ group and playing cards. Gwelda volunteered with the American Red Cross for nearly 20 years. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Gwelda is survived by her children; Teresa (John) Schultz of Jim Falls, Rod (Dianne) of Durand and Greg (Roxie) of Durand, son-in-law; Don Jaquish of Eau Claire, 15 grandchildren; Jill (Forrest), Jenny (Jeff), Erin (Seth), Megan (Lee), Tiffany (Steve), Lesley (Kevin), Brad (Miranda), Tim (Marci), Jeff (Beth), Jolee (Jason), Paul (Amanda), Dave (Sara), Kelly (Lynn), Kerry (Scott), Lisa (Jame), 28 great grandchildren; Anna, Andrew, Oliva, Cole, Mia, Bella, Pippa, Eddy, Evelyn, Jayce, Clara, Jaidyn, Wesley, Fredrick, Sylvie, Alex, Allison, Jackson, Devin, Clare, Christian, Landen, Adelyn, Jacob, Zach, Katie, Ashley and Jordan, one brother; Giles Patnode, one sister; Fern Ingalls, one sister-in-law; Evelyn Keeler, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, stepmother, daughter; Babbette Jaquish, son-in-law; Mark Silberhorn, one brother; Warren Patnode and seven step-siblings; Bill, Ruth, Phil, Mildred, Peg, Isabelle and Bernie.

Graveside Services will be 12:00PM Noon Saturday, September 5, 2020 at the Arkansaw Memorial Cemetery in Arkansaw, WI. A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00PM-5:00PM at the Glaus Brothers Shop, W5356 US HWY 10, Durand, WI 54736.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Patti Blount

    I'm sorry to hear about the loss of Gwelda. She was a very nice and lovely lady. Sympathy to the family during this difficult time.

  2. Greg Fay

    Gwelda was a sweet woman ... Always had a kind word for me or a word of advice ! The world is a lesser place for her passing ! RIP ...

  3. Lee and Char Anderson

    So sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you during this difficult time.
    Lee & Char Anderson

  4. Diana and Dan Bauer

    My parents once owned the farm where Gwelda lived. I always talked with her whenever i saw her. What a sweet, lovely lady! Condolences to the family.

  5. Rod and Pam Weiss

    Our sympathy, Gwelda has been such a great friend to the Prissel family for many years, a warm and loving person that so many people will miss. Wishing you peaceful hearts,
    Rod and Pam Weiss

  6. Rick & Estella Bauer

    Gwelda was an unique pleasant lady. She always made you feel special. She is smiling from above watching over us.

  7. Joe & Lori Myers

    Teresa, Greg, Rod and the entire Glaus family - we are sorry for your loss.
    Gwelda's sweet smile and soft voice always may the day brighter. What a wonderful sweet lady that served our community. We are sending our prayers and hugs.

  8. Arkansaw Class of 1981

    Mrs. Glaus, was our favorite grade school teacher. To the community she was a teacher, to her students…a hero!
    We praise you Glweda, you earned your heavenly angel wings.

  9. Mary A Schwartz

    So sorry for your loss she was a great lady and always had a great smile loved her visit's when she would come to the Home Place to see Warren and I worked there

  10. Sarah Briggs

    So sorry for you loss. She will be missed.

  11. Nancy K Schroeder

    My deepest sympathy to the Glaus family. Mrs Glaus was a very special lady. I even had the pleasure of golfing with her. Blessing to you all and you have great memories of your mother.

  12. Becky Richardson

    Deepest sympathy for the loss of a great lady! She spoke fondly of her family, her teaching career and there never was a stranger when she was around. I’m going to miss that dear lady!

  13. Doug&Diane Knudsen

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. She was such a neat lady

  14. Mary Brunner

    So sorry to see the passing of Mrs. Glaus. She was a fabulous 4th grade teacher.

  15. Dick and Kaye Norrish

    Were very sorry for your loss. Gwelda was a beautiful person and a great teacher. She will now join her beautiful daughter. She will be greatly missed

  16. Dick and Doshie Grey

    Our sympathy to all of the Family. I think she had a grand life teaching, helping people and raising a wonderfully large family. I have fond memories, of her and playing with Teresa and Babette at their house when young. I am sure she will be looking down and watching over all of you.

  17. Susan Snyder

    I was so sorry to hear about Gwelda’s passing. She was such a wonderful lady, and always had a smile on her face. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I know that you will miss her deeply, but I also know that you have wonderful memories of her. God bless.

  18. Dick and Ruth Doughty

    So sorry for your loss. I taught many years with Gwelda. Also enjoyed several winters in Florida with her. Just ran into Marie and her having ice cream. We Had a nice visit. She was a great lady and I have many memories of our days at Arkansaw together


    So sorry for your loss.Thought’s and prayers are with you and your family

  20. Ann Logsdon

    Gwelda was my 5th grade teacher and is remembered as one of my favorites. Not only was she a wonderful teacher, she was a lovely person. Rest In Peace, Gwelda! My thoughts and prayers to all her family.

  21. Nick and Sue Sperger

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  22. Mark & Cindy (Lauer) Spindler

    Gwelda was a wonderful kindhearted person. She was my 4th Grade teacher at Arkansaw and my favorite! I remember her as a proud Grandmother bringing Jill to school one day. She hired a few of us 8th Grade girls to help her with her leaves one year and told us there were some nice looking boys across the road. Many years later I married one of them and she was at our wedding. Many fond memories to cherish of her. Sending prayers and sympathy to her family.

  23. Jennifer Harmon Nickowski

    My deepest sympathies on the passing of Ms. Glaus. What a wonderful lady she was. Was blessed to have her as my 5th grade teacher. May you treasure your memories. PEACE

  24. Ken and Peggy Manor

    We are so sorry to hear about your great loss of a very wonderful and kind lady. We send our deepest and sincere sympathy to all the family.
    Love and prayers.

  25. Audrey Bussow

    Such a sweet and kind lady. So sorry for your loss.

  26. Barb Heffernan

    So very sorry to hear about Gwelda. She was a lovely lady!

  27. Gary & Judi Bauer

    Our deepest Sympathy to the Glaus families, Gwelda was a very special lady. Keeping you all in our prayers

  28. Paul & Char Fetzer

    We are so very sorry for your loss. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

  29. Sheila (Lauer) Kanis

    Mrs. Glaus was such a wonderful teacher! She was one of the reasons I became a teacher. I wanted to be just like her when I grew up! She was always so kind, caring and full of love for everyone! I did learn of some of her shenanigans at her retirement party! What a fun classy lady! She left footprints on many hearts!????????????????❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  30. John and Patty Wayne

    Our Heartfelt Sympathy goes out for your family loss.
    She was a wonderful person she was my 4th grade teacher and she made learning fun, she took a special interest in each other students I'm figured out what works for each student and helped us reach our personal goals.
    She always visited and caught up with what we're doing in our life, joy to talk to everytime.

  31. Maralyn and LaVere Anderson

    Our sympathy to your families. Gwelda was such a sweet, caring lady. Awesome teacher for many years - she will be missed.

  32. Kathy and Scott Hutter-Messier

    Sympathy and prayers to Gwelda's family. Such an awesome lady.

  33. Madalyn & Bob Fleishauer

    So sorry for your loss! ???? Gwelda was beautiful inside and out! She was a joy to be around, and will be missed by many!

  34. Joanne Hovey

    She was a very nice person.. Sympathy to the family.

  35. Georgeewarren

    It’s too bad too hear about your mother.I will be thinking about your family in this difficult time.She was always a nice lady to me.

  36. Cheryl Brindle

    I'm so sorry for your loss. Gwelda was one of the most sincerely beautiful woman I have ever known. Her heart was full of love for others and praise for our Lord. Blessings of peace to family & friends.

  37. Ross Lunderville

    So sorry for your loss.Thought’s and prayers are with you and your family.Fond memories of your mother.She always had kind words and good advice.

  38. John and Judy Parr

    A wounderful person hugs to all you can be very proud to be her children

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