Gladys Johnson

gladys johnson

Gladys Johnson, 80, Fargo, ND passed away at Manor Care after many years of fighting three occurrences of cancer.   Most recently, she was diagnosed with bone cancer which, despite aggressive treatment at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota and at Essentia Hospital in Fargo, she left this world very peacefully on Thursday, November 27, 2014. Gladys Jaeger was born on June 1, 1934 in Winthrop, Minnesota to Berthold Jaeger and Esther (Hofferman) Jaeger.  She was raised on her family’s farm near Brownton, Minnesota and relocated to Fargo where she worked at St. John’s and Dakota Hospitals.  In 1964, she began real estate sales and soon became a real estate broker, and established “Faith Realty & Development”. After retiring from her career in real estate, she enjoyed traveling extensively to many countries around the world, fulfilling a life-long dream.  She loved volunteering at local theaters and supported the F-M Symphony and attended many exhibits at local galleries.  She thoroughly enjoyed gardening at her home and was an avid bird watcher.  She worked with the Audubon Society during seasonal migrations and her back yard is any bird’s favorite stop. Gladys is survived by her daughter, Roxanne (Johnson) Napolitano, Fargo and her granddaughter, Rachel Napolitano, New York City.

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  1. Fargo ND
    I was sad to hear of her passing. I admired her curiosity, her sense of purpose, & her work ethic. She was, in my view, a modern woman: open, tolerant, & thoughtful.

  2. Fargo North Dakota
    Gladys was a long-time volunteer for the Fargo Theatre. She was incredibly giving and dedicated to our organization. We always knew we could call Gladys if we found ourselves in a pinch and needed extra help. On a personal note, Gladys was very patient and friendly to me when I first started working at the Theatre. I will always be grateful for her kindness. We will miss her very much. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers.

  3. Fargo ND
    I had the pleasure of being Gladys’ roommate on a trip to Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands. It was one of several trips she took with student groups from MSU Moorhead. We had a grand time. While I hadn’t known her before the trip, getting to spend a week with her was an added bonus, and unexpected treat. I heard a lot about her daughter and granddaughter, of whom she was very proud. My sincere condolences to you.

    I will miss seeing Gladys at various events in town. She was quite a lady and a role model for living life.

  4. Heartfelt condolences to the family. Enjoyed conversing politics when working with Gladys at the FargoDome. She will be missed.

  5. fargo ND
    So sorry for your loss, Such a lovely lady Gladys was, she lived on the same block as me, and we visited often, she was always smiling and always so happy and positive, I will miss you sweet lady……Another beautiful angel in Gods heavenly home…..

  6. menomonie Even though it’s been 14 years since I met Gladys and laughed together on our trip to China, we had yearly telephone chats reviewing her busy and happy life.
    We also flew out East to my nieces wedding about 10 years ago. We were a little late to the church, as our directions weren’t always the greatest, but we still enjoyed our times together.
    She was a lady of class and worth. I’m sure her family will truly miss her helpful nature as will the many others she encountered.

    Gladys was a dear friend for the past 25 years and we will miss her very much. I first met her at the Concordia Language camp and then traveled with her to Russia. She was always busy with her volunteer work and was always happy to see all her friends. She was especially proud of l you, Roxanne, and kept us up to date on your many achievements in life. I will miss our noon lunches and hearing about her thoughts on politics and the medical establishments in Fargo. Our deepest sympathy to you, Roxanne, and other family members.

  8. Horace ND
    I would like to extend my sypathys to the family of Gladys . I was Gladys’s physical therapist. We had many wonderful conversations . I always looked forward to her visits and listening to her always interesting stories. You will be missed, Gladys.

  9. Fargo ND
    Gladys and I often volunteered at the same event. It got to be that we’d shake our heads when we both showed up at the same place. It was just my good luck to be there when she was. She always had a smile while she was working and a spark that showed she was enjoying it. My condolences to her family

  10. Fargo NdI had the pleasure of working with Gladys at the FARGODOME. What stories she had to tell! She was always busy doing or working somewhere. She had spunk. I so enjoyed getting to know her and I will miss her. My condolences to the family.

  11. West Fargo ND
    Dear Roxy,
    I am so sad to hear of your mom’s passing. She was such a sweet lady and whenever she would stop into the bank she would give me a hug and we would sit and visit. She was so proud of you and your daughter and always spoke so highly of you both.
    She was quite a gal and I truly will miss her. My prayers to you and your family.
    Emily Hagen

  12. My heartfelt condolences to the family. I knew Gladys thru working at the FargoDome and enjoyed our occasional politics chats. God’s Peace

  13. Fargo North Dakota
    My condolences to Glady’s family. I have fond memories of Gladys and I sharing our enjoyment of birds in the Audubon society.

  14. Fargo,ND We were so sad to hear of Gladys passing, what a great picture of Gladys, it was an honor and pleasure to get to know her and work for Gladys.
    She told you like it was, she had her lists for me and was a very knowledgeable person. We had many great visits and she will be missed. Always in our hearts. Les

  15. West Fargo ND
    I was a volunteer caregiver to her for a short time but enjoyed her company every time I was at her place. When she went to the hospital it was only right for me to visit her there and at Manor care.

  16. Sabin MN
    I met my friend Gladys almost 40 years ago. She was always a huge supporter of any and all my adventures both professionally and personnaly. I’ll miss her “to the point” advice and comments. With a wink and a smile I called her mom. With a wink and a smile she’d call me son.

  17. Fargo ND
    We are so sorry to see Gladys gone and offer our deepest condolences and sympathies to Roxanne and the rest of the family. Gladys helped us sell rental homes that needed to be sold and was a great friend to Lois over many years. They shared many things, ideas and reading material. We enjoyed Gladys’ company for many years at Thanksgiving and seeing her turn up all over the place doing volunteer work, attending an event or just plain exploring. She never let things rest but now is the time for her to rest.

  18. FARGO N. DakOur thoughts and prayers to the family of Gladys Johnson.
    I had the pleasure of meeting Gladys thru our work at the Fargo dome, she was truly a wonderful person and I enjoyed her friendship.
    Robert and Marilyn Kramer

  19. Fargo MN
    Gladys was a good and loyal friend of our family. We offer Roxanne and everyone our deepest and respectful condolences. Gladys helped my parents, Bob (Adrian) and Lois sell rental properties that needed to be sold and did not let that rest. We enjoyed Gladys at annual thanksgiving dinners and Gladys was a great friend to Lois, now 92, just as she was to Freda Paper, age 98. Gladys was a real trooper involved with everything and never let things rest. Now it is her turn to rest.

    – Minnesota
    Gladys was a very loyal volunteer for many years at the Minnesota
    State University Moorhead Regional Science Center.

    While she was active in a number of Science Center activities, she was very involved in the Science Center’s participation in the Feeder Watch Program(a national program to measure the population of birds during the winter.) She did enjoy watching birds!

    Gladys will be missed. Linda and I always enjoyed visiting with her about her trips.

    George Davis
    Director- retired
    Regional Science Center

  21. Moorhead MN
    My thoughts & prayers go out to the family & loved ones of Gladys. She was quite the lady, always willing to jump in and lend a helping hand. Gladys will be missed by many people at the Fargodome. May God bless you and be with you in the days ahead.

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