Gladys Nipstad

gladys nipstad

Gladys passed away at her home at Riverview Place in Fargo on January 17, 2015 surrounded by her loving family under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Gladys Vivian Hatlestad was born on September 26, 1915 in Hickson, ND, the daughter of Nels and Mina (Borreson) Hatlestad.  She was confirmed in the Lutheran faith on September 8, 1929 at North Pleasant Church, now known as Hickson Lutheran Church.  Gladys graduated from Kindred High School.  She was united in marriage to Tyrell Nipstad on April 23, 1939 at the bride’s home at Hickson. The couple farmed near Hickson for many years. Tyrell passed away unexpectedly in 1978.  Gladys lived on the farm until she was 90 years old moving to Riverview Place on September 25, 2005.

Gladys was a life-long member of Hickson Lutheran Church serving in many capacities, including the ELCW and Sunday School Superintendent.  She was a member of the Hickson Senior Citizens and enjoyed volunteering at Bethany Homes and the Sons of Norway. She was very active throughout the years on Pie Day and making rommergrot, lefse, and flatbread and was known for her excellent baking.  Gladys took pleasure in her lawn, garden and flower beds.  The greatest joy in life for Gladys came from her family – she loved spending time with her children and especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Allan (Bonnie) Nipstad of Grand Forks, ND; Jerome (Sandra)  Nipstad of  Hickson, ND, and  Marlene (Stephen) Hippe of Starbuck, MN; her very special seven grandchildren- Scott (MaryJane) Nipstad, Stacy (Chris) Bourassa, Lisa (Rob) Parrott, Kara (John) Zimmerman, Chad Nipstad, Troy Nipstad, and Paul Hippe;and nine great grandchildren. Also surviving are her brother-in-law, Kenneth (Margaret) Nipstad and sister-in-law Berniece Nipstad. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

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  1. Our condolences to Gladys’ family. May the special memories that you have of your years together ease the pain of your loss.
    Jim Hanson Family;


    Gladys was a True Inspiration to many. Facing so many adversities in her lifetime, she endured – always with an open door, open arms, huge smile, greatfulness, uplifting positive attitude, and more love for everything and everyone possible. She will be deeply missed. Heartfelt Sympathy to the entire Nipstad family.;

  3. NEW BRIGHTON MinnesotaGladys Nipstad was one fabulous Lady!! I always enjoyed visiting with her and enjoyed escorting her around the remodeled farmhouse that her Grandson, Scott and Maryjane now live in.
    Gladys will be missed by many. My sincere sympathy to all of the family.;

  4. we send our sympathies to the family. Gladys was the \”egg lady\” and introduced George to flatbread and kumkake. she almost made it the century mark. remembering her smile today…;

  5. Hickson ND

    I have only been privledged to know Gladys for the past 14 years, but she treated me as one of her own grandchildren which I am very grateful for. She is and will always be a very special person in my heart. She is finally dancing in heaven with Tyrell after all these years apart. What a fulfilling life – which I hope I am able to have as she did.


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