Bagaas, Gladys Irma (Nicholls) (1917-2015)

Gladys Bagaas, 97, of Thief River Falls, MN, formerly of rural Argyle, MN, passed away on Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Thief River Falls Care Center in Thief River Falls.

Gladys Irma Nicholls was born on November 6, 1917 in Marshall County, MN, to Garfield and Rose (Qualley) Nicholls. On March 27, 1919, her mother and baby brother died of the flu. Before her father was remarried to Agnes Klopp, Gladys was lovingly cared for by her Grandma Qualley and Aunt Lilly.

Gladys attended Washington school through 8th grade and one of her favorite things then, and for the rest of her life, was music. She could play piano and accordion by ear and the song Red Wing cannot be played without visions of Gladys and her accordion. Gladys was confirmed in Grace United Methodist church in Warren which she attended with her father, “Papa.” She later attended Lutheran churches and was a longtime member of Alma Lutheran in rural Argyle, MN.

On July 1, 1937, she was united in marriage to Einer Bagaas at the Marshall County Fair in front of 1,200 people, with eight carnival girls as her attendants.

The family moved often, due to the war and their Dad’s changing jobs, living in Duluth, MN; Warren; Petaluma, Montague and Yreka, CA;and Argyle. Wherever they lived, Einer would fix anything that needed it and Gladys would make a lovely home with good food and lots of love. Einer passed away in May of 1978.

In 1994, Gladys moved to Thief River Falls; in 2007, she moved to Valley Home; and in 2010, she entered the Care Center. Her family can never say “Thank you” enough to all of the employees there for helping make her last few years as good as possible.

Gladys was such a hard worker and enjoyed baking, canning, gardening, cleaning and entertaining friends and family. Her faith was important to her and she loved her Bible studies and working with the ladies at Alma. Her sense of humor was catching and there was usually a lot of laughter when she was around.

She is survived by her children, Rosalie (Richard) Peterson of Fargo, ND; Betty (Evert) Langelett of Thief River Falls, and Norman (Gwen) Bagaas of Tucson, AZ; 8 grandchildren; 4 stepgrandchildren; 23 great- grandchildren; 13 great- great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Myrtle Ritko of Warren.

[Interred Greenwood cemetery]

Transcribed by: Cheryl Srnsky