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Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
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Gladys Lien

Gladys M Lien (Mednansky)

Friday, May 11th, 1928 - Thursday, March 26th, 2020
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Gladys Mednansky Lien, age 91, Volin, S.D., died on March 26, 2020 at the Pioneer Memorial Nursing Home in Viborg, SD.
Gladys Mednansky was born on May 11, 1928, to Mike and Emma Mednansky. She was one of 14 children. The family lived in Cottonwood and Philip before moving to a homestead north of Kadoka. She completed 12 years of schooling at Kadoka School, and graduated in 1948.
She moved to Yankton, SD after graduation, where she worked as a medical secretary at the State Hospital. She was united in marriage to Orvis J. Lien on June 16, 1950. To this union one son and two daughters were born.
In addition to raising their three children, Gladys was an active partner in managing the family farm. She was also involved with Ladies’ Aid, served on the church council and was a Sunday school teacher. She also worked for many years at Gurney’s in Yankton. She was an avid gardener, maintaining a large vegetable garden for many years, from which she fed not only the family but also many neighbors through her canned goods and also her famous apple pies! Her beautiful flowers were well known, and she loved to share them with family, neighbors, and the church.
Grateful for sharing her life are her son, David, her daughter Julie Mellem and her husband Paul, Volin; her daughter Barb Hart and her husband Terry, Jacksonville FL; grandchildren, Eric (Sarah) Mellem; Kevin Mellem, Ashley Reints (Devin) , and Brianna (Lucki) Lien-Onsy; great-grandchildren, Megan, Kaitlynn, Jefferey and Brooklynn Mellem; Aria Reints; Tayis, Indy and Iva Lien-Onsey; and a very large number of nieces, nephews, and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Emma and Michael Mednansky; husband, Orvis Lien; seven brothers: Michael as an infant, Frank, John, Clarence, Arthur. Ervin (Bud) and Edward Mednansky; six sisters: Clara Pearson, Albina Mowery, Helen Boyd, Alice Mednansky as a child, and Evelyn and Elizabeth Mednansky as infants. Gladys was the last surviving child of her family.
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Barry Zachariahs Aseracare

Posted at 10:18am
Please accept our deepest sympathies at this time. Know you are in our thoughts. Barry Zachariahs. Aseracare Hospice

Janna Thielsen

Posted at 08:35pm
R.I.P. Aunt Gladys so sad to see the rest of the Mednansky elders gone.

Betty Habben, Graig Habben, and Janna

Connie Mors

Posted at 06:19pm
I worked with Gladys for many years at Gurney's where we shared many laughs, recipes and friendship. I visited Gladys at the farm with my kids many times. I have some of her Shasta daisies, lilac's and peony's that she graciously shared with me over the years. We concocted a delicious clam chowder that I still serve every Christmas with my family. My daughter had one of her farm kittens who turned out to be a real naughty boy even after being fixed. Gladys loved her books and shared many with me and the kids over the years. She was very proud of her grand-kids and loved to share with me all their accomplishments. She was a strong woman but also had a heart of gold and a wonderful sense of humor. Rest in Peace dear friend. I loved you from the minute I sat next to you at Gurney's. Connie Gleich Mors

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