Gladys Elizabeth Dalbec, 94, Princeton, MN, died Friday, August 24, 2012 at
the Elim Care & Rehab Center, Milaca, MN.
Gladys was born on April 22, 1918 to Polish immigrant parents, Aloysius and
Mary (Franczak) Ziemba in northeast Minneapolis, MN, along with her four
sisters and two brothers. She attended Everette Grade School and Sheridan
High School. While growing up in Minneapolis, one of her loves was
swimming. She was known as the Northeast Minneapolis girls swim champion.
She and others from the neighborhood would dive from the bridges in
Minneapolis into the Mississippi River.
She married her husband, Russell Dalbec on July 14, 1938 in Hudson, WI.
They had three daughters, Judy, Patti and Debbie.
Gladys worked as a waitress at the Kin Chu Café in Minneapolis in her late
teens. During WWII, while her husband was in the Army, she worked at Scott
Atwater, where she made shafts for the B-29 bombers that carried our US
crewmen to Iwo Jima. She was very proud to serve her country, her husband
She and Russell operated two resorts before their retirement. One was
Lewis’s Bay Lake Resort on Bay Lake and the other the Little Wolf Resort on
Littlewolf Lake in Cass Lake. It was after their retirement that they moved
to Princeton, MN, to be near their children. Her husband passed away on
January 3, 1981. Gladys babysat for her grandchildren for twelve years and
then retired for a second time.
She enjoyed watching Lawrence Welk, embroidering, reading, puzzles, Yahtzee,
painting ceramics, gardening, walking and spending time with family and
friends. But her biggest joy in life was being able to help someone. She
faithfully supported many charities, such as St. Jude’s Hospital, the Union
Gospel Mission in the Twin Cities, Boy’s Town, The Marianist and Salesian
Gladys was a strong and faithful servant. Not a day was begun or ended
without prayer. We give thanks that God looked down on his faithful child,
Gladys and took her home so peacefully.
She is survived by her daughters: Judy Abney of Princeton, Patti (Bernie)
Miller of Foreston and Debbie (Tim) Hoeft of Princeton; eleven
grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren and three great
great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband: Russell; her
son-in-law: Merl Abney; her parents, four sisters and two brothers.
The Service was held on Tuesday, August 28th at Christ Our Light-North
Burial: St. Edward’s Catholic Cemetery, Princeton, MN.