Gladys T. Carlson

June 28, 1940 ~ January 22, 2018 (age 77)

Funeral services for Gladys Carlson of Roseau will be held on Friday, January 26th at 3 PM at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau.  Visitation will be on Thursday from 5-7 PM with a 7:00 prayer service at Helgeson Funeral Home in Roseau.  Interment will be at the Oak Hill Cemetery south of Roseau.

Gladys T. Carlson was born to John and Thilda (Nordgaarden) Novak on June 28, 1940, in South St. Paul, MN. They moved to the Lake Bottom, north of Roseau in 1942. She attended a small country school in Ross until her 11th grade year. In 1957 Gladys met her future husband, Glenn Brotherston, at Christy’s Café in Roseau. He was on leave from the military. In 1958 she bought a bus ticket to the cities for $35 and worked at a potato chip factory for two weeks. After that she babysat, where she met a lady who was modeling. This led to her being hired by Daytons and Donaldson’s to model for them. Glenn traveled to the cities in his Model T car and they got married in Rapid City, SD on April 9, 1960. Glenn traded the Model T for an 8’ x 40’ mobile home in Rapid City, SD where they resided. Milo and Mark were born there. They moved to south of Badger, where Twila was born. Their house burned down in 1967, after which they bought a farm place a few miles from that location.  

Gladys got her drivers license and started working at Marvin Windows and Doors in 1977.  In 1979, Gladys moved to Roseau. She then worked at the Guest House until 1982. In 1983 Gladys married Russell Carlson and was a farmer’s wife until 1993, when she went to work at Polaris Industries. She was there until 1996. In 2003, Gladys moved into the North Star apartments where she resided until 2008. She then moved to Hot Springs, AR. In 2016 she moved back to Roseau.

Gladys was a charter member of the Roseau Eagles and enjoyed crocheting, knitting, doing puzzles, and playing card games. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Mark Brotherston of Hot Springs, AR; Twila Brotherston of Roseau; and Tammy Brotherston of Greenbush; three grandchildren, Brandon, Devon, and Kyle; two great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Ryden.  She was preceded in death by her parents and son, Milo Brotherston.

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