Gloria L. Sundstrom, age 93, of Coon Rapids, passed away at her niece’s home in Coon Rapids on Sept. 8, 2019.
Gloria was born Gloria Laverne Lindberg on Aug. 30, 1926, to Clarence and Agnes (Norberg) Lindberg. She was born on her Grandpa Lars Lindberg’s farm in Isanti, Minnesota. Gloria was the fourth child born to the family. Shortly after birth, the family moved to her Grandpa John Norberg’s farm in Blomford, Minnesota, and attended Blomford grade school. The family then moved to the Bradford area where she lived until she graduated from Cambridge High School in 1945.
Gloria worked in Minneapolis living with her sister, Doris. On Nov. 28, 1959, she married Walter Sundstrom from Tower, Minnesota. She was a true faithful servant to the Lord and attended most of her married life at Spring Lake Park Baptist Church. Gloria did not have children, but loved and was loved by many nieces and nephews. The most important thing to her was their salvation. She would even pick them up and take them to church if their parents weren’t able.
Gloria worked for 36 years at Munsingwear in Minneapolis. She was able to supply her nephews with a lifetime supply of T-shirts and underwear. After an early retirement, she and Walt bought a cabin on Big Sandy Lake next to her sister, Doris. In April of 2000, Gloria lost Walt to brain cancer. She spent much of the rest of her life living with her sister, Doris – for years in Doris’ home in Fridley, and then living together at Homestead at Anoka. Gloria lost her best friend and sister in July of 2018, followed by her other sister, Grace, in December of 2018. Gloria lived by herself until June of 2019 at which time she moved in with her niece.
On Aug. 25 Gloria had a big 93rd birthday party with all of her brothers’ and sisters’ kids in attendance. She smiled the whole day. Almost as if she was waiting until after her party, Gloria’s health started to deteriorate quickly. Without saying, most knew it would be their last time seeing her. Gloria passed on Sept. 9, 2019, under the care of her niece and Allina Hospice.
Gloria is survived by her brother Warren Lindberg of Edina, and most recently of San Jose, California; sister-in-law Shirley (Johnson) Lindberg of New Brighton and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Agnes (Norberg) Lindberg; sister Gladys; brothers Charles (Raymond) and Vernon Lindberg; and sisters Doris Larson and Grace Hammar.
The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Strike Life Tributes in ISANTI with visitation one hour prior to the service. Online condolences can be placed at StrikeLifeTributes.com.