June 17, 1931 - December 25, 2015


Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 AM Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sauk Rapids for Gladys Fandel, who died Friday at the St. Cloud Hospital. The Rev. Ronald Dockendorf will officiate and burial will be in the parish cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8PM Tuesday at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home in Sauk Rapids and 1 hour prior to service on Wednesday at the church in Sauk Rapids. Sacred Heart Parish Prayers will be at 7PM on Tuesday evening at the funeral home in Sauk Rapids.

Gladys was born in Richardton, ND to Peter & Natalie (Marthe) Pflepsen. She grew up on the family Dairy farm near Richardton and enjoyed helping her dad milk the cows and then deliver the milk on the milk route. She attended grade school in Richardton and moved to St. Cloud where she graduated from Tech High School. She married Sylvester Frank Fandel on June 23, 1951 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud and they were divorced in 1972. She worked at K Mart in St. Cloud and District 742 for many years. She also owned and operated two resturants in St. Cloud, Matt’s Hamburgers and Chefs Café. She was one of the first dial a ride drivers for Voigt’s bus service. She enjoyed playing the organ, crocheting, embroidering, playing Seduko and cooking. She especially loved spending time babysitting her great grandchildren.

Survivors include her daughter, Julie (Ben) Dockendorf of Sauk Rapids; brother, Raymond Pflepson of Richardton, ND; granddaughters, Karen (David) Peacock, Lisa Pierskalla, great grandchildren, Alycia Peacock, Cheyenne Takanori, Kaylin Peacock, Shaylee Peacock, Devin Pierskalla and Brenna Peacock. She was also survived by her beloved dog, Katie.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sisters and brothers, Ottilia Marthe, Edna Binek, Jerome, Kenneth, Richard, Donald, Norbert Pflepson and two young siblings. She was also preceded in death by her beloved dog, Kayla.