October 15, 1944 – June 28, 2016


Funeral Services will be at 2 pm, Friday at American Lutheran Church, Long Prairie for Gloria A. Barthel, age 71, of Swanville who passed away on Tuesday at her home. Rev. David Greaver will officiate and burial will be at Springbrook Cemetery, Swanville. Family and friends may call from 4-8 pm, Thursday at the Williams Dingmann Funeral Home – Stein Chapel, Long Prairie and one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.

Gloria Ann Johnson was born October 15, 1944 in Little Falls, Minnesota, the daughter of Theodore and Doris (Berry) Johnson. She grew up in Burtrum, Minnesota and attended school in Burtrum and later Grey Eagle, graduating from high school in 1962. Gloria married Frank Barthel on June 2, 1962 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Swanville. They made their home in Pierz for a short time before returning to Swanville, where they raised their family. She was later employed at Jennie-O Foods from 1988 until 2006 when she retired.

Gloria was a former member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Swanville where she was a Sunday greeter and Wednesday substitute teacher and listener, and more recently American Lutheran Church in Long Prairie. She was a very talented sewer and did all types of needlework. She belonged to a horseshoe league. Gloria enjoyed gardening, birdwatching, and collecting angels. She also learned how to text and facebook to keep in touch with her family. Her greatest joy was spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Frank, Swanville; children, Debra LeNore, Upsala; Frank J. (Cheri) Barthel, Long Prairie; Julie (Gordon) Posterick, Little Falls; and Sandra (Michael) Dorseth, Princeton; siblings, Janice (Dale) VanZee, Melrose; Shirley (Jim Hendrickson) Loxterkamp, Remer; Robert (Donna) Johnson, Alexandria; Gary (Debbie) Johnson, Little Falls; Allen (Sandra) Johnson, Pillsbury; and James (Linda) Johnson, Lindstrom; nine grandchildren, Lance Posterick, Justin Posterick, Crystal Okerman, Eric Dorseth, Alex Dorseth, Amanda Schmidt, Rick LeNore, Carrie Barthel, Annette Barthel, and Amanda Schmidt, and 11 great-grandchildren with one more on the way.

She was preceded in death by her parents, son-in-law, Roger Lenore, and two brothers, Calvin and William Johnson.