Gloria Pfremmer, 73, of Harmony

Gloria Jean Pfremmer, age 73, of Harmony, died Feb. 5, 2020, at her home.

Gloria was born Dec. 27, 1946, in Benson, Minn., to Harold and Shirley (Jones) Smith. She graduated from Minneapolis Vocational High School and Technical Institute in 1964, with a degree in business. In 1963, she began working for Dayton’s in downtown Minneapolis, first in the sales audit department and then in the statistical department.

In 1966, she met Wayne Pfremmer in La Crosse, Wis. On May 6, 1967, they married at Ascension Catholic Church in North Minneapolis. They farmed in Harmony and Carrolton townships. Over the years, Gloria worked at various businesses in Harmony including Harmony High School as payroll clerk, Harmony Livestock Sales, the Sugar Plum House and Kwik Trip and most recently at the Amish Experience in Lanesboro. In between, she was a stay-at-home mom to their three children.

Gloria was a member of Nativity Catholic Church in Harmony being an active member of the NCCW as guild leader, secretary and president. She was on the Parish Council for several years and a religious education teacher for nine years. She was also a member of the Town and Country Homemakers Club, Harmony Helping Hands 4-H leader and a longtime member of a “Group” of very special friends She was on an Olmsted Medical Center – Health Care Home Patient Advisory Team for several years, also was a certified leader at meetings for a “Chronic Disease Self-Management” program.

Gloria thoroughly enjoyed being a mother of three, a granny of two, and great-granny (Gigi). Other interests included bird-watching, mowing (yes, mowing) cake decorating, reading, sitting by the fire inside and out, knitting and just enjoying nature’s beauty all around her. Especially enjoyable were the road trips with her best friend and husband of 52 years, Wayne.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne; two sons, Curtis (Wendy) of Preston, Chris (Cindy) of Harmony and one daughter, Stefanie Pfremmer, and her significant other, Kenan Ward and his two boys, Eddie and Kenan, of Viroqua, Wis.; two grandsons, Derek of Harmony and Nathan of Preston; one great-granddaughter, Sydney of Harmony; one sister, Wanita Milana of St. Louis Park, Minn.; one niece and four nephews; two great-nephews as well as many aunts, uncles and cousins.

She goes to join her father, her mother and her sister, Dianna, who all preceded her in death.

A Funeral Mass will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at Nativity Catholic Church, Harmony. Friends may call on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the church.

Lindstrom Funeral Home is assisting the family.