Gladys Flage

Gladys V. Flage, 97, lifetime resident of Waukon, departed her earthly life and went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 17, 2015 with family at her side. She lived in Cedar Rapids briefly before her death.
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, February 28 at 2 p.m. at Zalmona Presbyterian Church in rural Waukon with Pastor Tom Buresh officiating. A private burial will take place earlier in the day Saturday. Friends may call from 5-7 p.m. Friday, February 27 at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Zalmona Presbyterian Church.
Gladys Viola Flage was born July 17, 1917 in Waterville, the daughter of Albert G. and Karen M. (Leyse) Hagen. Her family and involvement at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church laid a foundation for her Christian faith. Gladys graduated from Waterville High School and Waukon Junior College. She taught elementary school in the Waukon area for several years.
She married David Benjamin Flage August 4, 1940 at Old West Paint Creek Lutheran Church. Together they farmed in Ludlow Township for 40 years before moving to Waukon in 1989. Over the years she found great fulfillment in serving alongside her Zalmona church family.
Her greatest joy was being with family and she treasured the times when children and grandchildren gathered together. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, David, including special trips to Germany. Music was a means to “light up her life.” She enjoyed flower gardening. In her later years when she was dependent on care from others, she consistently displayed a sweet spirit of thankfulness and joy, evidence of her faith and trust in Christ as Savior.
Survivors include her children, Ruth (Milt) Nolting of Spirit Lake, Carol (Neil) Middleton of Rockford, IL, David J. Flage of Waterloo, Mark Flage of Athens, GA, Sharon (Kim) Pagel of Cedar Rapids and Steve (Jerri Dee) Flage of Algonquin, IL; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Jean Hagen. She was preceded in death by her husband. David; a grandson, Lars Middleton; three brothers, Grant, Leonard, and Walter Hagen; and two sisters, Mabel Simmons and Cora Beegel.
Psalm 116:15 - Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His faithful servant.
Casketbearers are Ryan, Josh and Jason Pagel, Tim Nolting, and Andy and Mark Flage. Online condolences may be left at

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