Gladys E. Bacon - Morris Nilsen Funeral Chapel

September 26, 1927 - October 18, 2023

Gladys E. Bacon

Proud Norwegian, wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, also known as Aunt Susie

Survived by sons, Neal (Cindy) and Bruce; daughter, Gale; grandchildren, Jon (Kelly), Jessica, Andrew (Karly), Matt; and great-grandson, Ryder; as well as many nieces and nephews, relatives and friends. She dearly loved her family and extended family.

Gladys was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. Her faith and her family were the center of her life. Her strong faith gave her the ability to look forward to the day her Savior would bring her home.

Gladys (Andreas) married Mark Bacon and together they raised their three children. During their marriage they lived in St. Paul and Bloomington, Minnesota They enjoyed camping and traveling to State Parks in and around Minnesota. They opened their home to Lutheran Social Services and had over 60 babies to care for until the newborns were adopted. For many years there were babies in their home. After her husband Mark passed away, she started traveling with friends. She made many bus trips around the United States. She also traveled to Norway (several times) with her daughter and her niece visiting with family and seeing the countryside. She also traveled to Italy and Greece with her daughter. When her first grandchild was born it gave her the opportunity to care for her, travel with her, and enjoy a special grandma/granddaughter relationship. Many summers were spent at Skogfjorden Norwegian Language Camp in Bemidji. She loved her grandchildren dearly; she was so happy and proud to receive the gift of a great grandson.

Volunteer work, her churches and her faith have always been important parts of her life. She was a volunteer at church, The Sons of Norway Lodge, Southdale Hospital, and anywhere else she was called. In addition to her volunteering, she enjoyed a variety of social activities including attending the Norwegian Lutheran Church for Tuesday Open House making waffles, a member of the Sons of Norway - Nor-sota Lodge, the Quilter’s group at Emmaus, and always on the lookout for card games.

Her strong faith, her strength in times of struggle, her love and devotion to her family, her willingness to help will be missed by all of us who knew her. We can rejoice knowing that she is now home in Heaven, safe and loved by her Savior.


  1. Bruce & Nanette Warn says:

    Gale, Neal and Bruce,

    Sorry for your loss, she will be deeply missed.

  2. A.J. Jorgensen says:

    What a wonderful person to celebrate. So sorry for the loss. She will certainly be missed but always remembered.

  3. Nancy and Ernie Barnes says:

    We concur with our son A.J.
    Susie was a blessing in so many lives and ours in particular, and she will be remembered with many fond and loving memories of a life well lived.

  4. Margaret Miller says:

    Gladys and I worked on her genealogy and I loved seeing her at Norsota Lodge. She is missed! Peggy Miller

  5. Judy Thul says:

    Neal, Gale and Bruce,
    Sending love to comfort you in your loss.
    May her love and laugh continue to live in your hearts forever ♥️

  6. Barb Tollefson says:

    Gladys was one of my mom Carroll’s best friends – they had many adventures together through the years. I always enjoyed when Gladys was over visiting my mom – she had the best laugh, so much energy and had such an adventurous spirit!! I’ve often thought of Gladys through the years since my mom passed away. I am happy to see she has lived such a fulfilling life. My condolences to the family.

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