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750 6th Avenue West
Melville, SK S0A 2P0
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Gladys McDade

Gladys McDade

Saturday, April 5, 1930 - Friday, February 12, 2021
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It is with great sadness that the family of Wilhelmine “Gladys” McDade (nee Gross) announces her passing at St. Paul Lutheran Home in Melville, SK, on Friday, February 12, 2021, at the age of 90 years.

Gladys was born on April 5, 1930, at Earl Grey, SK, to Bertha and George Gross. She attended Sweet Hill School. Gladys met her future husband at the age of 13 years at a school dance. They attended a box social, where Bill bought Gladys’ box lunch so that they could spend time together. They were united in marriage in Watrous, SK, on October 25, 1952. The couple farmed for two years in the Simpson district, welcoming a son, George Alexander, in 1953. The small family moved to Simpson in 1954, where Bill started working as a mechanic. They welcomed a daughter, Valerie Jean, in 1957. The family then moved to Watrous in 1962, where Gladys worked as a cook for the Manitou Mineral Spa, and Bill continued to work as a mechanic. The family moved to Melville, SK, in 1969, where they settled for the remainder of their lives.

Bill worked as a mechanic, eventually having the opportunity to work as the head mechanic for the Deer Park School Division. Gladys worked in the kitchen at St. Paul Lutheran Home for one year. She then decided to open a foster home in 1971 with Bill, where they served children and some adults with intellectual disabilities, as well as others who were in a time of need. Bill continued to work as a mechanic while also helping Gladys with the foster home.

Gladys had a servant’s heart and wanted to help others in need. She cared for many people over the years, about 100 in total. At one time, they took care of 12 people at once but usually had 6 people in their home at one time. Gladys was always there for people in need and never made anyone feel less of themselves for asking for help. Some of the people who stayed in their home stayed for months, some for years. Their home was a place of refuge where foster children were loved like family. Gladys and Bill were foster parents for decades until the passing of Bill in 1987, after which Gladys continued until she had health issues at the end of 2002. She ran the foster home for 31 years in total. To this day, foster children and people who stayed at her house were still in contact with Gladys, which is a testament to the positive impact that she had on so many lives.

Gladys spent her remaining years at St. Paul Lutheran Home, where she continued her ministry of helping others. She always helped the staff and residents as she was able. Gladys enjoyed the activities at the nursing home, including dances, adopt-a-grandparent, bingo, bowling and musical performances. She also enjoyed many visits with family and friends over the years during her stay at the nursing home. The staff loved her like family, as did Dr. Eshawesh, who cared for her for decades.

Gladys will be lovingly remembered by her children, George (Betty) and Valerie (Dennis); her brother, Ervin (Carol); sisters-in-law Doreen and Nancy; her grandchildren, Raquel, Carlene (Lloyd), Derek, Crystal (Brian), Terence (Dee-Anna), Joseph, Melissa (Darryl) and Paige; numerous great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nephews and nieces, foster children, foster family members and friends. Gladys was predeceased by her parents, Bertha and George Gross; her loving husband, William (Bill); sister Annie (Bernie); brothers Sigfried (Frieda), Alfred and Edward (Lois); brothers-in-law Robert (Shirley) and James; and her best friend, Edith (Harold).
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    Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 2:00pm
    Saturday, February 20, 2021 2:00pm
    Matthews Funeral Home, Melville
    750 6th Avenue West
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    The funeral service is private for immediate family, but will be live-streamed on Matthews Funeral Home's Facebook page. In keeping with Covid-19 regulations, the family invites you to watch the stream rather than attending the services.

    The stream can be watched, even by those without Facebook accounts, by going to the following address:
    Rev. Dave Taylor
    Pastor Tim Oehler
  • Interment

    Melville City Cemetery
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Mel & Sherri Stelmak

Posted at 12:36pm
Our Deepest sympathy Val Dennis and all her family..Gladys was a wonderful lady..She sat at the table with Mom for quite awhile and we got to know her ..She was always very pleasant and easy to talk to ..May she RIP now and be free from all her pain..God Bless you all at this sad time .

Dianne Ex

Posted at 11:21am
Our deepest condolence Val, Dennis & family. Gladys was a lovely lady and will be sadly missed by all who knew her.

Ruth Daunheimer.

Posted at 07:41am
Val and Dennis I am truly sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. My very deepest sympathy ,she was a very nice lady always had a smile for us and a kind word. I will miss her at the home. (one of the volunteers)

Karin Broda

Posted at 05:53pm
Val and Dennis so sorry for your loss, she was a wonderful lady. She was Always full of life and happy. ✝️

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