Note: Salem Special, Salem, SD January 2, 1997 Funeral Mass for Gladys L. Huls, a former school teacher and extensive community volunteer, was held December 30, 1996 in St. Mary's Catholic Church, Salem, SD. The Mass was celebrated by Fr. Joseph Ripp and burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery. Pallbearers were grandsons, James Michael Huls, Ty Huls, Marc Rasmussen, Greg Linneman, Matt Huls and Joe Skoglund. Her remaining 22 grandchildren were honorary pallbearers. Gladys Louise O'Neil, daughter of Clarence and Selma (Johnson) O'Neil, was born November 28, 1915 south of Junius, in Lake County, SD. She grew up in Junius and Madison, SD and graduated from Madison High School in 1933. She went on to receive a teaching degree from Eastern Normal School, now Dakota State University. Gladys taught school in rural Arlington, SD, and the Feerick Country School, northeast of Salem, SD in McCook County. She married Joseph Huls on June 5, 1939 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Salem, SD. They farmed north of Salem until 1945 when they moved to a farm west of Salem where they raised their six children. Joe died April 17, 1987. On July 3, 1989 she married Francis "Barney" Huls at St. Mary's Church in Salem. The couple continued to live west of Salem. Gladys had many interests but especially loved music and learning. She played piano and organ for many events from "sing-a-longs" (where she met Joe) to community events, Senior Citizens, family, and church. She first played church organ at the age of 9 in the church which is now located in Prairie Village. Gladys never missed an opportunity to learn. New ideas and thoughts intrigued her. She was an inspiring model to her children and grandchildren. Gladys pursued life with courage and dedicated it to God, family and community. Gladys passed away Friday, December 27, 1996 at her farm home. She had reached the age of 81 years and 29 days. She battled cancer since June of 1996. She was an active member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, the church Altar Society, Christian Mothers Society, Foresters, was a former church organist, member of the Senior Citizens Advisory Board, belonged to various bridge clubs and the neighborhood extension club. Survivors include her husband, Francis "Barney" Huls of Salem, SD; six children, Jim and his wife Pat of Salem, SD; Don and his wife Adele of Chadron, Nebraska; Jean Rasmussen and her husband Glenn of Howard, SD; Denise Linneman and her husband Curt of Garner, Iowa; Mark and his wife Vicky of Salem, SD; and Mary Rae Skoglund and her husband Dave of Canova, SD; three step daughters; Kay Vogel and her husband Curt of Toledo, Ohio; Gayle Schwab and her husband Rick of Fargo, ND: and Bernadette Sorenson and her husband Ric of Fawston, MN; 28 grandchildren; one great granddaughter; 8 step grandchildren; 13 step great grand children; two brothers, Don O'Neil of Mission, Texas; Charles O'Neil and his wife Fran of Edmonds, Washington; and one sister, Leola Revell and her husband Earl of Des Moines, Iowa. She was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, Joe.
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