Gladys B. (Skaar) Bogotty, 92, died Sept. 18, 2016. Her family lived in St. Paul during the harsh Depression years of the early 1930s. Gladys was only 9 years old when her mother died in 1934. Her father was not able to care for all six children, so Gladys, along with her brother Gordon moved to the home of their maternal aunt and uncle near Staples, Minn. Her sister, Leona, moved near Granby, Minn., and three older brothers moved to be with other family near Baldwin, Wis.
When Gladys was in her teens, she and Gordon moved to live with a foster family in White Bear Lake. The siblings were not reunited until after World War II.
Gladys graduated from White Bear Lake High School in 1942 and entered the Cadet Nursing Program at Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing, graduating with the class of 1946.
Following graduation, Gladys worked at the Marine Hospital in San Francisco, Calif. By 1948, she was back in St. Paul, met Joseph Bogotty and they were married July 17, 1948.
She worked at Miller Hospital, before taking time to be home with her young children. She later returned to work part time for Dr. Malcolm Pearson until her retirement in 1987.
Gladys and Joseph had a loving relationship for more than 39 years.
At age 77, she visited Norway to see the home of her father (who had emigrated from there to the U.S. in 1908), with her daughter, Linda, at her side.
She was preceded in death by her husband, five siblings and her nephew. She is survived by her daughter, Linda Olson, of St. Anthony Park; four grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Sept. 27 at Grace Lutheran Church in St. Paul, with interment at Fort Snelling.