Official Obituary of

Gladys L. (Tanis) Lauritzen

November 16, 1931 ~ March 20, 2024 (age 92) 92 Years Old

Gladys Lauritzen Obituary

Gladys L. (Tanis) Lauritzen, age 92, died peacefully at Green Acres of Fremont, on Wednesday, March 20, 2024.  She was born on November 16, 1931 in Reeman, Michigan to Gilbert and Doris (Dykman) Tanis.  She graduated from Fremont High School.  Gladys married Bernard Lauritzen on August 10, 1951.  Together they worked to establish Lauritzen Well Drilling where it grew to be a vital part of the community.  She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Fremont.  During her lifetime, Gladys played softball in her younger years, enjoyed bowling in the afternoon women's leagues and traveled around the country bowling in yearly tournaments.  She also was a faithful attendee of water aerobics and Tamarac where she walked many miles.  She loved to garden, grow flowers, and have family get-togethers at the lake.  Gladys was preceded in death by her husband, Bern.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, her brothers:  Les, Gilbert, Alvin and Jerry; and her sisters:  Pauline and Donna.  She is survived by her children:  sons, Ronald (Marilyn) Lauritzen of Fremont, Gary (Janna) Lauritzen of Grand Haven, and Kevin (Tina) Lauritzen of Allendale.  Daughter, Mary Jo (Lane) Jividen of Winfield, WV.  Gladys is also survived by her grandchildren and great grandchildren:  Julie (Dale) Norris (Anna, Drew, Allie); Lisa (Steve) Arcello (Ryan, Aaron); Steve (Emily) Lauritzen (Natalie, Clara, Meredith); Matthew (Emily) Lauritzen (Gwen, Benjamin); Kasey (Karol) Szlachta (Stanley); Korey (David) Holliday (Alistair, Noa, Walter, Sybil), Cam (Maggie) Jividen (Cayson); Andy Lauritzen; Meghan (James) Zeldenrust.  Also surviving are her sisters Evelyn Harmon and Charlotte Andrews, and sisters-in-law Joyce Tanis and Eldora Gibbie along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.  A special thank you to the wonderful staff of caregivers at Green Acres of Fremont.  Funeral services for Gladys will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, March 25, 2024 at First Baptist Church of Fremont with Dr. Steve Witter officiating.  Burial will be at Maple Grove Cemetery in Fremont.  Friends may visit one hour prior to the service at church, from 10-11 AM on Monday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Gladys's name to:  St. Jude, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105, First Baptist Church of Fremont, Building Fund, 51 W Oak Street, Fremont, MI 49412, Hospice of Michigan, Donation Processing Center, 989 Spaulding Ave SE Ada, MI 49301-3701.  You can sign the online guest book at  Arrangements are by Kroeze-Wolffis Funeral Home, Inc. of Fremont.



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March 25, 2024

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Fremont
51 W. Oak Street
Fremont, MI 49412

Funeral Service
March 25, 2024

11:00 AM
First Baptist Church of Fremont
51 W. Oak Street
Fremont, MI 49412


St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-9959
Tel: 1-800-805-5856

First Baptist Church of Fremont Building Fund
51 W. Oak Street, Fremont MI 49412

Hospice of Michigan, Donation Processing Center
989 Spaulding Ave SE, Ada MI 49301
Tel: 1-888-247-5701


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