Gladys Valencic

Resided in Escanaba, MI
Died May 28, 2022

Gladys Valencic, age 90, of Marion, Iowa and formerly of Escanaba, Michigan, passed away peacefully Saturday May 28, 2022, at Keystone Cedars Assisted Living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Gladys was born October 13, 1931, in Escanaba, Michigan, the daughter of Iver and Marcella (Moreau) Nelson. She was raised in Escanaba, Michigan and was a 1949 graduate of Escanaba High School. On October 6, 1951, Gladys was united in marriage to Lawrence Valencic and together the couple made their home, raised their family and spent many wonderful years together in Marion, Iowa.

Gladys enjoyed spending time with family and friends. Originating from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Gladys and Larry loved to take family vacations to their home in Kipling, Michigan as often as they could.

Gladys is survived by:
Son: Paul (Corrie) Valencic
Daughters: Cathy (Bill) Frajman
Carol (Mark Schmitke) Valencic
Karen (Kevin) Gamble
Brother: Gerald (Sonia) Nelson
Grandchildren: Hannah, Emily, Gavin, Ava, Severin and John
Gladys is further survived by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband Larry, Gladys was preceded in death by:
Brother: Hugh Nelson
Sister: Margaret Martinson
Sister in law: Dorothy Nelson
Brother in law: Elmer Martinson

Family will receive friends on Thursday, from 11:30AM to 1:30PM, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone, Michigan. Mass of Christian Burial will follow visiting hours, at 2:00PM, at All Saints Church in Gladstone, with Rev. Fr. Jamie Ziminski officiating. Gladys will be laid to rest in the Fernwood Cemetery. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements. Messages of condolence may be offered at

Gladys’ family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Keystone Cedars Assisted Living for their exceptional care for Gladys. Additionally, Gladys’ family would like to thank Care Initiatives Hospice of Cedar Rapids, Iowa for their loving care throughout the last several months.

4 Tributes for “Gladys Valencic

    We know she had to be a wonderful mom to raise the caring, funny, hard working son we’ve come to know & love. Sympathies to all her family in this time of loss & remembrance. Sending prayers for you all in remembering happier times…

    Gladys was one of the many “SuperMoms” in Marion, Iowa. She was a regular at the dairy store my Mom and I worked at and she was always so kindhearted. She will be missed! CJ

    Carol & Family…
    Please accept the heartfelt love and sympathy from the entire Manhart family. You will all be in our prayers as you say goodbye to your mom. May God be with you and hold you in the palm of His hand. Sending you all our love ❤

    Karen & Family, I always enjoyed chats with your mom across the fence. It was abundantly clear she dearly loved her grandkids, and having your two close by was a blessing. If we can all be so lucky to live to 90! Cherish the memories. Prayers to you all.

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