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Born on 15 November 1938 in Canistota, South Dakota to Glenn Jacob Westphal and Josephine Leonora Sohm, Glenda Joan (Westphal) Gelston passed quietly on 25 June 2014 in Lakewood, CO. Glenda attended Augustana College to become a nurse, and once in practice, she treated a navy veteran named Terence Shane Gelston, whom she would marry. She served as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, hoping to travel as a nurse. Glenda practiced nursing for over forty years first in Albuquerque, New Mexico and then in Denver, Colorado at various hospitals including twenty-nine years at the Veteran's Administration Medical Center. Glenda is survived by her son, Daniel Joseph; her stepsons Patrick Shawn and (wife) Catherine and Timothy Roy and (wife) Kami; siblings Cordell and (wife) Kathryn Westphal, Mary Westphal Dvorkin, and Lester and (wife) Marjorie Westphal. Several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews and her grandchildren will remember her with fondness. Donations to PASCO, Home Health Agency, Lakewood, CO; Easter Seals, Rocky Mountain Village, Empire CO; Children's Care Hospital & School, in Sioux Falls, SD; Children's Hospital in Denver, CO (Physical Therapy Department); Lutheran Hospital in Wheat Ridge, CO (Respiratory Care Fund); Cerebral Palsy Center, Denver, CO; and Personal Care Provider Program at Senior Resource Center in Denver, CO. Glenda's memorial service will be at 10:00am on Sat. July 12, 2014 at Olinger Crown Hill Pavilion of Reflection with reception to follow.
Published in The Argus Leader on July 6, 2014