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Gloria Hermansen
1927 - 2021
Gunderson Funeral Home - Madison
5203 Monona Drive
Madison, WI

Hermansen, Gloria June

COTTAGE GROVE - Gloria June Hermansen, dear mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, passed away peacefully, with family at her side, on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021, at Agrace HospiceCare. She was 93. She was born in Evanston, Ill., on Dec. 11, 1927, to Fred and Ella Holmes.

Gloria grew up in Elmwood Park, Ill., and graduated from Proviso East High School in River Forest, Ill. She married Leroy Hermansen on Feb. 28, 1953, and moved to Champaign-Urbana, Ill., while Leroy attended the University of Illinois. Lee and Gloria raised their children, Barbara, David and John, in Addison, Ill.

Gloria was active in many things throughout her life. She was the office manager in a dermatology office for many years, and she routinely used her graphic design talents in her volunteer work and her church. Gloria spent many years volunteering at Elmhurst Memorial Hospital in Elmhurst, Ill., where she did everything from graphic design to running the gift shop. She was an active member of Batavia United Methodist Church in Illinois and later at Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church in Cottage Grove.

In later years, Gloria and Leroy lived in Wooddale and Batavia, Ill., before moving to Cottage Grove, Wis. It was there she enjoyed a variety of music in many venues with her friend, Karen, which included Madison Symphony concerts at the Overture Center. After her move to Cottage Grove, she seemed to find her "sweet spot" and some of the most loving, caring friends of her life.

Gloria enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved them more than life. Even at age 93, she used Facebook as a way to communicate and to look at pictures of all of her great-grandchildren.

Gloria loved classical music, particularly piano and violin, and she was an accomplished pianist herself. She was a talented artist and shared her art with friends and family who will treasure it for many years to come. Gloria loved playing bridge and other games...but especially bridge. She always managed to find a group of people who shared the same passion for the game.

Gloria had a witty and dry sense of humor if you caught her at the right time. And everyone who knew her also knew her as someone who was always beautifully dressed. She always loved a good bargain and in later years, she discovered resale and enjoyed finding brand name clothing at a great price.

Gloria was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Leroy Hermansen; and son-in-law, David St. John. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara St. John; sons, David (Mary) Hermansen and John (Donna) Hermansen; grandchildren, Claire (Peter) Sonnentag, Stacy (Alex) Walker, Dan (Tawny) Hermansen and Mark Hermansen; great-grandchildren, Charlie Sonnentag, Laney Sonnentag, Arlo Walker, Sullivan Hermansen and Lucy Hermansen; sister, Karen Morgan; special friend, Karen Childs Baker and her husband, Preston Baker; and other relatives and friends.

A private celebration of life will be held. Family and friends who wish to view services via LIVE STREAM may visit Gloria's obituary page at and click on the Live Webcast link at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021.

Special thanks to Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. Our family will never forget the wonderful care provided to Gloria. Memorials may be gifted to Agrace HospiceCare.

Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson East

Funeral & Cremation Care

5203 Monona Drive

(608) 221-5420

Published by on Oct. 17, 2021.
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Gloria was such a nice lady. She sat at my mom-Lois Anderson's table at Master's so I talked to her quite a bit. So sorry for your loss.
Susan Egre
October 19, 2021
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