Gladys Irene Zempel, 91, of Waupaca, passed away on June 1, 2016, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center – Waupaca.
Gladys was born on June 18, 1924, daughter of the late Aaron and Esther (Jacobson) Moran. On March 10, 1942, Gladys was united in marriage to the love of her life, William “Bill” Zempel. Gladys loved reading, bird-watching, cooking and baking, gardening, and crocheting, and took great pride in sewing quilts and knitting afghans that she donated to crisis pregnancy centers.
Gladys is survived by: sons, Larry (Sharon) Zempel and Ron (Lynn) Zempel; daughters, Deborah Kottke and Jolene Gassen; daughter-in-law, Jane Zempel; 15 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, Esther Suhs and Marguerite Zempel. Gladys is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She is preceded in death by: her parents; husband; son, Thomas; daughter, Lori; and brothers, Donald and Robert Moran.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 6, 2016 at First Baptist Church – Waupaca with Rev. Larry G. Gross officiating. Relatives and friends may visit the family at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be at Crystal Lake Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the First Baptist Christian School are appreciated. The Holly Funeral Home of Waupaca is assisting the family with arrangements.