Gladys F. Buringa -- Austin

AUSTIN -- The funeral for Gladys F. Buringa was today at the United Methodist Church in Albert Lea, with the Rev. John Bromeland officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.

Mrs. Buringa, 90, of Albert Lea, formerly of Austin, died Saturday (March 20, 2004) at St. John's Lutheran Home in Albert Lea where she had lived a short time.

Gladys F. Peterson was born May 24, 1913, in Sargeant. As an infant, she moved with her family to a farm south of Hayfield. She attended District 73 Bowman country school through the eighth grade and started high school in Hayfield. The family moved to Austin in 1928, and she graduated from Austin High School in 1932. On Dec. 30,1933, she married Dick Buringa in Brownsdale, and they made their home in Austin. Mrs. Buringa was a homemaker and operated rooming houses in Austin. After retiring, she and her husband moved to Abbott Apartments in Albert Lea. Her husband died in 1982. She lived at Knutson Place from 2001 until entering the nursing home. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Austin and United Methodist Women. During retirement, she bowled on a senior citizens bowling league for several years.

Survivors include two sons, Roger (Cathy) of Virginia Beach, Fla.; and Richard (Perian) of Albert Lea; a daughter, Judy (Don) Hubmer of Coon Rapids, Minn.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.

Bonnerup Funeral Service in Albert Lea was in charge of arrangements.

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