May 2, 1915 - Nov. 10, 2006
Gladys Gloria Godtel, died Friday (Nov. 10, 2006) at Community Hospital in McCook at the age of 91.
She was born May 2, 1915, south of Culbertson on the present day Confer farmstead. She was the daughter of the late Chester O. and Arada E. (Rakestraw) Roberts.
At the age of five she moved with her parents who purchased Kelven homestead on the Blackwood Creek seven miles north of Culbertson. She attended District No. 2 school and graduated from Culbertson High School in 1932.
On May 10, 1933, she married Harry Eugene Godtel at her childhood home. They purchased the Roberts' farm and raised their family living there until 1979. They moved to Culbertson and lived in town until 2006, when they moved to McCook.
She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She spent her life being a homemaker, gardner and servng God. She was a 4-H leader and a member of the Help-A-Lot club. She was a faithful 75 year member of the Culbertson Trinity United Methodist Church. During this time she taught Sunday School and Catechism classes, and was an active member of the United Methodist Women and for over 60 years sang in the church choir.
She was preceded in death by her one daughter, Belva Kautz in 1975; her parents; one sister, Vesper Ross in 2006; one brother, Chester R. Roberts; and two step-sisters, Beulah Hansen and Merna Russell.
Survivors include her husband, Harry Godtel of Culbertson; one daughter, Bonnie Godtel of Boulder City, Nev.; two sons, Ramon Godtel and wife, Gloria of Arcadia and Don Godtel and wife, Patti of Great Falls,, Mont.; son-in-law, Don Kautz of Phoenix, Ariz.; eight grandchildre, Bradley Kautz and wife, Melissa, Julie Henkel and husband, Kris, Farley Kautz, Anthony Godtel, Shane Godtel and wife, Angie, Jessica Godtel, Beau Godtel and wife, Marde and Andy Godtel; eight great-grandchildren, Lisa Kautz, Jennifer Kautz, Ariana Henkel, Jazmyn Henkel, Addison Henkel, Kaylee Kautz, Cody Kautz, and Jakob Godtel; one sister, Norma Lee Hill and husband, Don of Loveland, Colo.; and many other relatives and friends.
Graveside inurnment will be Friday at 11 a.m., at the Culbertson Cemetery with the Rev. Johnny Walker officiating.
Friends may sign her register at the funeral home from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., on Wednesday and Thursday.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be given in her name to be used for something lasting.
Herrmann Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.