Born Gladys Zita Poser (Tripp) on June 5, 1930 in Pierz, Minnesota. She was a sister, wife mother, grandmother, friend. She was an executive administrative assistant to vice presidents for several major companies and was the illustrator for They Call Me Buddy, an award-winning children's geography book.
Her greatest joy came from relationships with her family, friends, and coworkers. Never uttering a negative word, Gladys made peace where discord aboundsl she quietly spread joy where negative thoughts grew.
Dave and Gladys, both retired, were married for 37 years and are the parents of two very successful young adults; Kathryn is a pharmacist living in Pittsford, New York and is married to David Birken — a business executive. They have two young children, Abigail and Samuel. Their son, Brian Tripp is a financial analyst in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is married to Niki, a dentist.
After an 18 month battle with ALS, Gladys passed away on February 26, 2018.