Gloria J. (Gerdis) Tripp

Gloria J. (Gerdis) Tripp, 74, of Kanawha passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Memorial services for Gloria Tripp will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at Ewing Funeral Home, 118 East Second Street in Kanawha with Pastor Mark Heath officiating. Burial will take place at Amsterdam Township Cemetery in Kanawha at a later date.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, February 10, 2019 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM at Ewing Funeral Home in Kanawha.

Gloria Jean, the daughter of Henry and Josephine (Coller) Gerdis, was born January 28, 1945 in Titonka, Iowa, where she was raised and educated.

Following high school, Gloria was united in marriage to Carrol Day and the couple made their home in Lake Mills. To this union, son Scott was born.

Gloria later married Vance Tripp and they made their home in rural Kanawha before later moving into town.

Gloria worked at American Wood Products in Belmond for many years, followed by several years at Britt Tech. She later returned to American Woods before retiring to become Vance’s full-time caregiver after he suffered a stroke.

Gloria loved reading books of any subject, visiting with friends and family and animals of all kinds. She especially enjoyed watching birds at the bird feeder. Gloria was also known for writing poetry, and had one of her works, Eyes of Sadness, awarded the Silver Poet Certificate of Merit by World of Poetry, and was published in the World Treasury of Great Poems anthology in 1990.

Gloria was a woman of faith who loved her family. She lived her faith by taking care of her husband, Vance.

Gloria is survived by her husband, Vance of Kanawha; her son Scott (Tonya) Day of Averill Park, New York; granddaughter Olivia Jean Day; sisters Jackie (John) Van Hove of Kanawha, Sandy (Fred) Hugo of Woden and Charlene Raber of Kanawha; along with numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Gloria was preceded in death by her parents and siblings Shorty Gerdis, Betty Gerdes and Peg Kirschbaum.



Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Kanawha
118 East 2nd Street, Kanawha, Iowa 50447
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Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
Time: 4:00 pm
Where: Ewing Funeral Home – Kanawha
118 East Second Street, Kanawha, Iowa 50447
Get Directions

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