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Gladys Cotter

January 28, 1923 ~ October 12, 2020 (age 97)

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Gladys Evelyn Cotter, age 97 of Montello passed away Monday, October 12, 2020 at Harris Villa Assisted Living in Westfield.  Gladys was born at home in Russell Flats (town of Westfield, Marquette County) on January 28, 1923 to Julius and Tillie (Sonnenberg) Dahlke.  She graduated from Westfield High School in 1940.  During her senior year, she won the Marquette County Alice in Dairyland contest, serving in that capacity for the following year.  In 1944, she joined the Navy; Gladys was always proud of her service to her country.  She married Andrew “Andy” Cotter on January 11, 1945 and together they were blessed with four children.  Andy preceded Gladys in death in 1993.

Gladys enjoyed bowling, playing bridge, golfing and singing in the church choir.  She was involved in many organizations over the years, holding a number of offices, including president of St. Anne’s Altar Society at her church and president of the Montello Woman’s Club. 

Gladys is survived by her son, Paul (Sue) of Montello and two daughters: Kathleen Cotter of Manitowoc Mary “Boo” Susan Cotter of Montello as well as three grandchildren: Amy (Richard) Smith of Watertown, Bridget Jeffcoat of Houston, TX and Erin (Adam) Fisk of Waunakee.  She is also survived by six great-grandchildren as well as other extended family members.

Gladys is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son, James and two grandsons: David Cotter and Bryan Jeffcoat.

A public visitation for Gladys Cotter will be held from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Friday, October 16, 2020 at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Montello.   A private Mass of Christian Burial will follow the visitation; Father James McNamee and Father Savio Yerasani will concelebrate.  She will be laid to rest at the parish cemetery with full military honors by American Legion Post #351 of Montello.  In lieu of flowers, donations are preferred to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 277 E. Montello Street, Montello 53949.

Gladys’s family would like to Thank all the staff at Harris Villa for their care and compassion for the last four years.

Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service of Montello and Oxford is honored to be serving the family.


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October 16, 2020

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
277 E. Montello Street
Montello, WI 53949

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