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Gladys Beatrice Frocklage

June 25, 1923 - February 7, 2021



Gladys Beatrice Frocklage

Gladys passed peacefully at Kootenay Lake Hospital in Nelson on February 7, 2021 at the age of 97.

Gladys was born in Palmer, Saskatchewan to Edward and Beatrice Weal on June 25, 1923. As the eldest daughter of eight children, it fell to Gladys to run the family farm when her father and brothers went off to war. When they returned home, she travelled by train to Vancouver to stay with family for a much needed rest and holiday. She loved the big city and decided to remain.

In 1946, she married Bernard Frocklage (Ben).  Ben was employed by the CPR and except for living for 2 years in Grand Forks, they made Nelson their home where they raised their family.

As a dedicated volunteer, Gladys gave back to her community and friends in countless ways. She was very involved with United Church 56 Unit and KLH Auxiliary where she held many garage sales to help them raise money. She also volunteered cutting patients’ hair at KLH as well as doing the bread run for the Senior Center Branch 51.

A talented oil painter for many, many years, Gladys belonged to a group of painters that used to meet in the bottom of Ramsay’s Art store.  Most recently she continued her passion in her home art studio painting alongside her good friend Sylvia. She loved golfing, curling and enjoyed watching many sports on TV. She was also an avid card player for many years.

Gladys led a full and colourful life. She enjoyed meeting people and sharing her stories. She loved jumping in her Explorer and driving to visit family and friends both near and far right up until she was 90. She was a truly wonderful person who will be greatly missed by all her family and friends.

Predeceased by her husband Ben in 1997, she is survived by all those she loved and who loved her: two children Wayne(Barb) and Charlyne(Lawrie) and beautiful grandchildren Kristal, Tracy(Jeff), Stephanie(Callum), Erin(Will) and Micheal and amazing greatgrandchildren Ruby, Emmett, Lennox and Blake. Also, survived by her sister-in-law June Frocklage, many nieces and nephews and many wonderful  friends.

At Gladys’ request there will be no service. The family will hold a Celebration  of Life at a later date when it’s appropriate to gather.   In lieu of flowers, a donation to the KLH Equipment Fund would be appreciated. A special thank you to the wonderful Dr.s,’ Goodman, Tuval, McBride, Merritt, Sonnichsen and the 3rd Floor Care Staff.  We are very appreciative and grateful for the care she received in her last month.  A huge thank you to all the Home Support workers, her case manager, and the schedulers . The personal care she received was instrumental in keeping mom in her home these past few years, however, it was also the personal touch, the friendliness and companionship that warmed her heart and ours on this last leg of her journey. All who loved her are forever grateful.


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Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Shirley Tennant
Relation: Acquaintance of some of the family

Tears will flow and memories will, also. With the loss of your mother, you will have a flood of emotions. But, you should know that she gave you one of the best gifts ever the gift of her, and that you can forever cherish in your heart. Wishing peace, serenity, and healing.

From: Karen, Yogi, Tracy and Nancy MacDonald
Relation: Friend

May your loving memories comfort you in the times ahead. Sending you and your family hugs and prayers. With our deepest sympathy. ❤️

From: Marlene Ann Derhousoff
Relation: Know Charlyne

So sad to hear of the passing of your dear Mom, Charlyne. May loving memories of her give you comfort during this sad time and in the future.

From: Kelli May
Relation: Friends

To Char and family, our deepest sympathy to you with the passing of your Mom. She was a special lady, like her daughter. Alan and Kelli

From: Leah Gray
Relation: friend

Gladys was such an important member of our United Church women’s group. She helped out with many memorial services, coffee parties and general events. Gladys always had a smile on her face and something witty to say. She was our “champion cheese cutter”. Those who worked with her will know what that means. I was very fond of Gladys and will miss her. My condolences to the family.

From: George E Anderson
Relation: A family friend of Ben & Gladys since the 1940's

Charlene & Lawrie
Time has passed by so fast ! i always wanted to visit your mom in Nelson on my visits to see Jackie and share some Anderson/Frocklage storys. I felt when covid hit that it was not the right time to visit her.
I just wanted to pass on my condolences today on her passing. I had great memories of our living in “upper” fairview and our families enjoyed living in the outskirts of town and especially sharing the water pipeline from Anderson Creek to the Frocklages. So many great memories growing up !

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