Gladys S. Roden, age 91, of Cedar Sauk Road, Town of Saukville, WI died Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton after a brief illness.

She was born in Milwaukee, WI on December 22, 1925; daughter of Ruben and Elsa Williams Baumann. Gladys attended St. Mary’s parochial school; graduating from Port Washington High School, class of 1943. She received her nursing degree from St. Agnes School of Nursing in Fond du Lac. She returned to Port Washington working at the former St. Alphonsus Hospital for many years.

On May 6, 1950, Gladys married Victor J. Roden of Saukville at St. Mary’s Church in Port Washington. Together they settled on the Roden family dairy farm where she continued to live. When her husband Victor preceded her in death on March 12, 2001, Gladys continued to host Sunday family get-togethers. She was a member of Immaculate Conception Church, Christian Mothers and Catholic Order of Foresters. She enjoyed being with her friends at the Saukville Senior Center on Thursdays and traveling with her friend Hildegard and others to do a little gambling. Her hobbies included reading, sewing, knitting, crocheting, quilting, playing Rummikub, jigsaw and crossword puzzles.

Gladys is survived by her children John Roden of Saukville, Bob (Cindy) Roden of West Bend, Ann (Tracey) Terrazas of LaValle, WI, Mary (Mike) Schmitt of Port Washington, Tom (Linda) Roden of Port Washington, Paul (Michelle) Roden of Cedarburg, Betty (Gary) VandeBoom of Port Washington, Joe (Jodie) Roden of Cedarburg, Kay (Randy) Schmit of Port Washington and Vicky Roden of Port Washington, further survived by 23 grandchildren Rick, Patti, Amy, Becky, Jacki, Katie, Patrick, Sarah, Aaron, Lizzy, Jenny, Julia, Nicky, Emily, Eric, Joel, Laura, Jill, Jacob, Jacey, Mitchell, Maggie and Marcus; 12 great-grandchildren Jadyn, Adelyn, Eleanor, Gloriana, George, Gracelyn, Kendra, Parker, Charlotte, Lilly, Elijah, Reece and one on the way; as well as many other relatives and friends, especially Hildegard, Lola and Kathy.

She is preceded in death by her husband Victor, her sister Henrietta Lecher and her brothers William, Ruben, John, Tony and Francis Baumann.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Henrickson and the ICU staff at Aurora Medical Center Grafton for the special care our family received.

Her Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 6:30PM Monday, April 3, 2017 at St. John XXIII Parish-Immaculate Conception Church, 143 Church St., Saukville. Reverend Karl Acker and Reverend James Ernster will con-celebrate. A visitation will take place from 3-6:15PM Monday AT CHURCH. Interment will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Saukville.

Memorials to St. John XXIII Parish-Immaculate Conception Church, Ozaukee County 4-H, Ozaukee County 4-H Foundation, or The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, 1095 NW 14th Terrace, Lois Pope Life Center, Miami, FL 33136 ( are appreciated.

Poole Funeral Home/Crematory, Port Washington assisting the family. Information and condolences available at 262/284-4431 or



  1. So sorry to learn of your Mother’s passing. Such a beautiful, generous, loving spirit. I’ll always cherish her memory and the simple, good life I once enjoyed in Saukville. My blessings to your family. I have such fond memories of you all.

  2. To Gary & Betty and the entire Roden family – my sincere sympathies to all of you. What an incredible, hard working woman your mom was. Cherish the memories of a great lady and a life well lived. You have a new guardian angel.

  3. Deepest sympathy to my childhood friend Mary Roden Schmitt and the entire Bauman-Roden family. Your Mom has left quite a posterity. Many warm and wonderful memories were created at the Roden farm. May Gladys be richly blessed in Heaven as she was a blessing to many here on Earth. ❤

  4. To the Roden family: Sorry to hear of Mom’s passing. May you treasure the many wonderful memories you shared. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With sympathy,
    Ronda & Al Haasch

  5. What a beautiful and accomplished life Gladys lived. My thoughts and prayers are with Vicky and her family.

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