My Maternal Great Aunt, Gladys Serena Linderman Nelson


Gladys Serene Linderman, Dubuque, Iowa, about 1922

Gladys Serene (Linderman) Nelson daughter of Edward “Edy” Francis Linderman and Gudrun (Lund) Linderman of Dubuque, Iowa, and wife of Roy Leonard Nelson Sr, about 1940

My Great Aunt Gladys Serene Linderman Nelson. She preferred Glady Serena.

Born: August 17, 1906 in Winona, Minnesota. Daughter of Edward Francis & Gudrun Ivarra Lund Linderman.
Baptized: Lutheran in Winona, Minnesota on November 11, 1906.

Name: Roy Leonard Nelson
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 20 Nov 1926
Event Place: Dubuque, Iowa, United States
Age: 28
Birth Year (Estimated): 1898
Father’s Name: Louis Nelson
Father’s Titles and Terms:
Mother’s Name: Marie Carlson
Mother’s Titles and Terms:
Spouse’s Name: Gladys Linderman
Spouse’s Titles and Terms:
Spouse’s Age: 20
Spouse’s Birth Year (Estimated): 1906
Spouse’s Father’s Name: E F Linderman
Spouse’s Father’s Titles and Terms:
Spouse’s Mother’s Name: Gundrum Lund
Spouse’s Mother’s Titles and Terms:
Reference ID:
GS Film number: 1630957
Digital Folder Number: 004266276
Image Number: 00575

Married: Roy Leonard Nelson, Sr. 20 November 1926 in Dubuque, Iowa.

Children: Shirley Lorraine, Roy Leonard, Jr. and Richard Edward Nelson.
Died: April 28, 1996 in Houston, Texas. Cremated and her ashes were spread around her Mother, Gudrun Ivarra Lund Linderman’s gravside in Linwood Cemetery, in Dubuque, Iowa.

Harry, Gladys, Irene, & Mother, Gudrun (Lund) Linderman-Dubuque, Iowa

Arline “Babe” & Evelyn “Eppie” (Linderman) Ayala, Irene (Linderman) Weidner, Gladys (Linderman) Nelson, Statue of Liberty, New York City, New York, Oct. 1952.

name:Roy Nelson
titles & terms:
event year:1940
event place:Ward 3, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls City, Minnehaha, South Dakota, United States
marital status:Married
race (original):White
race (standardized):White
relationship to head of household (original):Head
relationship to head of household (standardized):Head
estimated birth year:1899
residence in 1935: Pekin, Illinois
enumeration district number:50-32A
family number:11
sheet number and letter:1B
line number:61
nara publication number:T627
nara roll number:3863
digital folder number:005462085
image number:00647
Household Gender Age Birthplace
head Roy Nelson M 41 Illinois
wife Gladys Nelson F 33 Minnesota
daughter Shirley Nelson F 11 Iowa
son Roy Nelson M 8 Iowa
son Richard Nelson M 6 Illinois
Source Citation:
“United States Census, 1940,” index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 04 Aug 2012), Roy Nelson, Ward 3, Sioux Falls, Sioux Falls City, Minnehaha, South Dakota, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 50-32A, sheet 1B, family 11, NARA digital publication T627, roll 3863.

Gladys resided with her Father beginning in 1941 after her Mother died, and cared for him up until his death in 1968, at 705 W. Third Street, Dubuque, Iowa.

Great Aunt “Gladys” worked as a Proofreader for the Dubuque newspaper, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald until she retired.

Then she sold the Linderman homestead at 705 W. Third Street, Dubuque, Iowa, and moved to Huntington Beach, California to be near her sister, Evelyn “Eppie” (Linderman) Ayala, and brother-in-law, Arturo “Art” Ayala.
Gladys always remembered the nieces and nephews, and Great nieces and nephews on our birthdays. 

We could always count on getting a birthday card from her with some money in it. She couldn’t afford much, but we thought that a dime or a quarter was a lot of money, because back then in the 1960’s it was. It made me feel special–knowing that someone that I hardly knew–way off in Iowa, was thinking of me.

Great Aunt Glady resided with her son Roy “Jimmy” Leonard Nelson Jr., at 4045 Linkwood Drive, Houston, Harris County, Texas for the last few years of her life.

Cremated in Texas and son brought her ashes back to Iowa and spread around Mother, Gudrun (Lund) Linderman’s gravesite, in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Iowa, because that is how she wanted it. 



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