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Gladys A. Eklund Munhall, 91, of Guttenberg, NJ, died peacefully on August 26, 2020.  She was born to Johannes “John” A. Eklund and Esther Lindblom Eklund in 1928 in the Bronx, NY.  She was preceded in death by her brother John Gilbert Eklund in 2018 and cousin Eric Nordhaug in 2019.

She attended school in the Bronx and later worked as an administrative assistant in the advertising sector.  Gladys married the love of her life, John “Jack” H. Munhall in 1969.  They shared 21 years together until his passing in 1990 in Guttenberg, NJ.

Gladys never knew a stranger.  She enjoyed an active life with her friends and family.  She had a gracious sense of humor, enjoyed playing the piano and accordion, and singing.  She was very social and loved spending time with her many friends.  She was an active member of the Vasa Order of America Lodge Olympic #235.  Gladys also attended services and social functions at the Swedish Seaman’s Church, NYC. She loved to attend festive Swedish celebrations such as the Christmas Lucia festival.  She was also active at the Danish Athletic Club in Brooklyn.  She visited and kept in touch with her relatives in Aland and Sweden and here in the US.

To celebrate her life, she leaves several family members in the US and abroad.  Especially dear to her were her nieces Anita Eklund Hurley (Rick) and Lynn Eklund (David) of VA, and her cousin Eric’s wife Lucille Nordhaug and their son Paul Nordhaug of NJ.

Memorial visiting will be held on Saturday, September 19 from 10–11 am with a service immediately following at the Beaugard-McKnight Funeral Home, 869 Kinderkamack Rd., River Edge.  Interment will follow at Kensico Cemetery.  Condolences may be sent to the family via the guestbook at www.beaugardmcknight,com/obituaries/.

In lieu of floral tributes, donations may be made in Gladys’s memory to The American Cancer Society.

Many thanks to the caregivers at Hudsonview Rehab Center in N. Bergen, NJ.


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