Gladys Marie Zard


February 21, 1926 - April 19, 2013


Gladys Marie Zard was born in Brule County on February 21, 1926 to Katherine and Anton Michalek.  She grew up on a farm near Reliance and cared for her father, four brothers and her mother, ill with cancer. After her mother passed away, Gladys graduated from Reliance High School and attended business college. During World War II, she worked for Western Union in Chicago. When the war ended she moved back to Mitchell and married Charles Rex Zard in 1947.

In the early 1950s the Zards moved to Orange, California where Gladys began to make a new home for their four children. She mastered every skill it took from brick laying, woodworking and upholstering to landscaping, gardening and decorating. Her crafts included quilting, sewing and needlework.

Gladys and Rex moved back to Mitchell in 1978 where they owned and operated Burr Street Rentals and Saw Shop. Recently, Gladys and Rex resided at Firesteel Health Care Center. Gladys formed many friendships there and referred to the staff that cared for her as her “girls.”

Gladys loved her family and centered her life on their needs. She believed that Jesus was her savior and prayed every day. Her favorite saying was “This too shall pass.”

She is survived by her husband, Rex, two daughters: René (Bob) Pruitt, Letcher; Janine (Mike) Oppenheimer, Orange, CA; two sons: Rex Zard (Rena), Bakersfield, CA; Bruce Zard (Vickie), Grass Valley, CA; seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one sister and four brothers.

 In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to You’ll Never Walk Alone Breast Cancer Foundation at 


Thursday, April 25, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, April 26, 2013
2:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Graceland Cemetery
Mitchell, South Dakota

Posted by Deb Johnson on April 26, 2013
Aunt Glady was an amazing woman, beautiful, warm. witty, and talented. She will be deeply missed.
Posted by Brian, Gracie and Adelaide Zard on April 25, 2013
Grandma was such a wonderful blessing. The love that she had for her family always abounded. Love you Grandma.
Posted by Mike & Brenda Carpentier on April 25, 2013
We are sorry for your loss. Gladys was a very special lady. Our thoughts and prayers to the family
Posted by Pat Jirsa on April 24, 2013
Aunt Glady was like a mother to me after my mother died prematurely. I admired Glady in every way. She had a charisma that drew people to her. I loved her and will miss her deeply.
Posted by Don Jirsa & Family on April 24, 2013
We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Posted by vickie zard on April 23, 2013
Best Mother-In-Law! What a caring, giving women! Her family always came first. You are missed Mom. You have blessed this family so much! We will see you in heaven.
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