Moses Glanzer: 1925-2022
Moses Joseph Glanzer was born on Dec. 27, 1925 to Joe P. and Theresa (Kleinsasser) Glanzer on a farm north of Freeman, S.D. He died on Dec. 5, 2022 at Oakview Terrace with his family by his side. A funeral service was held Saturday, Dec. 10 at Hutterthal Mennonite Church of rural Freeman.
Moses attended Summit District #51 School for eight years and then attended Freeman Academy. He returned to the farm to help his father with farming and the fur business. Upon his confession of faith, he was baptized and became a member of the Hutterthal Mennonite Church where he remained a faithful member until his death. In addition to teaching Sunday school, he was a deacon for a number of years and chairman of the building committee for the education wing in 1967.
In 1945, Moses was drafted and registered as a conscientious objector. He worked at CPS Camps in Terry, Montana and the New Jersey State Psychiatric Hospital in Marlboro, New Jersey.
On June 25, 1950 he married Reva Leder, and they eventually settled on a farm four miles west of Canistota, S.D. God blessed them with 54 years of marriage. To this union were born four children: LuAnn, Dorothy, Nancy and Mark. After giving up milking cows and raising chickens for egg production, Moses and Reva focused on raising hogs and cattle. In 1965 he was named Master Pork Producer for McCook County.
Moses and Reva moved to Freeman in 1994 after retiring from farming, and they enjoyed fishing, traveling and volunteering together. Their travels took them to Europe, Russia, Canada, Alaska, fruit drying in Reedley, Calif., and numerous other states. They both volunteered at the Et Cetera Shoppe where Moses learned the craft of weaving rugs on the loom. His rugs found homes throughout numerous states. Every year he donated rugs to be auctioned off at the South Dakota MCC Relief Sale. In addition to volunteering at the Et Cetera Shoppe, he also volunteered at the MCC Meat Canner, Schmeckfest and Oakview Terrace Nursing Home.
Moses loved being around people and frequently showed his playfulness, beaming smile, and sparkling eyes. He was always up for fishing with his brother Aaron or his numerous fishing buddies. He enjoyed participating in horseshoes.
In 2018, due to health reasons he moved to the Salem Mennonite Home and then transitioned to Oakview Terrace.
Grateful for having shared his life are his children: LuAnn Glanzer, Sioux Falls, S.D., Nancy Fischer, Lincoln, Neb., Mark (Margaret) Glanzer, Canistota; grandchildren: Tim (Michelle) Ketcham, Huron, S.D., Melissa (Chuck) Jones, Dell Rapids, S.D.; great-grandchildren: Alex (Claire) Ketcham, Brooklynn (Thomas) Fenske, Gabe and Maddy Jones; sister, Clara (Cordell) Graber, Freeman; sisters-in-law: Eva Glanzer, Harrisonburg, Va., and Marcella Glanzer, Lorraine (Marlow) Deckert, Ardis Jantzen and Donna Leder, all of Freeman, Wadie Leder, Canistota; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Reva; daughter, Dorothy Glanzer; sons-in-laws: Greg Haas and Jeff Fischer; brothers: Paul, Aaron, Clarence and Ray Glanzer; sisters: Alma Hofer, Mary Ruth Hofman, and Miriam Hamm; sisters-in-law: Lola, Isabel, and Shirley Glanzer; brothers-in-law: Joe E. Hofer, Joe T. Hofman, Don Hamm, Edwin Jantzen, Willis and James Leder.
Memorials will be direct to the Et Cetera Shoppe and Oakview Terrace.