AUDREY JEAN LUETHJE GABRIELSON, age 94, of Luverne, died Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at the Sanford Luverne Hospice Cottage. She was born April 5, 1925, in Hartley, IA, to Albert J. and Irene P. "Babe" Luethje. At the age of three months, she was brought to Luverne by her parents, where she grew up, attended school and graduated from Luverne High School in 1943. After graduation, she worked in Minneapolis at Minneapolis Honeywell; in Denver, CO at the Nay Company; and Nelson Brothers in Luverne.
Audrey married John R. Gabrielson on March 12, 1946. The couple farmed in the Luverne area for fourteen years. Audrey worked for the J. C. Penney Company in Luverne and later in the Penney stores in the Phoenix, AZ area, where they moved to in 1972. She was a store trainer and customer service supervisor for the Paradise Valley store when she retired from the company in 1988, after thirty years of service. Audrey and John moved back to Luverne in 1999.
She enjoyed her family, time at the family cabin in northern Minnesota with family and friends; she also enjoyed the outdoors, camping, nature, bird watching, flowers, swimming, bicycling, singing, beading, and jig-saw puzzles. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, in Luverne, sang in the choir for many years, belonged to Couples Club, Graduation Club, Red Hat Society, RSVP and several card clubs.
Audrey is survived by three children, Kent (Gail) Gabrielson, Buckeye, AZ; and Mark (Reverend Mari) Gabrielson, Hales Corners, WI; and Sue Radell, Menahga, MN; five grandchildren, Tari (Rob) Hayden, Jason (Anita) Gabrielson, Kori Radell, Devin Radell and Denae Kayser; three step grandchildren, John Henke, Holly Henke and Wendy Howell; seven great grandchildren, Alannah Naeve, Cassie Naeve, Justin Gabrielson, Haily Radell, Payson Radell, Emery Kayser and Vaden Kayser; four step great-grandchildren, Mark Wilson, Garrett Henke, Alexis Henke and Reeana Bucaroff; one brother, Keith (Betty) Luethje, Luverne; and many cousins, nephew and nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, John on July 3, 2004.
A memorial service will be 2 pm Tuesday at the Dingmann Funeral Home, in Luverne, officiated by Pastor Mari Gabrielson. A time of fellowship will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. A private family committal of cremains will precede the service.
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