Audrey Grace Geiger, age 84, of Spring Valley, Wisconsin died Friday, July 11, 2014 at the Spring Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center from Alzheimer’s Disease where she has resided since Jan. 2011.
Audrey was born November 29, 1929, the daughter of George and Astrid (Steen) Russell at Ellsworth, Wisconsin. She was baptized at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Beldenville, attended Trinity Lutheran in Glenwood City and has been a long time member of Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley.
Audrey attended grade schools at Downing and Colfax. Her first job was as a mechanic at a garage and she knew car motors better than most men. When she was 14, she drove her boss’ Model A up to St. Paul to get parts. Audrey graduated from Glenwood City High School in 1947. She attended college for one year at Stout. On September 5, 1948 Audrey married Eugene Geiger at Trinity Lutheran in Glenwood. Gene and Audrey farmed in Cady Township where they raised their 5 children. They owned and operated Geiger’s Grocery store in Spring Valley from 1967 until 1988. Audrey then trained with Century 21, while working full time and became a licensed realtor. She last worked at Coldwell-Bankers in Menomonie. She retired in 2005.
Thru the years, Audrey was active in the Gilman Ladies Aid, 4-H, and was a Cub Scout Den Mother. Audrey liked to sew and made numerous clothing items for her three growing daughters-including yearly matching Easter dresses! In her retirement years she then took up quilting to help her relax she claimed. She enjoyed music and played with McKernon’s Band. Audrey liked having a garden and went on to become a Master Gardener, keeping the flowers around their home bright and colorful. Audrey had a great work ethic. She also enjoyed volunteering her time along with donating to numerous causes. Audrey liked to entertain and enjoyed having the Russell Reunions at the farm and was always ready to visit with any traveling relatives that stopped in. She also had a wonderful sense of humor. Family would enjoy hearing stories!
She was preceded in death by her parents; her son Robert “Bob”; infant brother Arthur and infant sister Roberta; sister Georgia “Jo” Hagen; brother George “Steen” Russell; son-in-law Bill Hinzman; brothers-in-law Kenneth Matter, Charles Johnson and Arthur Jersild.
She is survived by her husband Gene of Spring Valley; daughters: Linda (Wayne) Miklian of River Falls; Chris (Randy) Jensen of Spring Valley; Sandy Bock of St Joseph, MN; and son: Gary of Stanley, ND; daughter-in-law Donna Abd El Malak (Amir) of Stillwater; grandchildren: Josephine Geiger of St Paul; Nicholas Geiger of Stillwater; Jason (Ashild Falch) Miklian of Norway; Jessica (Erik) Olson of Colorado Springs; Kim (Travis) Carlsrud of Boyceville; SPC Mark Hinzman of Ft. Gordon, GA; Jessica (Eric) Stark of Baldwin; Mary (Brad) Eggen of Woodville; great-grandchildren: Emma Abbott, Orion Miklian Falch, Gabriel Olson, Amanda, Danielle, and Katie Leach; Mya, Drew, and Jordyn Stark; Dylan, Kaylee, and Briley Eggen; sisters: Margaret Johnson of Orofino, ID and Barbara Matter of New Richmond; brother Bryce (Ann) Russell of Rockford, IL; brother-in-law: Gene Hagen of Buffalo, MN; sisters-in-law: Charlene Russell of Garrison, MN; and Bertha “Betty” Jersild of Milwaukee; many other relatives and friends.
Visitation is Thursday, July 17, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley and one hour prior to the service at church on Friday. Funeral service is Friday, July 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Gilman Lutheran Church, Spring Valley with Rev D. Peter Friberg officiating. Burial will be at a later date.
Pallbearers were Jeff Matter, Brad Matter, Brian Matter, Wayne Matter, Barry Anderson, and Rick Barto.
Keehr Funeral Home, Spring Valley handled the arrangements.
In leiu of flowers, memorials preferred.