A public memorial service will be held for Arlene Gulbrandson on Friday, October 30, 2020, at Kongsvinger Lutheran Church in Donnelly at 11:00 a.m. with burial at Kongsvinger Cemetery following. A public visitation will be held on Thursday, October 29, 2020, at Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris from 5:00-7:00 p.m. The church's social distancing and capacity guidelines allow for a limited number of guests inside the church building, there will be a live broadcast over 98.5 FM in the church parking lot. There will be a live stream of Arlene’s memorial service starting at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 30, 2020. To view the service on the Pedersen Funeral Home website, scroll to the bottom of Arlene’s page and click the link.
While maintaining social distancing guidelines, we are now able to accommodate gatherings of up to 250 people. The use of face masks by attendees is required, and we will continue taking the necessary steps to keep our facility clean. For those who prefer or require continued precautions, webcasting and/or livestreaming is available in most situations.
Arlene Amanda Gulbrandson, daughter of Amanda (Kunze) and Emil Haack, was born on September 25, 1930, in Roseville Township. She attended Hoffman High School and graduated on June 2, 1949. She was baptized on October 10, 1942 and was confirmed on September 9, 1951. After high school, Arlene met Wilbur G. Gulbrandson in the neighborhood and they were united in marriage on October 28, 1950. They were happily married for the next 58 years and lived on the family farm in Herman. Out of this marriage they had three surviving children: Gary, Jeff, and Jeanne. Throughout her life, Arlene was a busy housewife raising kids, helping with the farm, and cooking for many. She was also a member of Kongsvinger Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid. Wilbur passed away on May 13, 2009. Arlene continued to live on the farm until 2017 when she moved to West Central Christian Homes and after, the Barrett Assisted Living. She was there until recently and spent her final days at Westwind Village.
Her hobbies included playing cards, mostly Whist, embroidery, playing Word Search, cooking, and spending quality time with her children and grandchildren. She was known to have the gift of hospitality and will be a dearly missed mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend.
Arlene passed away on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at West Wind Village in Morris, at the age of 90 years old.
She is survived by her son Gary (Bonnie) Gulbrandson of Donnelly and their children: Brent (Kim) Gulbrandson, and grandchildren: Mia, Avery, and Ella, all of Elbow Lake, Amy (Ryan) Murray, and grandchildren: Autumn and Riley, all of Lakeville, son Jeff (Cindy) Gulbrandson of Hoffman and their children: Christopher Gulbrandson of Herman, Elizabeth (Josh) Kieffer, and grandchildren: Tabitha and Zachary, all of Morris, Sarah (Gavin) Larson, and grandchild Etta, all of Norcross, Jessica (Chris) Davis, and grandchild Theodore, all of St. Cloud, daughter Jeanne (Steve) Halbe of Morris and their children: Angela (Jeff) Boer, and grandchildren Mason and Quinn, all of West Fargo, and Brad (Machon) Halbe, and grandchildren Jayson and Aubrey, all of Cyrus; brother David (Marily) Haack of Hoffman, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur G. Gulbrandson; daughter Peggy Jo; Parents Amanda (Kunze) and Emil Haack, and many brothers, sisters, and in-laws.