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Gayle Carey

d. March 30, 2020

Gayle Lucy Carey, age 81 of Austin, died Monday, March 30, 2020 after a long battle with cancer. She died peacefully at home surrounded by her family. Gayle was born on February 23, 1939 in Austin to Peter and Lucille (Dreyer) Kloberdanz. She grew up in Austin and graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1957. On November 16, 1957, she married the love the love of her life, Bernard Carey at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Austin. They had three daughters, Kimberly, Mary, and Shelly. The couple lived their entire married life in Austin, where Gayle worked at Hormel as administrative assistant to the president and vice president. Gayle was a devout Catholic and belonged to St. Augustine Catholic Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her beloved dogs. It brought her joy to help her husband with all the Christmas decorations and baking lots of wonderful goodies for her family. She devoted herself as a caretaker selflessly and lovingly to both her mother and her husband. She treasured her grandchildren who she referred to as her little angels. She was always there with a warm smile, a listening ear, and a shoulder to lean on. Survivors include her three daughters, Kimberly (Jerome) Grdina, Naperville, IL, Mary Carey, Austin, MN, Shelly (Michael) Weinmann, Austin, MN; nine grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren; three sisters, Patricia (Doug) Burton, Austin, MN, Carol (Chuck) Erickson, Longmont, CO, Lori (Don) McEdward, Austin, MN; many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband; parents; sisters, Joan and Mary; great granddaughter, Cloë; great grandson Caleb. Private graveside services are being planned. A memorial mass and celebration will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Mayer Funeral Home. Condolences may be left online at

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