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Gretchen

Gretchen Wangen

d. March 10, 2015

Gretchen Lois Wangen, age 93, of Austin, died Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Sacred Heart Care Center. Gretchen was born June 22, 1921 in St. Paul, Minnesota, the youngest child of Kathryn (Mayer) and W.L. Van Camp. When she was 14 she moved to Austin, Minnesota where she graduated from Austin High School in 1938. While employed at the Northwestern Bell Telephone Company, Gretchen enlisted in the USNR WAVES in September 1943. She reached the rank of Storekeeper 3/C. Gretchen was discharged in December 1945 and returned to employment at the telephone company until June 1948. On April 19, 1947 she was united in marriage to Orville E. Wangen at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin. They had seven children. Gretchen was a charter member of Queen of Angels Catholic Church and SPAM POST 570 Amercan Legion. Survivors include six children, Joan Wangen (Rom Piorkowski), Elkader, IA, Barbara (Craig) Laughlin, Plymouth, MN, William (Jodi) Wangen, Austin, MN, Mary (Steve) Riles, Rochester, MN, James (Lynn) Wangen, Edina, MN, Daniel Wangen, Rancho Cordova, CA; seven grandchildren; nieces and a nephew. She is preceded in death by her husband, Orville in 2002; and her son, Edward in 2006. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated 11 am on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church. There will be a 4 pm CCW rosary and a 6:30 pm wake service on Friday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 4-7 pm and also one hour before the service at the church on Saturday. Military rites will be by American Legion Post #91. Interment will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery. Memorials are preferred to the donor’s choice. Condolences may be left at www.mayerfh.com

Service Information


Cemetery

Fort Snelling National Cemetery
7601 34th Ave S
Minneapolis MN 55450


Visitation

Friday, March 13 2015
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Mayer Funeral Home
600 2nd Street NW P.O. Box 27
Austin MN 55912


Visitation

Saturday, March 14 2015
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Queen of Angels Catholic Church
1001 Oakland Avenue East
Austin MN 55912


Service

Saturday, March 14 2015
11:00 AM

Queen of Angels Catholic Church
1001 Oakland Avenue East
Austin MN 55912

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