WKEB Obituaries Blog

Ann M. Gebauer


Ann Marie (Halopka) Gebauer, a city of Medford resident, passed peacefully into eternal life at the Rib Lake Health Services on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at the age of 93, under the care of Hope Hospice. She was a caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother and a friend to all who knew her.


Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Medford, with Pastor Daniel Iwinski officiating. Burial will take place at Medford Evergreen Cemetery II. Visitation will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 6, 2022 from 9:30 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM. Ann's grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.


Ann was born on July 25, 1928 in the town of Browning, the daughter of Frank and Alma (Giese) Halopka. She attended Fairfield Grade School, Town of Browning, and was a 1946 graduate of Medford High School. Her marriage took place on September 14, 1946 at Community Evangelical Lutheran Church in Medford to Norman L. Gebauer; he preceded her in death on September 28, 2009.


Ann and Norman lived most of their lives in the city of Medford.  She was a very kind, loving, and nurturing wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother. She was wonderful homemaker, cook, and baker. Her kitchen was always open to everyone and she always had her delicious chocolate chip cookies; nobody ever left hungry. She loved children, especially babies, as she cared for numerous children while the parents worked. In her early years of marriage she did a lot of sewing for the family. She enjoyed family and all the gatherings and playing cards. She was a member of the Ladies Group at Immanuel Church and worked at many funerals and weddings, helping to prepare meals.


Ann is survived by her children, Nancy (Robert) Schesel of Thorp and William (Bonnie) Gebauer of Medford; son-in-law Douglas (Mickie) Grube; daughter-in-law Margaret (Steve Budzinski) Gebauer; grandchildren, Amy, Michael, and Matthew Grube, Todd and Tim Schesel, Sarah (Schesel) Hempleman, Earl, Eric, and Steve Gebauer, Summer (Gebauer) Burlingame, OraLee (Gebauer) Dittrich, and Seth Gebauer, 31 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren. Ann is further survived by many other family and friends.


In addition to her parents and husband, Norman, Ann is preceded in death by  her daughter, Alana Grube on June 15, 1994; son, Lex Gebauer on May 20, 2007; granddaughter, Angela Grube on July 23, 1977; great-grandson Sam Gebauer on February 5, 2013; siblings, Alma Fiebke, Shirley Kleist, and Lydia, Frank, Harry, Earl, Ray, and Gene Halopka.


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