Audrey L. Gallagher

Audrey L. Gallagher, 89, of Shawano, passed away on Monday, Jan. 1, 2024, at Sun Valley Assisted Living Facility, Shawano.

Audrey Linda Gallagher was born Jan. 8, 1934, in Gillett, daughter to the late Edmund and Linda (Kitzman) Elbe. She graduated from Gillett High School with the class of 1952.

Audrey was united in marriage to Lowell F. Gallagher on Sept. 11, 1954, at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Gillett. She lived in the Oconto Falls area for about five years, where she started working as a nurse’s aid at the Oconto Falls hospital. After moving to the Town of Wescott in 1959, she later worked at the Shawano hospital as a nurse’s aid in the OB department, starting in 1965.

After many years of service, Audrey decided to attend Northwest Technical Institute to earn her LPN certificate. On Feb. 2, 1981, Audrey went back to work at Shawano Hospital as an LPN, where she worked until her retirement in 1997. She also worked after retirement for a time as a med-tech at Heartland Nursing Home, Shawano.

Audrey enjoyed reading and traveling with her daughters. They would take spontaneous road trips around the state, took Amtrak across the country on multiple occasions and traveled to Hawaii, New Zealand and Australia. Audrey cherished her grandchildren to the fullest and will be remembered for her caring nature, and the love she had for family, friends and patients over the years.

Audrey is survived by her daughters, Rachel (Brian) O’Brien, Cecil, Brenda Reynolds, Shawano, and Candace (Terry) Foss, Milwaukee; grandchildren, Benjamin and Katelyn O’Brien, Nicholas Buchholz, Bradford Reynolds, Hope (Tyler) Albertson, and Andrew Nelson; a great-granddaughter, Kali Nelson; brother, Wallace (Charlotte) Elbe, Belton, Texas; her canine companion, L.B.; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters, Deborah Gallagher (in infancy) and Susan Gallagher; son, John Gallagher; son-in-law, James Buchholz; sisters, Virginia (Llewyllen) Strehlow and Barbara (Frank) Frazer; and a special canine companion, Ubo.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 8, 2024, at Hope Community Church, Shawano, with the Rev. Chris Secor officiating. Interment will take place following the service at Wescott Lake Drive Cemetery, Town of Wescott.

Visitation will take place on Monday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

The Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home and Crematory, Clintonville, is assisting the Gallagher family.

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