Arlys Noreen Gayner

Arlys Noreen Gayner, age 62 of Dassel, Minn., died Friday, Sept. 4, 1998 at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, Minn.

Arlys was born April 26, 1936, in Howard Lake, the daughter of Robert and Esther (Ziedler) Rieck. She was baptized as an infant and later confirmed at the St. James Lutheran Church.

She attended rural school in Howard Lake, grades one through five; St. James Lutheran School, grades six through eight; and graduated from Howard Lake High School in 1954.

After graduating, she moved to Minneapolis, where she lived for three years until her marriage on March 2, 1957 at St. James Lutheran Church. After marriage, she made the Dassel city and community her home.

Arlys was a homemaker and also worked for Crest Electronics in Dassel for more than 10 years. At the time of her death, she was a purchasing agent for Crest.

Arlys was a member of the Gethsemane Lutheran Church of Dassel. She was also a member of the Paul F. Dille American Legion Auxiliary.

Arlys loved the outdoors. Her home on Lake Washington let her enjoy the beauty of the water, as well as her favorite pastimes of fishing and boating.

Arlys was preceded in death by her parents and her grandson, Derek Thomas Gayner.

She is survived by her husband, Dean Gaynor of Dassel; her children and their spouses: Rae Gayner of St. Paul, Tom and JoAnn Gayner of Inver Grove Heights, Jenna and Terry O'Brien of Mendota Heights; and her grandchildren, Cole and Maureen O'Brien and Andi Gayner.

Arlys is further survived by her sisters, Joyce and husband John Carlson of Buffalo; Wanda and husband Evans Terning of Dassel; and mother-in-law Hazel Gayner of Dassel.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 1998 from Gethesemane Lutheran Church, with the Revs. Scott Geister-Jones and Paula Geister-Jones officiating. The organist was Florine Osness, with special music was by Joan Benson, who sang "How Great Thou Art" and "The Lord's Prayer." Congregational hymns were "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" and "Beautiful Savior." Reflections and tribute were given by Donald Berg.

Honorary casket bearers were Donald Bollman, Donald Berg, Wilton Anderson, Earl Nordstrom, Mark Nordstrom, Douglas Bollman, Mitch Rawlins, and Wayne Kuester.

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