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Clare Gabrielson

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Clare Gabrielson, 85, Woodstock, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at Lexington Health Care, Streamwood.

She was born Dec. 7, 1928, to Christopher and Anna (Ahlers) Burg in Manitowoc, Wis.  

On July 10, 1948, she married Tennes Gabrielson in Woodstock. He died in May 1978. She married Vernon Hanson in 1986, and they were together for more than 10 years.

She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Woodstock. She spent her adult life raising her children, and she used to say, “I was responsible for each and every one.” 

She took great care creating a loving home for her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She enjoyed camping, bowling and stitchery and shared her home with several cats over the years. She was particularly proud of her husband Tennes and the homes, commercial buildings and churches he constructed in McHenry County.

Survivors include five children, Carol (Al) Zarnstorff, Apple River, Susan (AJ) Tyson, Chicago, Laurel Gabrielson, Woodstock, Lynne (Doug) Anthony, Marengo, and Andy (Linda) Gabrielson, Woodstock; 10 grandchildren, Joel (Krysten) Zarnstorff, Wonder Lake, Rob (Erica) Zarnstorff, Woodstock, Abbie (Justin Massa) Torgeson, Chicago, Lindsay Torgeson, Woodstock, Ryan Torgeson, Chicago, Caitlin (Josh) Wagner, Bloomington, Jake Anthony, DeKalb, Kat Gabrielson, Woodstock, Christopher Gabrielson, Woodstock, and Anna Gabrielson, Woodstock; great-grandchildren, Ben and Julia Zarnstorff, Maddy and Clara Zarnstorff, and Marlowe Massa; a brother, Joe (Mary Ellen) Burg; two sisters, Helen Kristensen, Dorothy Kohl; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Tennes; her husband Vernon; an infant daughter; a daughter, Kristin M. Gabrielson; and four brothers, William Burg, Al Burg, John Burg and Ervin Burg. 

Visitation and prayer service were held Sept. 14 at the Schneider-Leucht-Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, Woodstock. Visitation continued Sept. 15, at St. Mary Church, followed by a funeral Mass. 

Interment followed in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery, Woodstock.

Memorials can be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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