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HAWARDEN, IOWA – Audrey Gaul, 89, of Hawarden, passed away on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at the Hillcrest Health Care Center in Hawarden.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the United Methodist Church in Hawarden with Rev. Barb Joy officiating. Burial will follow in the Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon Friday, with the family present from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. The family prefers memorials be directed to the Hawarden Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Store, West Sioux Educational Foundation, or the Hawarden United Methodist Church.
Audrey Jean Gaul was born to Reuben and Myrtle (Aldrich) Anderson on April 6, 1930. She grew up on a farm near Alcester, South Dakota, attending country school and later high school in Alcester. After graduating she attended USD for a semester, taking art classes, and then started working for the phone company.
On January 28, 1951, she married Bob Gaul. They lived in Hawarden, Iowa for the majority of their marriage and raised their four children, Kathy, Karen, Connie, and Steve. Bob died suddenly on August 10, 1976.
Audrey loved to sew, draw, paint, decorate, read and walk. She also loved to watch her grandchildren play sports and was their most avid fan. Audrey enjoyed belonging to many clubs, sorority, church groups, PEO, and the Hawarden Hospital Auxiliary.
She is survived by her children, Kathy Huitink of Hawarden, Karen (Gary) Marshall of Vermillion, South Dakota, Connie (Ronnie) Koopmans of Ireton, Iowa, and Steve (Renee) Gaul of Hawarden; 10 grandchildren and their families, Mike (Sandy) Huitink and their children, Luke and Katie; Jon (Melissa) Huitink and their children, Lauren and Alex; Dan (Jenna) Huitink and their children, Thomas, Allie, Katelyn, and Haley; Zach (Chelsea) Huitink; Rob (Kelly) Marshall and their children, Mady, Brooks, and Brandt; Kelly Tepe and her children, Kiera, Logan, and Mason; Ryan (Ashley) Koopmans and their children, Annabel, Henry, and Rae; Ross (Mollie) Koopmans and their children, Norah, Nash, and Nolan; Becky (Joe) Vander Broek and their children, Cael and Cade; and Derek Gaul.
Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Bob; son-in-law, Terry Huitink; and sister, Maxine Kratochvil and her husband Charlie.
Our sincere condolences to all of Auds family. Many memories from years gone by. Bob and JP had many conversations over the counter, and we watched lots of Labor Day Parades back in the day. Thinking of and praying for all. The vividness of memories will keep her alive in your hearts. God bless
Rick and Carol Salberg Jul 19 2019 12:00 AM
Rest in peace, dear Audrey. You will be missed, Cousin. Loved knowing you, and sharing some very special moments at Mica, and later Hillcrest. Cousins reunited unexpectedly. You are a gracious, lovely lady. Heaven will be more heavenly now. My deepest sympathy to your family.
With love and gratitude, Mary Aldrich Jul 19 2019 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Audrey Gaul
Melissa, Jon, Lauren and Alex Jul 18 2019 12:00 AM
Kathy, Karen, Connie, Steve and families:
Our deepest sympathies are extended out to each one of you in the passing of your mother. She was a very classy lady who has left an impact in the Hawarden community for generations to come.
I can remember vividly, to this day, both your mom and dad coming in to Booth Drug to shop or just visit with Donnie Hummel,duringmy years of highschool, when I worked there. Each of them would always speak to me with kind and warm conversation and always, always had a smile on their faces.
May they both rest in peace until we are all reunited again with our loved ones someday.
Rodd & Gwen Holtkamp,
rodd holtkamp Jul 18 2019 12:00 AM
An A Touch of Gold was ordered on July 18, 2019
Expression of Sympathy Jul 18 2019 12:00 AM
Kathy. Steve, Karen and Connie...
My deepest sympathies to you and all your family members. Your mom was a very special woman. And looking at the 4 of you, it's obvious she was an inspiring mom, too. My family truly enjoyed being neighbors all those years in Hawarden.
May all your happy memories bring smiles to you during this time of loss.
Mary Swanson Deets
Mary (Swanson) Deets Jul 18 2019 12:00 AM
Our deepest sympathies on the loss of your mother, grandmother. I will always remember her smile and fun personality. You al are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless! Mark and Julie Degen
Mark and Julia Degen Jul 18 2019 12:00 AM
Rest in peace, Grandma. We love you and will miss you dearly but happy that you are now reunited with Grandpa. I will always be grateful for the example you set for your family on how to be courageous and persevere when life throws challenges your way. Love you.
Jon Huitink Jul 17 2019 12:00 AM