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Florence E. Abram, 97, of Brownton

Florence Abram
Florence Ethel (Gehrke) Abram, 97, of Brownton, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2016, at Glencoe Regional Health Services Long Term Care.
 
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 14, at Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton with the Rev. Andrew Hermodson-Olsen officiating. Bev Wangerin was the pianist. The Grace Lutheran Church choir sang “Come Follow Me” and The Rev. Andrew and Rosine Hermodson-Olsen sang “Borning Cry.”
 
Casket bearers were Dawn Condos, Erin Jensen, Keith Tongen, Doug Karg, Dave Wendlandt and Alan Jerabek. Interment was in the church cemetery.
 
Florence Ethel (Gehrke) Abram was born Sept. 28, 1918, in Collins Township, Brownton, the daughter of Henry and Amanda (Schimmelpfennig) Gehrke. She was baptized as an infant and confirmed in her faith as a youth on March 29, 1931, by the Rev. Kowalske at Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton. She was educated in Brownton, graduating with the Brownton High School class of 1936.
 
On Sept. 22, 1940, she was united in marriage with Wesley J. Abram by the Rev. Kowalske at Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton. They made their home in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Denver, Colorado, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Brownton. Their marriage was blessed with two children, Ken and Mary. The Abrams shared over 60 years of marriage before Mr. Abram’s death on Jan. 21, 2001.
 
In addition to being a loving wife, mother and homemaker, Mrs. Abram worked at Scrimgeour Pharmacy in Brownton. She was a lifelong member of Grace Lutheran Church in Brownton, where she was a member of WELCA and held the office of treasurer-secretary in her earlier years. She also was a member of the church choir and was a Sunday school teacher.
 
Mrs. Abram loved the outdoors, fishing and gardening, mostly flowers. She enjoyed taking long walks in which she could speed walk, reading books, playing cards, especially bridge, and baking breads and pies, which she would always share with others. She was an avid sports fan and would attend her children and grandchildren’s sporting events. In her later years, she enjoyed Vikings football and baseball games on television. She and her husband spent many winter months in San Diego, California. She treasured the time spent with friends and family.
 
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Ken and Karlene Abram of Wolcotteville, Indiana; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Jim Nelson of Plymouth; grandchildren, Dawn (Jim) Condos of Romeoville, Illinois, Karna (Dan) Chier of Noblesville, Indiana; Erin Jensen (domestic partner Joe Defilippis) of Helena, Montana, and Seth (Jessica) Jensen of Port Angeles, Washington; great-grandchildren, Zachary Young, Jamie Condos, Jack Wesley Condos, Samp Philpott, Allison Philpott, Carley Chier, Vaughn Wirkus, Domonic Defilippis, Mady Defilippis and Lochlyn Jensen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Amanda Gehrke; husband, Wesley J. Abram; sister, Elsie Sommerdorf; and brother, Glen Gehrke.
 
Arrangements were with the Johnson-McBride Funeral Chapel in Glencoe. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.