Audrey Griese

OBITUARY - Audrey Griese


Audrey Griese, 87, died unexpectedly on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the St Cloud Hospital.  Visitation will be Tuesday, January 14, 2014, from 5 PM to 8 PM at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, Monticello, with a Prayer Service at 7:30 PM.  Further visitation will be one hour prior to the funeral at the church.  Funeral services will be Wednesday, 11 AM at St. Peter’s Ev. Lutheran Church, 413 3rd St. E., Monticello, with Rev. Darren Green officiating.  Interment will be Thursday, 11:35 AM at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis.  Funeral arrangements are with the Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel of Monticello.


Audrey was born on November 29, 1926 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Ben and Elizabeth (Duwe) Bueck. She married Walter Griese on May 1, 1953 in Minneapolis. They were married for 59 years.


 She enjoyed fishing, collecting stamps, sewing, art, singing, and socializing with people. She lived on Knox Ave, Mpls until 1938 when the family purchased a farm just outside of Dayton, MN.  Audrey was a "Superior Student" in the Dayton School. She graduated Salutatorian of the Class of 1945 from Elk River High School (which at that time was Handke). After high school her first job was at Elk River Concrete, she then worked at United Power and showed members how to cook with electric appliances and used her passion for Art to paint stage backdrops for the power shows. She also edited and designed their newsletter.  


She went on a trip to Rapid City, SD with friends in 1951 where she met Walt who was in the Air Force. After getting married they lived in Rapid City briefly and then settled down in Osseo for a few years where they had many friends. During this time they adopted their two children.  In 1968 they moved near her parents’ farm just outside of Dayton. 


Audrey was truly talented and always willing to learn a new skill. She wrote many articles for different craft magazines & humorous articles for Women's Circle Home Cooking. She worked as a traveling Education Advisor for Pfaff and co-authored a sewing book.  She started a mail order sewing company out of her home in 1974 and in 1976 started A-1 Sew Craft with her husband Walt, a retail sewing and vacuum cleaner store in Champlin, MN. To supplement the family income she took a "temporary" job at Starkey Labs Hearing Aides in Eden Praire, it lasted for 9 years. 


They were always very involved at whatever Lutheran Church they attended. Their move to Big Lake brought them to St. Peters Lutheran in Monticello and they always spoke of their love for Pastor Green and his precious family. Audrey was an only child but had many relatives and enjoyed the many family gatherings immensely, many times playing her accordion.


Over the years Audrey and Walt took many trips and cruises all over the world with other dealers from promotions they earned from selling Sewing machines. In her retirement she loved sewing, quilting, painting, stamp collecting, singing in the choir, making photo albums, researching family history, and traveling the open roads. Just give her and Walt a destination of a family gathering or sewing convention and they would be on the road driving to the event.   


After Walt's death she moved to the Keller Lakes Commons Apartments and absolutely LOVED her life there. She joined the "For the Fun Of It" singing group and was working on a comedy routine with her Ole & Lena jokes. She had big travel plans for the upcoming months and had never seemed happier. 


She was preceded in death by her husband Walt, her parents; and her grandsons Benjamin and Michael.  Audrey is survived by her daughter Linda (Ben) Wallace of Elk River, MN, son Allan (Aida) Griese of Hudson, FL, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren; many dear cousins, her beloved church family at St. Peters Lutheran, her "Peas & Carrots" friend Virgy and her 2nd daughter Theresa who was such a blessing to her these last months. 



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