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Gay Gellert

May 21, 1935 — August 21, 2015

Gay Ann (Swink) Gellert, age 80 of Cannon Falls, died on Friday evening, August 21, 2015 at the Kenyon Sunset Home in Kenyon, MN. Gay was born on May 21, 1935 in Bemidji, MN, the daughter of Basil and Velma (Hopkins) Swink. She graduated from Ceylon High School in 1953, and went on to MN School of Business and MN School of Laboratory Techniques. She graduated in 1954. She married Randall C. Gellert on April 19, 1955 at Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Mankato, MN. They lived on the west coast for a short time, later moving to Mankato, where she worked as a lab tech. Upon moving to Cannon Falls, she worked at Minnesota Malting Company and the Cannon Falls Beacon for several years. After that, she worked at West Publishing House for eight years. As a very active member of St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church, she served on the council, helped organize the Crop Walk for many years, and helped raise money for many projects. Gay was always actively supporting her church and community. She was involved with prayer groups, and her spiritual, loving and caring nature helped many in need. She supported the Republican Party and was active in her political beliefs. Gay had an adventuresome spirit, loved to travel, and was always in for a new exploration! She made trips to Israel, Japan, Mexico and around Minnesota and the United States. She was proud of her Irish heritage and had visited Ireland three times. Spending time with her family was so important, and they enjoyed many camping trips together. Her great sense of humor will be missed by her loving family and friends. She is survived by her four children, William (Carrie) Gellert of Brainerd, Shawn Gellert (Steve Johnson) of Buffalo, MN, Heather (Harlan) Peters of Kenyon and Lori (Mike) Fraser of Cannon Falls; ten grandchildren, Sarah (Abram) Gellert-Cruz, Rachel Gellert, Rebekah (Luke) Wagoner, John (Angela) Gellert, Jennifer and Tony Magnuson, Michelle Johnson, Joshua and Jacob Fraser, and Hannah Peters; eight great-grandchildren, Rosa Forsythe, Tessa, Cosette, and William Cruz, Nathaniel, Eliza, and Lillian Wagoner, and Gabriel Magnuson; sister, Jaclyn (Dick) Creighton of Ramona, CA; sisters-in-law, Mary Jane Gellert of Fairmont and JoAnn (Harris) Eng of St. James; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Randall on May 9, 2007; parents, Basil, Velma and Edna Swink; and brother, John Swink. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 27 from 5-8 p.m. at Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls. Funeral service will be held on Friday, August 28 at 11:00 a.m., with visitation from 10-11 a.m., at St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church in Cannon Falls. Interment will follow at the Cannon Falls Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Ansgar's Picnic Shelter and Playground Fund, American Cancer Society or Heartland Hospice. Active pallbearers will be John Gellert, Joshua Fraser, Tony Magnuson, Rachel Gellert, Nathan Eng, and Don Linscheid. Honorary pallbearers will be grandchildren and great grandchildren, Sarah Gellert-Cruz, Rebekah Wagoner, Jennifer Magnuson, Michelle Johnson, Jacob Fraser, Hannah Peters, Rosa Forsythe, Tessa, Cosette, and William Cruz, Nathaniel, Eliza, and Lillian Wagoner, and Gabriel Magnuson.

Funeral Home: Lundberg Funeral Home 5839 Hwy 19 Blvd Cannon Falls, MN US 55009

Previous Events

Thursday, August 27, 2015
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lundberg Funeral Home

5839 Hwy 19 Blvd
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

Friday, August 28, 2015
11:00 AM
St. Ansgar's Lutheran Church

7459 Hwy 19 Blvd
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

with visitation at church from 10-11 a.m.

Graveside Service
Friday, August 28, 2015
Cannon Falls Cemetery

Hwy 19 E
Cannon Falls, MN 55009

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