In Memory of Gary Briske

Gathering of Family and Friends

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday April 5, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

A good man died March 30, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving family in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Gary Maurice Briske, age 77, was born in Rochester, Minnesota on Tuesday, February 22, 1944 to Iola and LaVern Briske.  He was the only son, followed by sisters LaVonne Glidden and Anita Goetz.  

He was married to Nancy Jo (Bundy) Briske in Rochester, Minnesota on July 3, 1965.

After graduating from John-Marshal High School in Rochester, Minnesota 1962 he went on to attend Rochester Community College, until he entered the US Marine Corp for 2 years. Gary attended the DeVry Institute of Technology and other educational pursuit, obtaining his degree in electronical engineering.  His 30 year career as a quality engineer for 3M company took him to many parts of the United States and Europe.

He enjoyed meeting new people, stamp collecting, fly tying, wood carving and reading.  He built and maintained A Little Free Library in his yard.  He was grandfather to all children that stop by.  Gary enjoyed the people that he served in the Hudson Food Shelf.

He was a devoted husband, loving father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife and closest friend for 56 years Nancy Jo (Bundy) Briske, daughters Deb Briske and Heather Briske and grandchildren Logan Howley, Peter (Kristen) Howley, Micaela Howley, and Ian Howley. Great grandchild Emyrs Howley.  Sisters LaVonne (Bruce) Glidden and Anita (John) Goetz.

A Memorial Gathering of Friends & Family will take place from 4:00-6:00 P.M. Monday, April 5th, 2021 at O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. If you wish to view Gary’s private family service it will be live streamed at 3:00 P.M. on Monday, April 5th. Memorials are preferred to the discretion of the family.

Whenever he met someone, he called them friend and would know their life story.  He could always see the good in any person.

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    • Iam so sorry about Gary’s passing. He was one of my favorite customers at Family Fresh. 🙂 Always so sweet, kind and so helpful! I will miss seeing him on Wednesdays. Tiffany at Family Fresh

    • Our prayers and thoughts are with you as you celebrate his life, He was a great coworker at 3M Columbia ,where we first met , and we followed him to Hudson. He was an asset to our community and church in all his volunteering activities.

    • We are so sorry to hear this news. May all the memories console you during this difficult time. Prayers sent.

    • Dear Nancy, Deb and Heather,

      I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Gary was always so kind. He will be remembered for his compassion, patience and humor. God has welcomed a wonderful man into Heaven. May you find peace.

      Kathy (Buddy) Wobbeking

    • Nancy,
      We are both so sad and sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He shall definitely be missed. Sending prayers, love and hugs to you all.
      Love, Rick Hagar and Kim Campbell

    • Gary was a wonderful man in so many, many ways. His presence and smile will be greatly missed. Hugs and prayers to you and your family, Nancy. Much love, Chris and Heather Tank