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In Memory of Maren Gebhard

Gathering of Family and Friends

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Saturday February 29, 2020
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Memorial Service

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Saturday February 29, 2020
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Maren Jean Gebhard, age 72 of Hudson, formerly Elmwood and River Falls, died on February 24, 2020, at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. Maren was born on November 1, 1947, in Rock Island, IL, to Harvey Jr. and Mildred (Birkmose) Hardin. She spent her early years in Seaton, IL. When Maren was 13, the family moved to Hudson, WI, and graduated from Hudson High School in 1965 before continuing her studies at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she earned a Bachelors Degree in Mathematics. Maren was united in marriage to the love of her life, James “Jim” Gebhard, on June 10, 1967 in Afton, MN. The couple were blessed with a son. Maren enjoyed taking care of her family while working as a teacher at the Elmwood High School in Elmwood, WI, and would later earn a Masters Degree in Computer Science from the University of Minnesota. She continued teaching in the area and ended her teaching career as a Math Professor at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Maren cherished her family and truly loved to be around them, especially her grandchildren. Her soft hearted nature and patience will be remembered. She and Jim were both delighted by music and theatre.  Together they participated in several St. Paul Opera Workshops, church choirs, and directed plays and musicals in the community for several decades. Maren was passionate about animals and reading, and enjoyed dedicating large parts of her life to both.  She was a long time volunteer at the Humane Society of Pierce-St. Croix in River Falls.

Maren will remain in the hearts of her husband of 52 years, Jim; son, James “Jamie” (Amy) Gebhard; grandchildren, Lexi, Griffin, and Beckett; siblings, Richard (Cheryl) Hardin, David (Carol) Hardin, Jody (Terry) Van Domelen, and Janelle (Daniel) Lemke; aunt, Frances Birkmose; brothers-in-law, Ralph (Pam) Gebhard, John (Sandy) Gebhard; sister-in-law, Linda (Becky Sells) Gebhard; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Harvey and Milly Hardin.

A Memorial Service for Maren will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 29th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment at the Willow River Cemetery. Memorials preferred to St. Croix Animal Friends, P.O. Box 1169, Hudson, WI 54016.

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    • Just learned of Maren’s passing this afternoon. So sorry. I remember her just the way she is described in her obituary. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jim and Jamie.

    • So sorry to hear of Maren’s passing. My prayers go out to the family. I know how much she enjoyed meeting classmates for breakfast every time that she could be there.I remember her smile and laugh. God bless.

    • I’m so sad to hear about Maren’s passing. We used to share the same office suite here at UWRF. Maren’s office was right next to mine and I recall chatting with her quite a bit. Whether it was about students, classes, or personal stories, Maren was always a very nice person to talk to. I also remember Jim occasionally stopping by our office area in the afternoon. Ever since Maren left, her office has seen less and less student traffic and somewhat fittingly, there is not even an instructor in there this year.
      My condolences to Maren’s family. She was such a kind person.
      Alex Tupan and family.

    • I am so saddened to hear about Maren. Jim is a high school classmate of mine. I so enjoyed seeing her at our reunions, and became a Facebook friend a few years ago. Sending my deepest sympathies to Jim and the rest of her family.

    • Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

      I have such fond memories of Maren from my days in high school. She was such a fun and kind woman.

    • In memory of fun, loving and smart Maren, from her first cousins in Illinois.
      We have wonderful memories of times we shared.

      The children of Ida Maye Hardin MccCaw and grandchildren of Maude and Harvey Hardin.
      Peg McCaw Fiman and family, Kathleen Chapman and family, and Gerald Lee MCCaw and family