Marlene Gipson

Marlene Ethel Gipson, age 83 of River Falls WI, died on Friday, January 8, 2021 at Kinnic Health and Rehab. Marlene, and her twin sister Darlene, were born on September 27, 1937 to parents Otto and Viola (Moritz) Schultz. She attended schools in River Falls, and graduated from River Falls High School. She was united in marriage to Corwin “Corky” Gipson. Together they had two sons, Cory and Steve. Though their marriage later dissolved, she and Corky always remained friends.

Marlene worked as an administrative assistant for over 46 years with 3M. Her most rewarding work came following her retirement, where Grandma Marlene had the honor of looking after her two grandsons when they were young. Marlene loved watching football and reading, and enjoyed playing cards, especially Bridge. She was a longtime member of the Bridge Center of Saint Paul, where she loved to socialize and compete with others, while earning a Life Master status from her years as a skilled player of the game. Marlene also served as the managing secretary at the Bridge Center until her stroke in 2014. The family wishes to thank the caring staff at Kinnic Health and Rehab for their wonderful care provided to Marlene since 2014. She will be missed dearly by many.

Marlene is survived by her sons, Cory (Tracy Young) Gipson, and Steve (Tina) Gipson; grandsons, Cody and Drew; sister, Dorie Hoffman; twin sister, Darlene (Bob) Bostrom; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Willard, Richard, and Donald; brother-in-law, Darl; and nephews, David Hoffman, and Dan Hoffman.

A Remembrance Gathering celebrating the life of Marlene Gipson will be held from 1:00-3:00pm on Saturday, January 16, 2021 at the O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 225 S. 3rd Street in River Falls. Use of masks and social distancing practices will be encouraged. Condolences may be sent directly to her family, or to:  The Family of Marlene Gipson, c/o O’Connell-Benedict Funeral Home, 225 South 3rd Street, River Falls, WI 54022.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the O’Connell-Benedict Family Funeral Home of River Falls (715) 425-5644


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