In Memory of Marlene Gipson

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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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  • I worked with Marlene at 3M in the ’80s and ’90s in Statistical Consulting. I’ll remember Marlene as someone who could be counted on to make sure things got done to keep the department running smoothly. And of course, as a bridge fanatic! My thoughts go out to her family.

  • God’s peace and love to Marlene and her family.
    Marlene’s strength and love for her sons and grandsons
    was always evident. So blessed to call her Aunt.

  • My sympathy to Marlene’s family. We were life long friends and shared many adventures together. She loved telling me about her sons as they grew up. Later, it was her two grandsons that she enjoyed spending time with and she related many stories about what they did together and the time she spent at the home of Steve and Tina.

    You are all in my thoughts, including the extended family. I am thankful for so many great memories. Joan “Ozzie” Saathoff

  • My sympathy to the Gipson families. I worked with Marlene at 3M, and also played bridge with her, she was a seasoned player, and always was good at showing you how to make and play a better hand. I just loved those good old days.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Marlene and her family. She was a good friend back in our bridge days together in Prescott and enjoyed our friendship and visits. A great person – she will be missed by everyone who knew her. Love and God Bless. Ron and Anita Sterud