Obit: Gabrys, Josephine (1923 - 2009)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Gabrys, Luebrandt, Olejniczak, Joellen, Curcio, Apfelbeck  

----Source: Thorp Courier (Thorp, Clark Co., WI.) September 2, 2009 

Gabrys, Josephine (7 March 1923 - 30 August 2009) 

Josephine Gabrys, age 86, of Thorp passed away on Sunday, August 30, 2009 at Oakbrook Health & Rehabilitation in Thorp.  Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 4, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Bernard-St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Thorp with Rev. Keith Apfelbeck officiating.  Burial will follow in New St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be: Leonard Gabrys, Bob Gabrys, Bruce Gabrys, Neal Gabrys, Paul Gabrys, and John Curcio.  

Visitation will be held on Thursday, September 3, 2009 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Thorp Funeral Home with a 6:00 p.m. rosary service.  Visitation will also be held on Friday, September 4, 2009 from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the church. 

Josephine Olejniczak was born on March 7, 1923 in Thorp, WI to Andrew and Anna (Luebrandt) Olejniczak and received her education at area schools.  After completing her education, Josephine moved to Chicago, IL to work.  She was united in marriage to Alex Gabrys on June 27, 1948 in Chicago.  Alex and Josephine moved to Gilman in 1951 and farmed until retirement. They later moved to Thorp in the 1990’s. 

In her spare time, she enjoyed canning, gardening, baking and in addition, Josephine was a great cook.  She loved to shop, sing, dance, and "cruising" in the convertible.  Josephine became an avid Packer fan in her 80’s.  Josephine had a great sense of humor and she enjoyed a good laugh and a "cup of coffee."  Our mother was a very gentle, kind and loving person and she will be missed by all. 

She was a member of St. Bernard-St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church in Thorp and was a previous member of St. Peter & Paul’s Catholic Church in Gilman. 

Josephine is survived by her four children: Margie Gabrys of Eau Claire, Leonard Gabrys of Balko, OK, Bob (Marcie) Gabrys of Gilman, and Bruce (Theresa) Gabrys of Eagle River, AK.  She is also survived by five grandchildren: Ann (John), Neal (Rene’), Johanna (Rhu), Stephanie (Alton), and Paul and one great-grandchild, Marianna Joellen. 

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Alex on August 4, 2006; one daughter, Ann, in infancy; and three brothers: Tony, Wally and Stanley.  

Online Condolences may be directed to  

Thorp Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.  



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