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Al Gosen

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Gosen, Al
Age 91

Longville, Minnesota and Lake Havasu City, Arizona passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona. Albert Gosen was born on September 14, 1921 to Jacob and Sara Gosen in Delft, Minnesota, one of seven brothers and five sisters. Al graduated from Windom High School and Joined the Navy where he served in the Pacific during World War II. After his military service he attended Mankato Teacher's College where he played football. His first teaching position was in Janesville, Minnesota and subsequently taught at Stillwater Junior High and Oakland Junior High, both schools in the Stillwater Area School District. On July 22, 1949 he married R. Leona (Irish) Schluter and they raised four children together. Following his retirement from his teaching career in 1982 Al and "Irish" began going south for part of the winter. In 1987 they bought their home on Mule Lake near Longville where many enjoyable summers were spent. In August of 1994 his wife "Irish" of 45 years died after a long battle with cancer. Al continued wintering in Lake Havasu City, Arizona and during this time met Celeste Micek in 1995. They were later married and have spent the last 18 years together. The rest is a life of complete peace and harmony for two people who enjoyed the same activities including family from both sides and friends of Longville, Omaha, and Havasu. Al was a man of many talents. His hobbies included bowling, horseshoes, fishing with family and woodworking which he especially enjoyed later in life. As a child he could speak fluent German with his parents who had immigrated from Europe. Al is survived by his wife Celeste Micek, children; Mary Gosen of Coon Rapids, MN, Gail (Dennis) Brunsell of Blaine, MN, Alan (Lorie) Gosen of Hinckley, MN, Ruth (Jeremy) Powers of Fridley, MN, eight grandchildren; Bill, Ruqayyah, Bethany, Sara (Chris), John, Cassie, Allie, Nora, eleven great grandchildren, and will also be greatly missed by the Micek family. Al is also survived by his five sisters; Katherine Cramer, Darlene Forbrook, Sara Neil, Dorothy Redding, and Louise Sawatzky. Al was preceded in death by his wife Irish and six brothers; Larry, Abe, Elmer, Jack, Richard and Ray.A Memorial Service for Al will be held Friday, May 3, 2013 at 12:00 Noon at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Longville with Father Mike Patullo officiating. There will be a gathering time for family and friends beginning at 11:00 am. Inurnment will follow the service at Ponto Lake Cemetery with military honors provided by the Longville VFW Post #772. Memorials are preferred to St. Edwards Catholic Church or the Longville VFW Post #772. The Dennis Funeral Home of Longville assisted the family in making service arrangements. Share on-line condolences at

Published in Omaha World-Herald on Apr. 24, 2013
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