Audrey G. Ahlness
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ITHACA - Audrey G. Ahlness, 84, of Ithaca, formerly of Manchester, CT, died Sunday, December 14, 2008 at Cayuga Medical Center. Born in Luverne, MN, she was the daughter of the late Einar and Alma Remme Lorange. Audrey grew up the youngest of five children in a small town in Minnesota, where she became high school homecoming queen. She and husband, Bob, raised three children in the Midwest and moved to Connecticut in the 60's. They put down strong community and religious roots in Manchester, where she became an active member of Emanuel Lutheran Church.
She was a wonderful, spirited woman full of love. Through a life of loving service she was able to transform many lives. Audrey was person of substance in ways that are hard to define. She will be missed by her family and many dear friends.
Audrey is survived by her husband of 62 years Robert Ahlness of Ithaca; her children, David Ahlness of Manchester, CT, Mark (Janeanne Houston) Ahlness of Seattle, WA, and Kristin (Greg Thomas) Ahlness of Ithaca; grandchildren, Brendan and Eva; brother, Lloyd (Lois) Lorange of Ortonville, MN, and many loving nieces and nephews in the Midwest.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, December 18, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Rev. Rick Bair officiating. There are no public calling hours. Burial, delayed until spring, will be in Frear Memorial Park. A memorial service is being planned for January at Emanuel Lutheran Church in Manchester, CT.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, Ithaca or Emanuel Lutheran Church, Manchester, CT.
Arrangements are by the E.C. Wagner Funeral Home of Ithaca.

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Published in Ithaca Journal on Dec. 16, 2008.
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July 21, 2009
Kris, David and Mark,

I don't often view the obituaries, which is why I didn't read about your mom's passing until today. Audrey was a wonderful lady; growing up she was like a second mother to me. God's blessings to you and your families.

Cindy (Dodson) Kiesewetter
Cynthia Kiesewetter
February 19, 2009
Kris, I just heard about you losing your mom, I am so sorry for your loss. She was very proud of you and when she came to the farm she always spoke of how great you were doing. She was not just your mom, but your best friend and cheerleader.
I know you miss her, but if you close your eyes you will find her right there inside your heart.
Shelly B.
January 18, 2009
Dear Bob, David and the Ahlness Family,
Audrey, as everyone knows, was a wonderful, giving spirit and a light to many. Bob and Audrey welcomed our family into Emanuel and sponsored us as new members. We have always held a special place in our hearts for both and were very saddened by her illness. She has been a guide for many as to how to live a full and loving life. Audrey is so missed. You are in our prayers and hearts, the Hansen Family
Joy Hansen
January 1, 2009
Dear Mark, and all of the Ahlness family. I was sorry to hear of your loss. I know your mother/aunt/friend/grandmother had to be a special person. She raised such special children.
Cathie Albair
December 20, 2008
To Audrey's family: As President of Hartford Lodge, Sons of Norway, I want you to know that Audrey was a cherished and active member for 28 years. She was a friend to all, greeting everyone with a smile, a kiss, a hug and an encouraging word. She was a special and caring lady and we will miss her.
Rosemary Donnestad
December 18, 2008
Audrey was my godmother and a most special aunt. She was so much fun and we loved to spend time with her. We will miss her, and our thoughts are with you.


John Devick
December 18, 2008
You have my heartfelt sympathies for your loss. What can bring you great comfort is knowing that soon "death will be no more." -Revalation 21:4
Cherae Bogues
December 17, 2008
Sorry for your loss, I will always remember Audrey for her way of taking care of her garden in the back yard. Her raspberries and the tree I now have in my back yard that she had given us. She has been missed here in Manchester.
Tom & Judy Carr
December 17, 2008
For many years now on August 14th Audrey called me and sang Happy Birthday. She really loved her whole family. I love each of you very much and think of you often. May her life be special for you
Lowell Johnson
December 17, 2008
To Audrey's family, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you,
Audrey was a good friend and we have fond memories of
the time we spent with she and Bob. She was loved by
all who knew her and she will be truly missed.
Sincerely, with love, Gerry Isaksen & Ethel Fowler
Ethel Fowler
December 16, 2008
Though we only knew your mother a short while, her sweet cheerful energy is remembered by all she touched here. We send our thoughts and prayers to you and all your family.
Marne, Roz, Jane, Tracy and Tammy
Family Medicine, Ithaca
Marne O'Shae, MD
December 16, 2008
I will miss talking with your lovely, joyful mother during my visits to Sterling House. She was so gracious and such a pleasure to spend time with when she remembered to get up early enough to come for her manicure! My condolences on your loss.
Gwen Ames
December 16, 2008
Sending love and hugs to all of you.I'm thinking of a Christmas when Mark gave Audrey an MnM dispenser. She laughed for at least an hour. We will all miss her very much. Peace, dear ones.
Janeanne Houston
December 16, 2008
Her tears were the souls of all she loved in heaven and on earth. Her laughter was carbonated holiness. We love you Bob,Mark, David and Kristin.
Kristi Devick
December 16, 2008
Dear Kristen, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Loosing a Mother is never easy. Please know that our prayers are with you to have strenght through this trying time. May God bless you.
Donna Wild
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