AUDREY G. AHLNESS
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.
Published in Ithaca Journal on Dec. 16, 2008.