Arnette Gau, 78

Arnette Gau, a resident of Little Falls, died Thursday, March 22, 2012, at her home in Little Falls.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, March 26, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Belle Prairie, with Father Nick Landsberger officiating.

Arnette Gau was born May 14, 1933, in Randall, the daughter of William and Odelia (Fuchs) Strand. She graduated from Little Falls High School, class of 1951. Following her schooling she worked at Camp Ripley. Arnette was united in marriage to Conrad Gau, July 11, 1953, at Sacred Heart Parish in Little Falls. The couple made their home in Little Falls where she worked at Little Falls Community Schools as the transportation coordinator. Arnette enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, fishing, trips to the casino, sporting events; especially the Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves, Vikings, Gopher basketball and football, attending Little Falls High School sports events and bowling for the American Legion. She was a member of the Hospital Auxiliary and was active with the Meals on Wheels program. Arnette was especially proud of her family. Family was the most important thing to her. She enjoyed many hours of fishing with her husband in the winter and summer. She always made an extra effort to attend as many of her grandchildren’s functions as possible.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Conrad “Connie” Gau of Little Falls; children, Jeff (Cheryl) Gau of St. Cloud, Brad “Buddy” (Wanda) Gau of Little Falls, Greg (Mary) Gau of Sartell,  and Steve (Katie) Gau of Savage; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Odelia (Fuchs) Strand; and infant daughter and a brother, Cecil Strand.

Casketbearers were Jeff Gau, Greg Gau, Steve Gau, Ryan Gau, Brad “Buddy” Gau and Norm Nelson.

Emblom-Brenny Funeral Home