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Michael "Mike" G. Gabrielson
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Obituary for Michael "Mike" G. Gabrielson

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2018 at Newman Center, St. Cloud, MN for Michael George Gabrielson, age 69, who died at home surrounded by his loving family. Mike chose to donate his body to the University of Minnesota, continuing to teach future students. Visitation will be an hour before the service at Newman Center. Arrangements have been entrusted to Williams Dingmann Funeral Home, St. Cloud.

Michael was born on September 29, 1948 in Litchfield, Minnesota to George and Norma (Kohls) Gabrielson. He graduated from Litchfield High School in 1966. He then attended St. Cloud State University. While in school, Mike was drafted and served during the Vietnam War where he was stationed in Germany and worked in Intelligence. He returned after two years and graduated from SCSU with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Chemistry. He later went back to receive a Master of Science in Biology. Mike taught various science courses in the St. Cloud area for 32+ years, retiring in 2007. He was known by his students as “Gabe” and had an ability to connect with students and foster a love of learning that inspired generations. In addition to teaching he had a passion for music and the outdoors. He played in the band Ten Penny for many years with some of his best friends. His passion for the outdoors was contagious. He brought family, friends and many groups of students up to the Boundary Waters in countless trips, where he was able to share his appreciation of nature. Another passion for Mike was automobiles and many friends and relatives will miss calling him for car advice. After retirement, Mike worked with SCSU and the Science Express where he continued to share his love of science with children and engage students in innovative hands on science labs all over the area.

The most important thing in Mike’s life was his family. Throughout his battle with cancer, his number one concern was making sure his family would be okay upon his departure. Mike was a caretaker to all.

Mike is survived by his wife, Julie; children, Chris (Sarah), Ryan, Holly, Jon; grandchildren, Hannah, Sophia, Michael, Zack, Tyler; brother, Jim; sisters, Julie (Bill) Ledford, Lori; parents, George and Norma; sister-in-laws, Pam (Terry) Elfering, Patti (Michael) George, Paula (Roland) Karjahlati, Mary Kosak, Meg Underwood (Linda Lowery), Jenni (Joe) Armitage; brother-in-laws, Bob (Becky) Underwood, Bill (Chris Everett) Underwood and many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Emil and Ester Kohls; paternal grandparents, Carl and Florence Gabrielson; and brother-in-law, Jim Kosak.

The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the staff at the VA Oncology department and Centra Care Hospice Team for their professional and personal service extended to Mike in his time of need.

Memorials are preferred.


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Visitation

Thursday

21

Jun

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Christ Church Newman Center

396 1st Avenue South
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301

Funeral Service

Thursday

21

Jun

11:00 AM
Christ Church Newman Center

396 1st Avenue South
St. Cloud, Minnesota 56301

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