ADELE EVANGELYN BRABEC
July 25, 1915 ~ January 4, 2016
"Those we love don't go away,
they walk beside us everyday."
Adele Evangelyn Brabec, 100 years old, passed away on Mon., Jan. 4, 2016 in Vancouver, WA. She was born to Axel and Helena Gustafson on July 25, 1915 in Willmar, MN, where she graduated from Willmar High School.
Adele was a nurse at Anoka State Hospital before she married Edward "Bud" Brabec in 1938. She was a homemaker thereafter and together they raised three children, a son and two daughters.
Adele was active in the Girl Scout program, Hazel Dell Grange, served on the election board, and volunteered for various organizations in town. She earned her AA degree from Clark College in 1971.
Adele loved to travel and after the children left home, she and Bud traveled all over the United States and saw many wonderful things. One of the trips they liked to make frequently was to Door County, WI where they took in their famous Fish Bowl dinner. The highlight of Adele's travels was when she toured Europe and was able to visit her ancestral home in the Lofoten Islands of Norway where she was able to meet some of her Mother's relatives.
Adele will be missed by her husband of 77 years, Edward "Bud" Brabec; two daughters, Maureen (Larry) Drake of Longview, WA and Debbi Oslund of Vancouver, WA; six grandchildren, Robert (Dee Dee) Brabec, Scott (Melissa) Brabec, Robin (Hayden) Davis, Rick Drake, Eric (Bobbi) Oslund, and Chad (Yary) Oslund; 17 great-grandchildren, Robert "Bo", Sophie, Kyle, Amelia, Jake (Marissa), Corissa (Matt), Brady, Myles, Cassie, Kayleen, Keyonna, Austin, Ashlynn, Jesus M, Sophia, Zach, and Zoe; and three great- great-grandchildren, Aleigha, Theodore, and Piper.
She was preceded in death by her son, Wayne Edward Brabec.
A memorial service to celebrate Adele's life will be held Sat., Feb. 13, 2016 at First Church of God, 3300 NE 78th St., Vancouver, WA, at 12:00 noon, with reception immediately following.
Please sign her guest book at: www.columbian.com/obits
Published by The Columbian on Jan. 10, 2016.