January 28, 1936 – January 14, 2020
Audrey Kilian, age 83, of St. Michael passed away peacefully January 14, 2020 surrounded by her loving family. Near the end, she imparted final words of wisdom to us, “The Lord has done a lot for us. We are going to do a lot for the Lord.” She loved the life the Lord gave her.
Audrey was born and raised on a farm in Albertville with her parents and 14 siblings. As the eldest of a large family, Audrey frequently cared for her younger siblings who often referred to her as a second mom. After graduating high school, Audrey worked at the Federal Reserve in Minneapolis and as a short-order cook on weekends for room and board. To commute from her home in Albertville to Minneapolis, she had to light a lantern and wave down the train in Albertville to ride to the Cities.
Audrey first met Archie during visits to his parents’ strawberry fields in St. Michael. The two would eventually begin dating, and their relationship led to marriage on June 28, 1958. During the early years of their marriage, they lived in Silver Bay, MN which is where they started their family with the birth of their oldest son, Jeff. They would eventually add to their family with 6 daughters and one more son. Audrey found her calling in motherhood. She blessed her children with her grace, kindness and strong faith. She was a woman of incredible generosity and selflessness, never asking or expecting anything in return. Audrey thoroughly enjoyed making holidays and birthdays special events for her children. She also loved to treat them to movies and restaurants. She deeply loved her family!
Audrey took such joy in spending time with her siblings, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She enjoyed singing, dancing and playing the piano. She liked gardening and loved cooking and baking; her kitchen specialties were potato salad and “Audrey” bars. She had a passion for reading, often reading multiple books at one time. Audrey loved playing cards and was ready for a game of nickel nickel any time, any place and especially loved playing with her grandchildren. She also liked going to the casino and playing the slot machines. Audrey was a faithful member of St. Michael Catholic Church and enjoyed Adoration, Church festivals and BINGO. To know Audrey was to love her. She was an amazing, joyful, caring and generous person with a warm smile for all she met. Audrey will truly be missed by all who were lucky enough to know her!
Survived by her husband Paul “Archie” Kilian; her children [Jeffrey] Paula (daughter-in-law), Pamela, Sheila, Lisa (Bill) Valerius, Sylvia (Jeff Becker), Paula, Karla (Tom Ripplinger), Jason (Jamie Anderson); grandchildren, Jacob, Andrew, Sondra, Kristine Kilian, Andrew Bohn & Stephanie (Curtis) Hakala; David Mah; Aaron Valerius (Sam Geisler) & Alayna (Keith) Arns; Derek (Rafia) Kilian, Cienna & Elle Becker; Taylor & Julia Ripplinger; Kira & Kinsi Kilian; 5 great grandchildren Bennett Kilian, Carson & Hailey Norton, Harrison & Charlie Hakala; siblings Arlene (Loren) Dehmer, Joanne Monson, Diane (Gerald) Milless, Betty McAlpine, Gerald (Mona) Martin, Donna Corbin, Mary (Jerry) Holland, Eldon (LeAnne) Martin, Linda (Gene) Kirk, Theresa (Terry) Bourgeois, Dale (Bev) Martin & Daniel Martin.
Preceded in death by her loving parents, Alrick & Mildred Martin; Father/Mother-in-law Leon & Stella Kilian; son Jeffrey Kilian; brothers Eugene & Duane; brothers-in-law Leon “Butch” Corbin, Larry McAlpine & Pete Monson.