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Gloriane (Oldin) Stocke Kobbe passed away peacefully at her home on November 8, 2023 at the age of 86.

She was born on April 23, 1937 in Minneapolis, MN to her parents, Helge and Florence (Thiel) Oldin.

Her love for music started at a very young age, playing the concert accordion. At the age of 16, she was declared the National Champion accordion soloist at the Chicagoland Music Festival and was the featured soloist at Soldier Field, playing to 90,000 concert goers. After graduating high school she went on to earn a certificate in piano musicianship and pedagogy from the National Piano Foundation.

She married James Stocke in 1957 and they welcomed four daughters, whom they raised in Buffalo, MN. Jim and Gloriane enjoyed traveling abroad for Jim’s career, hosting friends for monthly bridge club gatherings, and collecting antiques for their booth at the Buffalo Nickel. She worked for many years as a physical therapy assistant at the Buffalo Hospital, taught piano lessons from her home to many local children including grandchildren, started and directed the adult handbell choir at the Methodist Church in Buffalo, and supported local concerts and arts activities.

After Jim’s passing, Gloriane later met and married Richard Kobbe of Buffalo, MN. They had 10 wonderful years together, taking day trips in Minnesota, entertaining friends from the Farm Bureau Association, attending church, and enjoying their families.

Gloriane had a wide array of friends and was known for being very accepting and social, always planning the next coffee get together, looking forward to meeting her knitting group at church, or staying in touch with her cousins in Sweden. Whether it was teaching herself the harp, using her home kiln to make pottery, or showing her grandchildren how she could still get up on water skis at the age of 70, Gloriane was a warm and loving soul.

Gloriane is survived by her children Julie Albrecht, Buffalo MN; Gayle Miller, Howard Lake MN; Barb (DuWayne) Dammann, Waconia MN; Paula (Patrick) Meister, Hanover MN; grandchildren Ryan and Nick (Nicole) Albrecht; Nathalie (Tayt) Rinehardt, Andrea Miller, Melisa (Matt) Hill; Jim and Andrew (Ashley) Dammann; Adam and Matthew Meister; 9 great-grandchildren who called her 3G, and her Cavalier-Poodle Lucy. She is preceded in death by her parents, husbands Jim and Richard, and infant granddaughter Christine Miller.

Memorials can be directed to the United Methodist Church in Buffalo, MN. The family would like to thank the caregivers of Comfort Keepers and Allina Hospice, and give special thanks for the spiritual support from Pastor Amy Strong. A private burial will be held.

17 Guestbook Entries

  1. Beverly A. Johnson

    Gloriane will be missed. She was a dear friend and so very talented.

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  2. Rita Varner-Otness

    Gloriane’s family,
    What a wonderful lady we have lost. I remember her as always so positive and having a big smile, musically talented and a willing volunteer and contributor in our church.
    She will be missed by many but leaves a great legacy for family and friends. May memories of her give you peace, comfort and smiles.

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  3. Tammy (Bjorklund) Jacobs

    Gloriane had a positive impact on so many of our lives over the years. I was blessed to have known her most of my life! I pray for all of you girls and your families, as it is hard to lose Mom 💔

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  4. Kris Savaloja

    To the family of Gloriane, she was a wonderful coworker at Courage Kenny and was the heart and soul of the clinic when she worked there. I will remember her fondly and my condolences to all of her beloved family.

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  5. Kathy Savaloja

    Gayle. So sorry to hear about your mom. Hugs to you.

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  6. Beverly A. Johnson

    Gloriane has been a special friend to many, including me. She was so loving and accepting. She was part of our birthday/coffee group for over 50 years. We all knew of her musical talents and interests, but I never knew about her winning a national championship on her accordion.

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  7. Jan Heyerdahl

    To all of Gloriane’s daughters and their families I share my condolences.
    May your hearts be comforted by the love of the many who adored and respected your mom and her amazing talents.

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  8. Muriel Bahneman

    We will miss Gloriane and yes she certainly was a loving soul.
    Her personality was contagious. She always made us laugh with her quick
    Witt and smile. She will always be with us in our hearts.

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  9. Muriel Bahneman

    We will miss Gloriane and yes she certainly was a loving soul.
    Her personality was contagious. She always made us laugh with her quick witt
    and smile. She will always be with us in our hearts.

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  10. Carol Ingersoll

    I am so sorry for the loss of your very talented social butterfly. She sounds like an amazing person that everyone would like to call their friend. She positively impacted generations, and will be missed by those who knew her. May she fly free in heaven with the angels.

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  11. Carol Ingersoll

    I am sorry for the loss of your social butterfly. It sounds like she was a very talented person that everyone would like to have known. She positively impacted generations, and will be missed by those who had the pleasure to know her. May she fly free in heaven with the angels.

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  12. M.Dianne Mclain

    Rest in Peace, dear friend, Gloriane.

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  13. Susan Czanstkowski (San 🐄 scow ski) Hagen

    Dear Barb,
    You’ve been in my thoughts and prayers in this difficult time♡
    Your Friend,
    Susie

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  14. Jan (Meidinger) Pride

    Gayle,
    I’m sorry to hear about your mother.
    Prayers to all of your family.

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  15. Lori and Bruce Quady

    Barb and sisters and family , so sorry to hear of your moms passing . Our thought and prayers are with you.

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  16. Pam (Knop) Nemes

    To all the family of Gloriane, I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. What a special person who will be missed by everyone she encountered. Last time I saw her was in a small cafe in Annandale several yrs ago. She maintained her sweet smile & soft warm voice. I will cherish the earlier yrs. We shared. She will be missed. May you find comfort during this difficult time. My condolences to you all.

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  17. Anne West Ackmann

    Julie, Gayle, Barb, Paula and families.
    I am sorry for the loss of your beautiful mom. I remember Gloriane as a bright spirit and joyful person. She was always so kind and inquisitvie about family updates. May you find peace in the memories and may she soar with the angels.

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