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Of Buffalo, MN

September 23, 1948 – December 16, 2023

Mass of Christian Burial 

Private Family Only

St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church – Buffalo, MN


Fort Snelling National Cemetery – Minneapolis, MN

Robert James Gartner beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away on December 16, 2023 at the age of 75, surrounded by loved ones after a 15 year battle with cancer.

Bob Gartner was born on September 23, 1948 in Willmar, MN to his parents, Andy and Eleanor (Shamla) Gartner. He married the love of his life, Marilyn (Kubesh), on August 5, 1972.

After graduating from Alexandria Vocational School in 1968, he joined the US Navy Seabees stationed in Puerto Rico.  After he was discharged, he graduated from Minneapolis Business College.  In November 1974, Bob & Marilyn opened their first Hallmark Card & Gift Shop in Monticello.  In October 1975, they opened their second location in downtown Buffalo.  Two more stores followed, a location in Waite Park and a second store in Buffalo.  He was a Hallmark owner for 49 years.

Bob & Marilyn raised four children and enjoyed 51 years together.  Bob will be remembered as a husband, father and grandfather that deeply loved his family. This love extended to his own parents, brothers and sisters, cousins, nieces and nephews, and in-laws. He spent nearly all of his free time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, creating memories and making deep connections with each one.

Bob was also known as a man who possessed a great sense of humor and loved to have fun too. He enjoyed taking his family on trips where they often visited more family. From driving through the night to Florida/Disney World, to Washington D.C., to Colorado, to Wisconsin Dells, to Schlachtfest in Chicago.

Bob is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughter, Alisa (Joseph) Gardner of Austin, TX, son, Adam (Katherine) Gartner of Buffalo, MN, daughter, Mariel (Steven) Novacek of Buffalo, MN and son, Michael (Linda) Gartner of Houston, TX; grandchildren, Annastasia, Katherine, Amelia, Andrew, Gabriella, Beatrice, Sebastian, Rosalie and Dominic; mother, Eleanor Gartner; siblings, Steve (Carol) Gartner, Mary Breland, Greg (Pam) Gartner, Jane Gartner,  John (Marian) Gartner and Kathy (Richard) DeOlivera; many close cousins, nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Gartner; sister, Susan Gartner and brother-in-law, Del Breland.

The funeral will be a private ceremony with only immediate family members present.

Memorials may be made to St. Francis Xavier School in Buffalo, MN or Holy Spirit Academy in Monticello, MN in Bob’s honor.

13 Guestbook Entries

  1. Leo and Faye Riesterer

    Our deepest condolences to the Gartner family. So sorry to hear of your loss. We have lots of memories of Bob. We will cherish them. Prayers sent for all.

  2. Mary Jo

    Marilyn and family, my sincere sympathy to you all. Bob was a caring and kind man, he was a respectful boss!

  3. Jim & Del Rhode

    Del and I are in total disbelief with the passing of Bob. What a wonderful person and a smile that didn’t quite. So many great memories with our kids and swimming. We know that Bob’s passing leaves a huge hole in your family. Our prayers go out to your family as you progress this loss.
    Jim & Del Rhode

  4. Hank and Linda Van Erp

    Marilyn and the Gartner family, we are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We have many good memories working with Bob on all of his projects. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Stephen Edmonson

    Bob had a great affect on my life! his sweet spirit was an example for all of us! our loss is heaven’s gain! Bob…get that running club up and running in heaven..we’ll be there shortly!

  6. Doug and Nancy Schroeppel

    Our condolences to the Gartner family in the passing of Bob.

  7. Randy and Sandy Haegele

    Dearest Marilyn and Family:
    Our deepest sympathy to you on the passing of Bob. He was such an incredible man who had such high standards. He fought his cancer bravely and raised the bar on how to be strong when faced with adversity. We know he is in a better place and will be watching over his beloved family. He was the best husband, father and grandfather!! May you all experience the Peace of Christ as you grieve. May God’s angels wrap you in His love.

  8. The Muntiferings

    Our deepest sympathy. May he rest in peace. We will keep Bob and family in our prayers.

  9. The Muntiferings

    Our deepest sympathies. May he rest in peace. Prayers to the family.

  10. Sara 'O'Flanagan' Winter

    My deepest sympathies. I worked at Hallmark in Buffalo for Bob for a few years in high school and college and absolutely loved it, I still refer to it as my favorite job! Keeping the Gartner family in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Kathy & Bryan Berg

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. May he rest in peace.

  12. Andrea Krinke

    I am so sorry for the loss of this amazing man. My prayers are with your whole family.

  13. Kristie Flachmeyer

    Loved the Hallmark Card stores!! My mother Sharon and I would make a special drive to Buffalo to buy cards from Hallmark. As I child I remember the cute store downtown by Renaissance West-Ben Franklin. With Sympathy to the family Kristie Flachmeyer


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