Audrey E. (nee Kamrath, Chilstrom, Wells) Hillbrand, , 81-year-old resident of Isle formerly of Minneapolis passed away peacefully and went to be with Jesus Christ on Jan. 13, 2014, at her home.
A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 18, at Faith Lutheran Church in Isle with Rev. Paul Brown officiating.
Music was provided by Todd Teachout, Carolyn Nutt, Murrin Jorgensen, Mary Ann Hernly and Gordy Stalker.
Honorary casketbearers were Travis Teachout, Nick Teachout, Roy Harrer, A. Jay Harrer, Matthew Jorgensen, Ryan Jorgensen, Russell Erle Jr., Brandon Erle, Joey Gall, and Jeremy Gall.
Burial will be at Faith Lutheran Cemetery at a later date. Arrangements were by Mille Lacs Lake Funeral Home.
Audrey is survived by her husband, Lowell; daughters Delores Bakeburg, Sharee Teachout, Murrin (Rick) Jorgensen, Denise Harrer, Janet (Darren) Klarer, Lisa Erle and Anita (Brad) Gall; son Keith Chilstrom; grandchildren Jerry, Julie, Kimberly, Roy, Myia, A. Jay, Matthew, Ryan, Travis, Russell Jr., Brandon, Joey, Jeremy, Eliza, Emily, Nicholas; great-grandchildren Deanna Mae, James, Cassandra, Beverly, Melissa, Ryan, Veronica, Ellie Mae, Shalina, Diane, Tyler, Tehya, Kaelee, Emma, Cole and Great-great-grandchild Hunter..
She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Fred and Agnes Meyers; brother Wilfred Kamrath; and her first husband Duane Chilstrom.
Audrey was born Dec. 16, 1932. She married Duane H. Chilstrom in 1953. She worked for the Minneapolis Public School System for 25 years and she was a loving caretaker for her father-in-law for many years. Audry was a devoted Sunday School teacher and superintendent of the Sunday School program of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Minneapolis.
Audrey married Lowell Hillbrand in 1971 at St. Petri Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. The couple had a love for country music and traveled the country as the Lowell and Audrey Hill Show, making beautiful music together for many years.
The Hillbands returned to Isle in 2000. Audrey and Lowell became realtors and opened the Hillbrand Realty where together they sold many homes around the Isle area. Lowell also formed a band known as County Fever. You could find Audrey and Lowell sharing their love of music with folks around the area at different venues for many years.
She enjoyed music, a nice fire, boating, fishing and family time. Audrey will be greatly missed by her loving family and her dear friends in Isle and Minneapolis.