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Audrey E. Brumberg

Audrey E. Brumberg

January 11, 2017

Audrey E. (Allram) Brumberg, age 90, of Altoona left this world to join her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on January 11, 2017.  Audrey passed away with her family by her side at the Mayo Clinic Health System Eau Claire after residing at The Classic at Hillcrest Greens in Altoona.

Audrey was born on July 30, 1926, in the town of Sheridan, Dunn County, the oldest of five children born to Edwin V. and Ida S. (Score) Allram.  Audrey was raised on a 160-acre farm homesteaded by her great grandparents John and Magdalana Allram on June 1, 1871.  The “Meadow Brook Farm” remains in the family and is owned by her brother Gary and his wife Connie (Omtvedt) Allram.

Audrey attended the Little Beaver one-room schoolhouse in the town of Sheridan and graduated from Prairie Farm High School in 1944.  She was baptized, confirmed, and married at Hay River Lutheran Church in the town of Hay River, Dunn County.

After high school Audrey moved to Eau Claire to attend Eau Claire Business College, renting rooms in a boarding house with other students near the downtown area.  Audrey then began work for Eau Claire Electric Cooperative through the Rural Electrification Administration.  In December 1946, Audrey was setup on a blind date by two fellow co-workers, brother and brother-in-law of Morris Brumberg, for a company Christmas party.

They fell in love and on December 13, 1947, Morris and Audrey were married at Hay River Lutheran Church.  After they were married, Morris and Audrey purchased a small lot in the town of Seymour, as housing was hard to find, and built a 24 x 24 three-room home with no running water, so water was brought home from work in milk cans.

Audrey was also employed at the Midelfort Clinic in downtown Eau Claire until the birth of her children.  In 1950, they purchased a lot “in the country” on Rudolph Rd., one block south of Highway 12 (Clairemont Ave.), to build a new home.  Morris worked for Golden Rule Oil Co. for 20 years out of their bulk plant on Galloway St. adjacent to the tire manufacturing plant in Eau Claire.

In 1967, Morris and Audrey purchased a bulk plant on Western Ave. and sold Sinclair petroleum products for Sinclair Refining Co.  Audrey served as secretary and bookkeeper for the business.  In 1969, Morris and Audrey formed Brumberg Oil Co., Inc.

In 1976, Morris and Audrey acquired a bulk plant on Pine Tree Lane in the city of Altoona and became a jobber for Standard Oil (later becoming Amoco Corporation) petroleum products.  Together they attended annual conventions, becoming friends with other jobbers who they socialized with and took annual fishing trips to Canada.

Audrey and Morris were proud charter members of Trinity Lutheran Church at 1314 E. Lexington Blvd. in the city of Eau Claire.  Audrey taught Sunday school and bible school, attended women’s groups and bible study, and served on wedding and funeral service committees.  Together they attended couple club meetings at the church and became good friends with Trinity families spending summers camping in northern Wisconsin.

In 1975, Morris and Audrey purchased a cottage on Island Lake in Rusk County and spent many summers enjoying the lake with family and friends, including hosting an annual golf outing for many years.  After retirement, they traveled to Florida, Texas, and Arizona, initially in a travel trailer and later a motor home.  Eventually they purchased a condominium on a golf course in McAllen, Texas, and later a home in Mesa, Arizona where they enjoyed entertaining friends and golfing.

Audrey was the center of her family and will be remembered for her wonderful cooking and baking, well-kept home, and great sense of dry humor.

Audrey is survived by her husband of 69 years Morris of Altoona; four children, Susan (companion Mike Smith) Schaefer, of Eau Claire, James (Kimary Peterson) Brumberg, of Brooklyn, WI, Loren (Susan) Brumberg, of Eau Claire, and Julie Brumberg, of Fall Creek; two grandchildren, Rebekah (Korey) Bobb, of Andover, MN, and Nathan (Joy) Schaefer, of Elk Mound; two step grandchildren, Kevin (Jessica) Lahner, of Waukesha, WI, and Brad (Shawna) Lahner, of Sun Prairie, WI; six great-grandchildren, Jacquelin, Sarah, and Jason Bobb; Taya, Trae, and Tori Schaefer; seven step great-grandchildren, Chase, Noah, Jax, and Britton Lahner; Aliyah Foster, Arajia McDowell and Kailani Avery.  Audrey is also survived by sister Barbara Karlen of Zionsville, IN, brother Gary (Connie) Allram, of Prairie Farm, WI, sister-in-law Verna Scholze, and brother-in-law Wallace Stokes.

Audrey was preceded in death by her father Edwin and mother Ida, infant sister Joan, and sister Betty Lee.

Audrey will be missed by her children and family and will be remembered for her caring and generous soul.  The family would like to express our sincere appreciation for the loving and compassionate care that was provided to our mother at The Classic at Hillcrest Greens assisted living facility in Altoona and Heritage Assisted Living in Eau Claire.  The family would like to thank Drs. Richard Alfuth, Glen Koepella, and Lisa Buenger, and especially Christa Dachel, Interim HealthCare of Eau Claire, and nurses at Mayo Clinic Health System.

Funeral service will take place at 11 am on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1314 E. Lexington Blvd., Eau Claire, WI 54701.  Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith will officiate.  Visitation will take place on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home from 4-7 pm and on Tuesday morning at the church from 10 am until the time of service.  Visitation will continue at the church in the Trinity Room immediately following the service during a luncheon.  Committal service will take place Tuesday afternoon in the Lakeview Cemetery in Eau Claire at 2 pm.

Memorials may be given in Audrey’s name to Trinity Lutheran Church. Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.fullerspeckienhulke.com.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


Visitation will take place on Monday, January 16, 2017 at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home from 4-7 pm and at the church Tuesday morning from 10 am until the time of service. Visitation will continue at the church in the Trinity Room immediately following the service while a luncheon is being served.


Funeral service will take place at 11 am on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith officiating.