Albert Gosen, 91, of Longville, Minnesota and Lake Havasu City, Arizona passed away unexpectedly Saturday, March 30, 2013 in Tucson, Arizona.
Al was born on September 14, 1921 to Jacob and Sara Gosen in Delft, Minnesota, one of seven brothers and five sisters. He graduated from Windom High School and joined the Navy where he served in the Pacific during World War II. After the service he attended Mankato Teacher's College where he played football. His first teaching position was in Janesville, Minnesota where he taught science and also coached football.
On July 22, 1949 he married R. Leona (Irish) Schluter. His first two daughters, Mary and Gail, were born while living in Janesville. In 1952 he moved his family to Stillwater, Minnesota where he taught science at Stillwater Junior High and continued to coach football. While teaching there his third daughter, Ruth, and son, Alan were born.
Al and Irish bought a house in Bayport in 1952. In 1968 he transferred to Oakland Jr. High where he taught Earth Science and Biology. He retired from his career teaching in 1982. It was during this time that Al and “Irish” started going south for part of the winter. In 1987 they sold their house in Bayport and bought a house in Longville on Mule Lake. From then on they spent winters in Lake Havasu City, Arizona and summers on Mule Lake. In August of 1994 his wife “Irish” of 45 years died after a long battle with cancer.
Celeste tells the story about how they met her third year at the Islander Resort in Lake Havasu City, Arizona in February 1995. Her friends in the rental unit next to her at the resort were from Canada. George thought Celeste should have a gentleman friend and when Norma Berry, their friend, came up the deck he made that comment to her. She immediately made a telephone call to Al after telling Celeste she had just the man for her while pointing her finger at her and telling her to put on lipstick and earrings. George was to bring her down at 4:00 PM to her space for cocktails.
In 1997 he asked her what it would take for her to move to Minnesota. She said 5 yards of black dirt for her flowers and an additional room for her belongings. Her next visit she saw the dirt and graph paper to draw the plans for the addition. In 1998 she sold her house and the relationship ended up in marriage by Deacon Patrick of Our Lady of Lake Catholic Church in Havasu. The rest is a life of complete peace and harmony for two people who enjoyed the same activities including family from both sides and friends of Longville, Omaha, and Havasu.
Al was Grandpa from day one to Celeste’s family and Dad to her sons. Her daughter, Beverly, enjoyed his humor and kindness. He will be greatly missed by the Micek family. Lately Mike and Diane were asked who they thought would meet the criteria of the most humble person they knew and both said Albert Gosen.
Al was a man of many talents. His hobbies included bowling, horseshoes, fishing with family and woodworking which he especially enjoyed later in life. As a child he could speak fluent German with his parents who had immigrated from Europe.
Al is survived by his wife Celeste Micek, children; Mary Gosen of Coon Rapids, MN, Gail (Dennis) Brunsell of Blaine, MN, Alan (Lorie) Gosen of Hinckley, MN, Ruth (Jeremy) Powers of Fridley, MN, eight grandchildren; Bill, Ruqayyah, Bethany, Sara (Chris), John, Cassie, Allie, Nora, eleven great grandchildren, and will be greatly missed by the Micek family. Al is also survived by his five sisters; Katherine Cramer, Darlene Forbrook, Sara Neil, Dorothy Redding, and Louise Sawatzky.
Al was preceded in death by his wife Irish and six brothers; Larry, Abe, Elmer, Jack, Richard and Ray.
A Memorial Service for Al will be held Friday, May 3, 2013 at 12:00 noon at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Longville with Father Mike Patullo officiating. There will be a gathering time for family and friends beginning at 11:00 am. Inurnment will follow the service at Ponto Lake Cemetery with Military Honors provided by the Longville VFW Post #772. Memorials are preferred to St. Edwards Catholic Church or the Longville VFW Post #772.