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“Please accept my condolences. May your family draw comfort in knowing that those who pass on are precious in God's eyes. Ps.116:15May your hearts be...Read More »
1 of 29 | Posted by: Ann B

“Sorry to hear of the lose of Mrs.Gausman she was kind,loving and caring teacher. The community will miss her. ”
2 of 29 | Posted by: Kathie S Brunkow - Hoffman, MN

“Kate Phil & Paul We are sorry to here of your loss. I know your mother had a good full life,but I also know there is never a good time to lose your...Read More »
3 of 29 | Posted by: Dave & Carol Groff - Clara City, MO

“Phyllis welcomed me into the Morris community with such grace and vitality. I never spoke with her without coming away with several ideas to ponder...Read More »
4 of 29 | Posted by: Athena Kildegaard - Morris, MN

“To the Gausman Family, I was saddened to learn of Phyllis Gausman's passing. Mrs. Gausman had a profound impact on my life throughout high school....Read More »
5 of 29 | Posted by: David Hanrahan

“I know Phyllis from the Mn/China teacher exchange. She was fully committed to the exchange and loved her time teaching in China. She was a class lady...Read More »
6 of 29 | Posted by: Dale Rusch - Chanhassen, MN

“For nearly half a century, Phyllis was a gift to children of the prairie. Personally, there’s no doubt that without her guidance, prodding,...Read More »
7 of 29 | Posted by: Yvonne Meyer Johnson & Richard A. Johnson - MN

“Gausman Family, Sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She lived a good life and will be missed by many. Our Deepest Sympathy Howard and Mary...Read More »
8 of 29 | Posted by: Howard and Mary Nordin - Alberta, MN

“I was so lucky to have been anle to work with Phyllis at C-A. As a colleague, she was always a terrific ear and sounding board. She was feisty...Read More »
9 of 29 | Posted by: Susan Hauger - Morris, MN

“My deepest sympathies to the family of Phyllis Gausman ("Mrs. Gausman"). Phyllis was so intelligent, funny, talented, dedicated, warm-hearted, driven...Read More »
10 of 29 | Posted by: Dan Holslin (C-A '77) - San Diego, CA

“Kate, Phil and Paul, How do we say good bye to someone so dear. I will not forget spending the night with you and your mom, Kate the year of the...Read More »
11 of 29 | Posted by: Alta Carlson - Benson, MN

“I enjoyed working as a teacher with Phyllis at CA Schools. She was a great inspiration aand o good friend to me. Joseph Axtmann My wife and I...Read More »
12 of 29 | Posted by: Joseph Axtmann - Morris, MN

“Phil, Joyce, Paul & Marni~ I am sorry to hear of Phyllis' passing. I will miss her visits to the store for the charity bags..she was always fun to...Read More »
13 of 29 | Posted by: Teresa Syverson

“Dear Family of Phyllis - I was sorry to hear that Phyllis had died. She was one of my comrades during our speech coaching days. Such an...Read More »
14 of 29 | Posted by: John Zdrazil

“Kate, Phillip, Paul; My most sincere condolances to you and all your family members. Chuck Pederson ”
15 of 29 | Posted by: Chuck Pederson - Monticello, MN

“Phyllis was a great lady, the heart and soul of Learning Unlimited and my dear friend. She will live on in so many ways even as I'll miss her guiding...Read More »
16 of 29 | Posted by: Elaine Simonds-Jaradat - Morris

“As my high school teacher, Mrs. G was very special to me. She recognized the potential in a shy farm girl and encouraged me to expand my horizons....Read More »
17 of 29 | Posted by: Diane Stroman Macht - Raymond, MN

“You have my deepest sympathy. It's never easy to say goodbye and let go. Bev ”
18 of 29 | Posted by: Bev Leuthardt - Chokio, MN

“Phil and Joyce, Phylis was a wonderful english teacher. She was the teacher we would hang out with at noon in the classroom where she would let us...Read More »
19 of 29 | Posted by: Lori schmidt - Chokio, MN

“Mrs Phyllis Gausman has affected my life so profoundly. If I had not had her guidance, I would not be the person I am today .She was educated and...Read More »
20 of 29 | Posted by: Jennifer (Garoutte) Riley - MN

“OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY, WE HAVE KNOWN YOUR MOTHER FOR A VERY LONG TIME. ”
21 of 29 | Posted by: BILL&DIANN STORCK

“Our deepest sympathy to family and friends. Hang on to your many wonderful memories of Phyllis - she was a very knowledgeable lady and had many...Read More »
22 of 29 | Posted by: Dee Daly

“Cate, Phillip, and Paul - I am truly saddened by Phyllis’s death. Phyllis was a friend and an amazing person. Her passing will leave a void in...Read More »
23 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Zeiher - Fairview, OR

“sorry to hear about your mother passing she will truly be missed I loved her as a teacher would meet her on the street and she always asked about our...Read More »
24 of 29 | Posted by: francisjunestraight - morris, MN

“Phil & Joyce--my prayers are with you and your family at this sad time. Treasure the memories. ”
25 of 29 | Posted by: Mary Ann Mayhew - Morris, MN

“With deepest sympathy, Ardath Luikens ”
26 of 29 | Posted by: ardath luikens - Chokio, MN

“Phil & family... Our deepest sympathy on the passing of your mother. May you find comfort in knowing the Awesome place where she now resides. She is...Read More »
27 of 29 | Posted by: Donna Eul - Chokio, MN

“My deepest sympathy to you in the passing of your mother and grandmother. I especially enjoyed the sparkle in Phyllis' eye when she would talk of...Read More »
28 of 29 | Posted by: Joyce Holleman - Riverside, CA

“Dear Phil, Paul & Cate, There will come a day when your tears of sorrow will softly flow into tears of remembrance... and your heart will...Read More »
29 of 29 | Posted by: Lloyd & Jan - Alberta, MN


Funeral services for Phyllis Gausman of Alberta, Minnesota will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 10:30 AM at Assumption Catholic Church in Morris. Father Tim Baltes will be officiating. Visitation will be held Monday from 3:00 to 8:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:30 at the Pedersen Funeral Home in Morris, and again for one hour prior to services at the church on Tuesday. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Morris. Phyllis Elizabeth Bayerle, daughter of Raymond and Mary (Kuharski) Bayerle, was born June 13, 1920 in Saint Cloud, Minnesota. Phyllis's father, being employed as a captain on the Great Lakes, embarked the family on a semi transient life to the Great Lakes cities of Detroit, Michigan, Milwaukee, and Muskegon, Wisconsin and later to Minneapolis, Minnesota. In these cities Phyllis grew up and received her elementary and high school education. Furthering her studies, Phyllis received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1941 at the College of St. Catherine's in St. Paul, followed by her Master's Degree from St. Mary's College in Winona, Minnesota in 1980. Upon graduation in 1941, Phyllis embarked on her professional journey, moving to teach first at Alberta, Minnesota. In 1990 she retired after having taught English, Speech and Drama at Alberta, Glenwood, Chokio and Chokio-Alberta High Schools in Minnesota. At the University of Minnesota, Morris, Phyllis taught Methods in Teaching English. Phyllis taught internationally as well spending three years in China teaching English at the Hangzhou Language School. Additional professional accomplishments include being a published writer of poetry, journal writings and short stories. Beyond teaching and writing Phyllis contributed significantly to a great variety of educational organizations. Within the Minnesota chapter of the American Association of University Women she served as Arts Chairman from 1956 to 1960, State President 1960 to 1962 and served on the State Board 1962 to 1964. In 1962, she also served as a lobbyist for the University of Minnesota, Morris. Phyllis served on the National and Minnesota Council of Teachers of English and the Speech Association of Minnesota. She was co-founder of the Lake Region Arts Council. Phyllis served as program director for the Learning Unlimited Program until just prior to her death. Phyllis relished involvement in the community, having served on a variety of community boards and organizations. She was a member of the American Red Cross, served on the Alberta School Board and was among the founders of the Alberta Area Improvement Corporation, further serving that organization as treasurer. In fulfillment of her desire to help Native Americans, for over twenty years she transported clothing from Morris to the Sisseton–Wahpeton Oyate branch of Souix in Sisseton. After retirement Phyllis continued to reside near Alberta at her Century Awarded Farm. To her family, she was the Heart of the Farm. Phyllis was a member of Assumption Catholic Church in Morris for all the years she resided in the community. Phyllis loved spending time with her dogs, Bailey and Gretl and feeding and watching the birds on the farm. She especially loved spending time with her family, traveling across the United States and abroad with them. Phyllis died on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at her farm near Alberta, Minnesota surrounded by family, having lived a full life reaching the age of 90 years. She is survived by: one daughter: Kate Gausmann of Las Vegas, NV; two sons: Phillip (Joyce) Gausman of Alberta and Paul (Marni) Gausmann of Mays Lick, KY; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister: Mary (Rueben) Silver of Wilmington, NC. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother: Conrad Bayerle, and daughter-in-law Mona Gausman.

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Pedersen and Starbuck Funeral Homes
101 South Atlantic Avenue Morris, MN 56267
Tel. (320) 589-3220

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