MADISON-Audrey J. Hoel, age 84, passed away on Monday, July 30, 2012.

She was born on June 10, 1928, in Edgerton, the daughter of Alfred and Selma (Goff) Spilde. Raised on a family farm in rural Deerfield, Audrey attended a one-room country school with her future husband, little did she know. She learned how to sign as a young child from her maternal grandparents, who were both deaf.

Audrey’s family moved to Madison when she was a teenager, where she attended East High School and graduated in 1946. Later that year, she was spotted across the dance floor at Edwards Park by a young Eldon Hoel, who was impressed by her dancing and remembered her from that one-room country school; he would be her dance partner for the rest of her life. They married on Oct. 11, 1947, at Trinity Lutheran Church where Audrey had been confirmed several years earlier.

Audrey and Eldon enjoyed 64 years of married life, raising a beautiful family and reveling in many shared interests. They traveled extensively for reunions, conventions, visits to friends and family, and cruises; a highlight of their travels included a trip to Norway to visit family and their cultural homeland. Audrey and Eldon both embraced their Norwegian heritage with yearly Syttende Mai celebrations, church events, and family traditions. They danced weekly throughout Audrey’s life, spending many evenings with friends at the East Side Business Men’s Association. Audrey and Eldon spent much time with friends – dancing, playing cards, traveling, and visiting. Gunderson_Funeral

Audrey was a longtime, faithful member of Trinity Lutheran Church. At Trinity, Audrey participated in women’s groups and altar guild, served as the Historic Librarian, coordinated the church display showcases, and organized many Syttende Mai breakfasts. She was blessed to have wonderful neighbors throughout her life; many of them became her closest friends. She loved her neighborhood, especially the schoolchildren who walked by to greet her each day. While her employment included working at Slichter Hall and as a community sign language interpreter; her life’s work was being a mother, grandmother, and homemaker.

Audrey was totally devoted to her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved attending concerts, games, plays, and other special events in her grandchildren’s lives; impromptu visits from “the grandkids” were frequent highlights of Audrey’s days.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Eldon; sons, David (Karen) Hoel and Paul (Kay) Hoel; daughters, Linda (Jeff) Jones and Vickie Neu; grandchildren, Nikolas, Jonathan, Christian Hoel, Christopher Hoel, and Lindsey (Nick Neds) Hoel-Neds, Angela, Emily and Griffin Jones; great-grandchildren, Ellie and Nora Hoel, Claudia, Wyatt, Wesley, and Grace Bancroft; sister-in-law, Lorraine Hoel; and nephew, Dr. Mark (Sandy) Hoel. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother-in-law, Joseph Hoel.

Funeral services will be held at TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1904 Winnebago Street, Madison, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, with the Rev. Susan Schneider presiding. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, and also at the church from Noon until the time of service on Saturday. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice. Audrey always had a hug and a cookie for anyone who walked in her door. She was a women who was filled with love and gave it freely to all those around her. She was truly an angel on earth who is now an angel in heaven.

Memorials:
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or a charity of your choice.

Visitation:
Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, and also at the church from Noon until the time of service on Saturday.

Service:
Funeral services will be held at TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1904 Winnebago Street, Madison, at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2012, with the Rev. Susan Schneider presiding.
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