Annelise Guberman

Annelise Guberman

July 07, 1930 - October 01, 2011

Annelise Guberman

July 07, 1930 - October 01, 2011


Ann Guberman (Olson, Gebken) was born July 7, 1930 Rock Island, Illinois. Her parents were Freidrich ‘Fred’ Wilhelm and Mary Ann (Leininger) Gebken. She was baptized at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Lotts Creek, Iowa November 14, 1930 and confirmed at Saint Johns Lutheran Church, Burt, Iowa. She is survived by sons Larry, Kermit, Scott and Jim Olson, as well as Sisters Betty Allen, Marie Boster and brothers DuWayne & Richard Gebken and 7 grandchildren. Joining Ann in heaven is her daughter Robyn Sue Bogle (Bales, Olson), brother Paul Gebken and her lifetime partner and husband Jerald Guberman.

The family moved from Rock Island to Whittemore, Iowa, then to farms in Jackson, Minnesota and Wesley, Iowa. Finally they moved from Wesley to Burt, Iowa in 1945. She graduated from Burt High School in 1949. During high school she worked for Vogels Grocery Store in Burt. She married Lorimer ‘Barney’ Olson, the music teacher at Burt High School, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa in 1950. They moved from Burt to Spirit Lake, Iowa where she worked for Berkeley Industry making fishing tackle. From Spirit Lake they briefly moved to Sioux City and then to Algona, Iowa where she worked for Honsbruch Pharmacy. The family moved from Algona to California in 1966. As the children went to school Ann and Lorimer were divorced in 1973. Ann worked many jobs making sure her children were fully supported. Finally she found an entry position in electronic assembly, worked hard earning several promotions to supervisor where she met Jerald Guberman in the 70’s. Finally on May, 26, 1994 after 19 years of courtship Ann and Jerry were married.

She was a very talented artist and worked with all media, but was especially good at oil painting. She studied under a Czech restoration painter who worked at the Louvre. She met one of her lifelong goals of painting an oil painting for each of her children and siblings to remember her by. Everyone cherished the paintings she did. Finally in 2001 she developed Alzheimer’s which robbed her of her talent but she painted and did crafts until 2008.
Ann passed away at 7:15 pm On October 1, 2011 peacefully in her sleep at the home of her son Scott. She was surrounded by family.

A simple informal “Tribute to Ann’s Life” will be held at her last home, 72 Tessera Ave Foothill Ranch, CA 92610. Our home will be open from 1 pm until 7 pm on October 22, 2011. Everyone who knew Ann is invited to stop by and reminisce about her life. We sincerely request that no flowers be sent and if you feel a donation is necessary please donate to ( or your favorite charity in her name.

Written by DuWayne Frederick Gebken, Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin and Scott Olson Foothill Ranch, CA 10/5/2011

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38 responses to Annelise Guberman

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  1. I remember the house in Spirit Lake well. If it wasn’t for Ann living in that house, I may not have graduated from college. In order to graduate, I needed 6 months of experience. And since Ann lived in Spirit Lake, I went out to the Iowa Conservation Commission offices and asked about a summer job. I was interviewed and hired because they needed someone with construction experience, which I had working for Cowan in Algona, Iowa with my dad. My job at Spirit Lake consisted of building outhouses, a garage, picking up dead fish on the beach, patching net and seine, and seining carp in area lakes. The job paid all of $1.25/ hr., which was the federal minimum wage at the time. I worked all summer, and despite having no expenses other than gas going back and forth to work, I still hadn’t saved up enough money to go back to school. A years worth of tuition, room and board cost about $1,000 then, but I had only saved up about half what I needed. So, I continued to work the fall quarter. I had no expenses, other than gas, and Ann even let me use the old white Pontiac and fed me besides. After 6 months of working, I had enough saved to go back to school the winter and spring quarter. I returned the next summer, the summer of 1963 I think, and worked for another 3 months. By this time, I had more than enough work experience. It was this work experience that got me through school and got me my first job with the Wisconsin DNR at Black River Falls. The person who hired me in Wisconsin was impressed that I knew how to patch seine and nets since that was not that common, and I, of course, learned that while working with the Iowa Conservation Commission at Spirit Lake. Thank you Ann for all you did to help me along the way.

  2. Scott Olson says:

    Hi Mom,

    Merry Christmas,

    We miss you and your joyous smile. We are thinking of you on this day. You are never forgotten and remain in our hearts, especially today.

    Love you,


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