Alberta J. Gobin

A celebration of the life of Alberta J. Gobin will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 7, at True Life Lutheran Church, 2204 22 St, NW, Rochester, with Pastor Mark Nienow and Pastor Lyle Aadahl officiating. Fellowship will follow.

Mrs. Gobin, 84, of Rochester, died peacefully Sunday, February 28, 2021, at Cottagewood Senior Communities, with Heartland Hospice in attendance.

Alberta Berning was born July 31, 1936 near Harmony, Minnesota, where she lived her entire childhood. Alberta married Duane H. Gobin on May 25, 1956 in Granger, Minnesota.

Alberta is survived by her devoted husband, Duane; and by their children, Lynn (Cathy) Gobin of Rochester, and Larry (Becky) Gobin of Minocqua, Wisconsin; her grandchildren, Jeff and Mike Gobin, Amber and Nick Gobin, and Beth Matheson; eleven great grandchildren; and her sister Carol Sjarpe of Harmony. Alberta is preceded in death by her parents, Howard and Helen Berning of Harmony, and an infant sister.

Alberta was a member of True Life Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the OWLS (Older Wiser Lutheran Seniors). She graduated Harmony High School in 1954 with honors. She graduated Rochester Community and Technical College in 1999 with a degree in fashion merchandising and design and was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She worked as a secretary and in retail sales, most recently with Carriage Shoes and Target.

Alberta enjoyed decorating and redecorating her home; cooking and baking; spending time with her grandchildren and her beloved cat, Beau; socializing with friends, neighbors, and relatives; attending performances at the Rochester Civic Theatre; and listening to all kinds of music, reading, shopping, and gift giving. Alberta had a sharp sense of humor.

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3 thoughts on “Alberta J. Gobin

  1. Alberta, you were such an important person in my life when I was growing up. You and Duane were our neighbors and you were always there when I needed you. I remember coming over after school and watching the Oprah show with you and your contagious laugh. Thank you for everything. You will be dearly missed and know you made a huge difference in my life.

  2. I remember shopping with Alberta at the House of the Crafty Mouse. She was always such fun to be with. Rest In Peace.

  3. Prayers for the family. I went to Country School with Alberta and Carol. Carol and I were good friends

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