Audrey Jean (Prenatt) Hengel, age 78, of Winona, died Thursday, December 11, 2008, at her home surrounded by her family
Audrey was born December 2, 1930, in Independence, WI, to Otis and Luvina (Winsand) Briggs. She married LeRoy Prenatt in 1951. They had a son and they later divorced. In 1971 she met and married Michael Hengel and gained four daughters.
Audrey worked as a hairstylist and manager at Spurgeon`s, Winona, MN, and Magic Mirror, LaCrosse, WI. She also was employed at Picadilly Gallery, Winona. She was a member of the Red Hat Ladies, an avid bridge player and an accomplished seamstress. She made several wedding dresses and quilts for all of her children and grandchildren. Audrey loved football and was a Vikings fan to the end.
She is survived by her husband of 37 years, Michael; five children: Jeffrey Lee (Pamela) Prenatt, Winona, Holly Palbicki, Winona, Jill (Dale) Lindman, Shoreview, MN, Tracy Hengel, St. Paul, MN, and Wendy (Randy) Winegar, Apple Valley, MN, five grandchildren: Jennifer Lee Prenatt, Megan (Jake) Seltz, Casey Palbicki, Michael Anderson and Abigail Anderson; one great-granddaughter, Norelle Seltz, a brother, James (Millie) Briggs, Caledonia, MN, and nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Sandra Wyman, and brother, Vilas Briggs.
Services to remember Audrey will be 6:00 PM Wednesday, December 17, 2008, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona with Pastor Thomas Schoen officiating. A spring interment will take place at Holy Trinity Cemetery, Rollingstone, MN.
Visitation will be 2:00 to 6:00 PM, Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the service.
A special thank you to the Winona Area Hospice for their loving care of Audrey.
Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Winona, MN. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com.