In Loving Memory: Louise Gardels, founder of TFM.

Louise Osborn Gardels

June 22, 1923 --February 12, 2016

Louise Virginia Osborn Gardels of Loveland, Colorado, peacefully passed away February 12th with her daughter, Kathy, by her side.  She had been a resident of North Shore Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Loveland, Colorado, on June 22, 1923 to Milo Kenneth Osborn and Leila [Hook] Osborn, Louise Virginia Osborn grew up in the historic Osborn home built in 1916 by her father at 2306 East First Street known as Timberlane Farm. Louise had one younger brother, John Frazer Osborn who passed away in 1970.

Louise graduated from Loveland High School in 1941.  She went on to Colorado Agricultural College (now Colorado State University) and studied Chemistry.  While attending Aggies, Louise was selected as one of six hundred women throughout the United States to participate in an accelerated program for aeronautical engineers.  Her education continued at the University of Minnesota where she earned her degree in aeronautical engineering.  Upon graduation, Louise began working for Curtiss-Wright Corporation in Ohio. 

On June 2, 1944, Louise married Marvin Cleve Gardels, whom she had met at Loveland High School. Afterward, she taught Engineering and Mathematics at the University of Nebraska and Oklahoma State University.  It was during that time Louise and Marvin began their family, Kathryn Louise born in 1949, and Kenneth David born in 1954. 

Beginning at a young age, Louise’s favorite pastime was music, mostly as a violinist.  By high school, she was performing solo recitals and playing in orchestras as well as teaching violin. All her life, Louise’s interest and talent provided her opportunities to play in many ensembles and symphonies in several cities as her family moved around the United States.  During Louise’s times on school campuses, classmates and colleagues alike often assumed she was a music major because of her active involvement with music.  Louise also played piano and sang in many choirs and choruses. 

Not only did Louise and Marvin move several times, they also traveled extensively in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Great Britain, Europe, Russia, Australia, China and more.  While they were still at home, their children accompanied them and after Marvin passed away, Louise continued to travel with a friend.

After Marvin passed away in 2004, Louise moved from their home in Cincinnati back to Loveland.  She began a complete renovation of the Timberlane Farm so that it could become an historic farm museum for the Loveland area.  Striving to make the museum an authentic reproduction of the farm created by her ancestors in 1861, Louise spent all of her energy and funds to make her vision a reality.  In 2006, her dream became the Timberlane Farm Museum.

Survivors include daughter Kathryn Louise Jenkins Weal (Bruce) of Dracut, Massachusetts, grandchildren Christopher, Timothy and Jennifer Jenkins, great grandson, Alexander Thomas Gregoire, all of Massachusetts, and cousins Betty Huser of Oregon and Esther Bartholic of Denver. Her son, Kenneth David, predeceased her in 1999.

A memorial service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 533 Grant Avenue, Loveland, Colorado at 2:00, Wednesday, February 17th.  Louise will be interred next to Marvin in Loveland Lakeside Cemetery following the service. Those who wish to pay respects may visit with the family during the viewing at Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3:00 to 5:00.  In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Timberlane Farm Museum, 2306 East 1st Street, Loveland, Colorado 80537

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