January 10, 1934 – August 14, 2022
Preceded in death by husband, R. Daniel Brown. Survived by children: Julie Hartmann (Robert), Nancy Lowe (John), Robert Brown (Conni); grandchildren: Paul (Theresa), Jenna (James), Benjamin (Morgan), Maxwell, Kyle (Rebecca) and Edward; 5 grea-grandchildren; 1 sister; 3 brothers.
Veljean Lou Gilbertson was born on January 10, 1934 to Grace and Julius Gilbertson in Donnelly, Minnesota. The family lived on a 160 acre self-supporting farm. Veljean had five sisters and three brothers. She graduated from Morris High School and attended Moorhead State Teacher’s College, receiving her Associates of Arts Degree in Education. While student teaching in Fargo, North Dakota, the school principal (her future father-in-law), encouraged her to meet his son upon returning from the Navy. She married R. Daniel Brown on June 16, 1956. They settled in the Twin Cities and had two daughters and a son. In 1978, the family moved to Omaha, Nebraska. After a few years, Veljean decided to teach pre-school at their church and at age 50, she went back to school to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Education. She graduated from the University of Nebraska Omaha in 1987 and taught 2nd grade for over 17 years in the Omaha Public School district.
Veljean will be remembered by her family and friends for her generosity, strong work-ethic, leadership, contagious laughter, and her prize-winning apple pie. She was most proud of her family, her Norwegian heritage, and her flower garden. She was a faithful Christian and believed in everlasting life through Jesus Christ our Savior. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
VISITATION: Friday, August 26, 2022, 5:00-7:00PM. MEMORIAL SERVICE: Saturday, August 27, 2022, 10:00AM, Lutheran Church of the Master (East Campus) 2617 S. 114th St., Omaha, NE. INTERMENT: Evergreen Memorial Park. Memorials are suggested to Lutheran Church of the Master (East Campus) or P.E.O. Sisterhood Continuing Education Fund.