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Dorothy J. Gabel

      Dorothy J. Gabel, age 84, of Lancaster, died on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born May 17, 1924, in Paris Township, the daughter of Elmer and Ethel (Hamilton) Deiter.  She attended school in Paris Township.  On June 1, 1940, Dorothy was united in marriage to Donald L. Gabel in Dubuque.  After their marriage, the couple farmed in Southwest Wisconsin until 1950, when they purchased Gabel’s Salvage.  They operated Gabel’s Salvage until 1986.  Dorothy began driving school bus in 1966, retiring in 1986, when she moved to Cassville and began to care for families in their home.  Dorothy was an avid bowler, quilter, seamstress and enjoyed making crafts.  She was known for her dolls, rugs and quilts.  Dorothy also enjoyed canning and reading.  She had a big heart and was a mother to many, not just her own children.  Dorothy was fun-loving and shared that quality with everyone she met.  She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary, the Forty & Eight, Lion’s Club, DAR, and Christ Lutheran Church.

       Survivors include her eleven children:  Deanna Udelhofen, Lancaster; Judy (Fred) Hutchcroft Moon, Poplar Grove, IL; Patricia Gestner, Milton; Sandra (Gary) Reed, Lansing, MI; Mitchell (Cindy) Gabel, Montezuma, IA; James (Shirley) Gabel, Ft. Collins, CO; Rita (David) Olson Buchholz, Cuba City; Dolly (Denny) Templeton Halvorson, New Glarus; Leane Gabel, Ft. Collins, CO; Tami Gabel, New Glarus; Tim Gabel, Washington, DC; daughter-in-law, Sara Gabel, Lancaster, OH; 41 grandchildren; numerous step-grandchildren; 74 great-grandchildren; three great great-grandchildren; her brothers and sisters: Dolores Ready, Rockford, IL; Daryl (Jo) Deiter, Lafaria, TX; Donna (George) Fair, Rockford, IL; Robert (Rosemary) Deiter, Rantoul, IL; other relatives and many friends.

       In addition to her parents, Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, Donald, her son, Bob, and a granddaughter, Marillee Olson.

       Funeral services wer held on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at Christ Lutheran Church in Lancaster with Pastor David Froemming officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Friends called on Friday, May 8, 2009, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster and from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. 


Ralph R. Gagliano

     Private family services were held at Queen of Heaven's Mausoleum in Hillside IL, on Tuesday, May 19, 2009.


Betty M. Gardiner

Betty M. Gardiner, age 93, of Lancaster, died on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in rural Lancaster. She was born on August 21, 1919, in Baldwinsville, NY, the daughter of Mark and May (Seger) Peckham. Betty graduated from high school in 1937. Upon graduation, she was employed at an ammunition plant during World War II. In 1945, Betty was united in marriage to George Gardiner at Victor, NY. To this union, three children were born: Charles, Jeanie, and George, Jr. In 1955, the couple purchased a farm in Cattaraugus, NY, where they operated a dairy farm for sixteen years. During retirement, the couple enjoyed traveling. They were camp hosts at a National Forest campground in Florida. In 1993, Betty and George moved to Lancaster.

George preceded her in death on August 31, 2006. Betty loved critters of all kinds.

Survivors include her children: Charles (Mary) Gardiner, East Otto, NY; Jeanie (Clarence) Pagett, Cattaraugus, NY; George (Pam) Gardiner, Lancaster; nine grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Betty was preceded in death by her brother, Mark Peckham.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Schwartz Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family.


Monroe C. Gardner

Monroe C. Gardner, age 81, of Glen Haven passed away peacefully at his home, on Friday, February 6, 2015 after a courageous battle with cancer.

Monroe was born November 17, 1933 in North Andover WI, the son of Charles and Lena (Esser) Gardner.  On August 21, 1965 he married Wilma L. Berberich at the Prairie Du Chien United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army stateside.  Monroe was a member of the Abraham Hickok Wetmore American Legion Post No. 148 of Bloomington, and the VFW Post No. 7080 of Cassville. He was one of the original members of the Glen Haven Volunteer Fire Department, having served more than forty years.  Monroe enjoyed a good game of cards, was an avid Wisconsin Badger fan attending many football games with this wife Wilma, family members and friends. He especially loved time spent with family, attending his grandchildrens many activities events and many a day spent on the Mississippi River and the lakes of Hayward fishing with his sons. 

On July 12, 2008 Monroe married the second love of his life Dolores J. Blum at St Marys Catholic Church in Bloomington.  The two of them were never far apart and always away from home, enjoying time spent on the road and the many treasures that southwest Wisconsin has to offer.

Monroe is survived by his wife Dolores Gardner; two sons Brian (Lori) Gardner and their children, Brooke, Brianna, Dalton and great granddaughter Alivia Gardner;  Steven (Deb) Gardner and their children Andrew and Sarah; stepson Stephen (Lou Ann) Adrian and their children Adam (Angie) Adrian and their children Erin and Evelyn and Emily (Dan) Lilla and their children Nolan and Chole.  One sister Evelyn (Thomas) Krogman, two brothers Neil (Doris) Gardner; Charles (Rita) Gardner; sisters-in-law Anna Mae Lessard and Bev Berberich; and brothers-in-law, Harold (Shirley) Berberich and Jerry Heike.

In addition to his parents, Monroe was preceded in death by his first wife Wilma: sister-in-law Ruth Heike and brothers-in-law Royce Berberich and Kenneth Lessard; and a grandson, Greg Adrian.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. the Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington with Reverend Mary Ann Floerke officiating.  Burial with military honors was held in Dodge Cemetery, Beetown Township.  Family and friends called on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Monroe C. Gardner memorial fund has been established.


Grace M. Gelbach

     Grace M. Gelbach, age 98, of Lancaster, died on Monday, January 18, 2010, at Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster.  She was born on October 22, 1911, in Grant County, the daughter of William and Lavina (Wetmore) Garthwaite.  Grace graduated from Lancaster High School and furthered her education at Platteville Teacher’s College.  She taught country school in Little Grant Township.  On March 21, 1940, Grace was united in marriage to Earl Gelbach at the United Methodist Church in Lancaster.  After their marriage, the couple farmed in Liberty Township.  Grace was employed with the Register of Deeds for eleven years.  She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Lancaster and enjoyed reading, quilting, and baking cookies.

       Survivors include her children:  Rachel (James) Hall, Dubuque, IA; David Gelbach, Saline, MI; Beth (Darwin) Clifton, Potosi; seven grandchildren:  Ross (Shelly) Hall, Cleremont, FL; Heather (Duane) Kies, Kieler; Andrew Hall, Dyersville, IA; Rebecca (Tom) Draxler, Deerfield, WI; Alicia (Pat) Valentine, Oregon, WI; Benjamin (Jessie) Clifton, Lancaster; Jeffrey (Susan) Clifton, Lancaster; twelve great-grandchildren: Melissa Hall, Nathan, Hall, Rachel Hall, Adeline Kies, Harrison Kies, Mesfin Draxler, Nick Valentine, Megan Valentine, Heidi Reed, Maddie Clifton, Ella Grace Clifton, and Caleb Clifton; other relatives and many friends.

       In addition to her parents, Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Earl in 1964 and a sister, Belva Garthwaite.

       Funeral services were held on Friday, January 22, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lancaster Care Center Chapel with Rev. Mary Ann Floerke officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Friday, January 22, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the Lancaster Care Center Chapel.  Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family.  In lieu of plants and flowers, the family suggests memorials may be given to the Lancaster Rescue Squad or Grant County Hospice.


Joseph W. Gengler

Joseph W. Gengler, age 81, of Cassville, formerly of Bloomington, passed away on Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  He was born on June 29, 1932, in Glen Haven Township, the son of Edward and Ruth (Stark) Gengler.  On July 1, 1967, Joseph was united in marriage to Sarah Bradley in Bloomington.  She preceded him in death on December 27, 1991.  He farmed with his father in the rural Bloomington area for years.  Joseph also worked for a few years at Schurman’s Cheese Factory and then was employed with the Grant County Highway Department for twenty-three years until his retirement.  He had a great interest in antique cars and tractors.

Survivors include his children: Ann Little, Lancaster; Gregory (Teri) Gengler, Cassville; and Mark Gengler, Lancaster; his special friend, Rose Moore, Richland Center; three grandchildren:  Danielle and Bradley Little and Richard Bong; three sisters:  Arlene Rauch, Cassville; Mary Weist, Madison; Marilyn (Gerald) Harrington, Sheboygan; two brothers:  Norbert (Karole) Gengler and Robert (Vicki) Gengler, both of Lancaster; other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Joseph was preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Ann Bennett and a brother-in-law, Richard Rauch.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, August 30, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial was in Dodge Cemetery, Beetown Township.  Family and friends called on Thursday, August 29, 2013, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster.  Friends also called on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church.


Gerhardt "Gary" G. Gensmer

Gerhardt G. “Gary” Gensmer, age 87, of Lancaster, died on Thursday, December 9, 2010.  He was born on March 25, 1923, in Winona County, MN, the youngest and last survivor of eight children born to Anton and Emma (Keeter) Gensmer.  On October 18, 1946, Gary was united in marriage to Janet A. Evanson at Central Lutheran Church in Winona, MN.  He played the saxophone, clarinet and sang in a polka band, the Dutch Masters, for eighteen years.  Gary was also employed as a district manager for Wayne Feeds.  He enjoyed his hobby farm just west of Lancaster.  Gary was especially known for his raspberry production.  He loved fishing and golfing with his wife and best friend, Janet. 

Survivors include his three children, Robert (Susan) Gensmer, Janesville; Frederick (Jean) Gensmer, Janesville; and Karen (Robert) Bedward, Lancaster; seven grandchildren, Lisa Lechner; Maj. Laura (Harold) Poston; Shelly (Roger) Swenson; Phillip Gensmer; Brian (Jesse) Knapp; Derek (Heather Moore) Knapp; and Kristina (Dale Steffen) Knapp; fourteen great-grandchildren, Alex, Jacob, and Tyler Lechner; Carolyn and Katherine Poston; Hayden and Finley Knapp; Noah Wainwright and William Steffen; Tanner and Lily Knapp; Larry Moore; Jacob Gensmer and Haley Swenson; many nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Janet, a son-in-law, Douglas Knapp and his brothers and sisters.

Funeral services were held on Monday, December 13, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Lancaster with Pastor Shane Krause officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Monday, December 13, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Virginia M. Genthe

Virginia M. Genthe, age 82, of Platteville, died on Thursday, August 26, 2010, at Manor Care Nursing Home, Platteville.  She was born on March 27, 1928, in rural Platteville, the daughter of Clarence and Viola (Boyd) Davies.  Virginia graduated from Platteville High School.  She was united in marriage to Roger Genthe, who preceded her in death on June 1, 1983.  Virginia lived in rural Platteville most of her life and was employed at the Platteville Telephone Company, the Sears Store and Spurgeons.  She liked to walk, knit, and enjoyed making crafts.  Virginia was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Lutheran Church of Peace in Platteville.

She is survived by her son, Daniel Genthe, Madison, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, August 28, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of Peace in Platteville with Rev. Jeffrey Pederson officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Platteville.  Family and friends called on Saturday, August 28, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Schwartz Funeral Home in Platteville is assisting the family.


Donald C. Giesen

Donald “Don” C. Giesen, age 79, of Cassville, died on Monday, October 10, 2011, in the presence of family at UW Hospital in Madison. He was born on January 29, 1932, in Cassville Township, the son of Philip and Sarah (Rogers) Giesen. Don graduated from Cassville High School in 1949. He served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1953 to 1954. On May 19, 1953, Don was united in marriage with Darlene Christensen at the Lancaster Congregational Church. After their marriage the couple began their life-long careers in dairy farming and raising a large, close-knit family. They rented a farm in Liberty Township until 1958, when Don and Darlene moved to the Williams farm, again renting the dairy farm. In 1970, the couple purchased a dairy farm in Little Grant Township near Bloomington, where they farmed until 1984. They sold the farm in December 1984 and moved to the farm near Beetown where Darlene had been born and which they had purchased in 1978 from Darlene’s mother. In addition to farming, he was employed at Orchard Manor Nursing Home in maintenance, at Chaffie Hollow Repair, and at the Prairie du Chien Courier Press. Don was an amazing man with many interests and an intense love of and dedication to family. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to shoot prairie dogs in South Dakota and hunt deer. Don was an excellent shot and once took two deer with a single shot. He enjoyed cutting wood, fixing anything, tinkering in the shop and inventing. Don also enjoyed traveling with his wife, riding his motorcycle, shooting pool and telling jokes. He was a loyal Ford Mercury customer and treasured his John Deere tractors and equipment. He was a devoted husband, father, uncle, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother.

Survivors include his wife, Darlene of Cassville; their children: Pamela (Dennis F.) Clauer, Cassville; Donald A. (April) Giesen, Jr., Fennimore; Peggy (Dennis) Freymiller, Mustang, OK; Deborah M. Giesen, Naperville, IL; James R. (Marianne) Giesen, Cassville; sixteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; his brothers and sister: Thomas P. Giesen, Cassville; Robert C. (Gloria) Giesen, Lancaster; and Laura T. (Keith Adrian) Rauch, Platteville; and many, many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by his brothers, William and Arthur and sister, Eunice; sister-in-law Grace (Christensen) Giesen; two granddaughters, Stephanie Giesen and Tilah Page; and a son-in-law, Robert Havlik.

Funeral services with military honors were held on Friday, October 14, 2011, at 11:00 a.m. at Martin Funeral Home in Lancaster with Pastor Mike Christensen officiating. Burial will be at a later date. Family and friends called on Thursday, October 13, 2011, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Martin Funeral Home and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.


Grace E. Giesen

Grace Elaine (Christensen) Giesen, age75, of Cassville, passed away Friday, March 12, 2010 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

She was born April 19, 1934 in Beetown, the daughter of Neal and Cecelia (Wade) Christensen. Grace graduated from Lancaster High School in 1952. She married the love of her life, Thomas P. Giesen, on February 15, 1960. She and Tom farmed outside Cassville and between his, mine and ours she mothered eleven lucky children and various strays that her children brought home. She was a lifelong learner, a voracious reader and the person to call if you had questions about anything from history to bird watching. She enjoyed watching her hummingbirds in the summer and the birds at her feeder all winter. In 1948, at the age of 14, she was crowned Miss Beetown during it’s centennial celebration. (Back then Beetown was a big lead mining town.) After high school she spent several years living in Chicago where she married her first husband (Donald Manning) and had the first three of her six children. Grace made the long drive to Dodgeville to work at Lands’ End for many years. She had a generous heart and her children and grandchildren were gifted with Lands’ End items for all of those years.

Surviving Grace are her loving husband of 50 years, Thomas Giesen of Cassville; her children, Jerry (Christy) Manning of Dothan, Alabama (currently in Kirkuk, Iraq); Sherri Sherman of Dubuque, Iowa; Susan (Tom) McLimans of Lancaster, Daniel (Cheryl) Giesen of Stoughton; and David (Debra Bryhan) Giesen of Platteville; her step-children Judy Conley of Bloomington; Sarah Dressler of Lancaster; Tom Giesen of Beetown; Tim Giesen of Ladysmith, WI; and Jackie (Denny) Ellingson of Cassville; her sisters, Darlene (Don) Giesen, Bea (Wayne) Martin, and Joy Ann Christensen and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jeremy Manning, Barry and Heather Sherman, Josh and Renee McLimans, Jacob and Mallory Giesen and Tyler and Levi Giesen.

Grace was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Jerry Lee Christensen, Marlin Christensen, Neal Christensen Jr., Dean Hamlin; and her son, Terry Manning.

Friends called Monday evening, March 15, 2010, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Schwartz Funeral Home in Lancaster. There will be a private burial at a later date at the Cassville Cemetery.


A. Frances Gifford

A. Frances Gifford, age 91, of Bagley, passed away Monday, July 15, 2013, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home. She was born August 28, 1920, the daughter of Richard and Sophia (Krejci) Freilinger.  In 1938, Frances graduated from Portage High School.  She met R. Keith Gifford at Longs Barn in Kaneville, IL, and they were united in marriage on October 18, 1941, at Our Lady of Good Council in Aurora, IL.  After their marriage the couple farmed in Plano, IL.  In 1976, they moved to Bagley and farmed.  Frances was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, the Royal Neighbors, and the American Legion Auxiliary.  She loved flowers, gardening, bird watching, fishing and hiking. 

Survivors include her children:  Pat (Mike) Casey; KarLen (Lenny) Heisz; Howard Gifford; thirteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great grandson; two sisters:  Edna Thorp and Joan Zeier.

In addition to her parents, Frances was preceded in death by her husband in 1989; a son, John Gifford; a grandson, Brett Hafke and a brother, Peter Freilinger.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father John Meinholz officiating.  Burial was in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Bloomington.  Family and friends called on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Bloomington is serving the family.


Cricket Rebecca Gifford

Cricket Rebecca Gifford, infant daughter of Sarah Gifford was born on October 5, 2010 at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital in LaCrosse and passed away on October 7, 2010.

She is survived by her mother, Sarah; her grandmother, Linda Gifford; Aunt Lora & Aunt Allyson; and cousin Lillian all of Prairie du Chien.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather, John.

Graveside services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, October 11, 2010 at Hazelton-Flint Cemetery, Wyalusing Township.  Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington is serving the family.


John K. Gifford

John Keith Gifford, 54, Bagley, WI, died unexpectedly from an accident at his home Saturday, January 2, 2010. John was born November 14, 1955, in Aurora, IL, and was raised on the family farm near Plano, IL. He followed his sisters and brother through Plano grade school and high school, graduating in 1973.. As the fine farm land was being swallowed up by suburban development, his dad decided time for a fresh start – cattle ranching in Southwest Wisconsin. Gradually each child migrated north to rejoin the Gifford Clan. John met his future wife, Linda, in Plano and they married in 1980 in Yorkville, IL. The couple then moved onto the ranch near Bagley where John has lived and worked ever since. They added three daughters to the clan, raising them on the family ranch. In 1993, John’s in-laws also joined the family when the suburban sprawl engulfed their home, and they made the move to Wisconsin to join their family.

     John’s favorite pastimes were enjoying the ranch and the outdoors, enduring shopping trips with his wife, and shooting pool with his buddies on the Luck of the Irish pool team.

       Survivors include John’s wife, Linda, their three daughters, Loralei, Sarah Anne and Allyson, and his treasured granddaughter, Lillian. He is further survived by his mother, Frances Gifford of Bagley, WI, two sisters, Patricia (Mike) Casey of Bloomington, WI, Karlen (Lenny) Heisz of Wisconsin Dells, WI, one brother, Howard of Richland Center, WI, and many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, his in-laws, Bill and Carol Batson of Bridgeport, WI, and many, many good friends.

       John was predeceased by his father, Keith, Christmas 1989.

     Our consolation is they are chuckling together in heaven!

     Funeral services were held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 8, 2010 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bloomington with Father Bart Timmerman officiating.  Burial was held in Hazelton-Flint Cemetery, Wyalusing Township.  Family and friends were welcome from 3:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 7 at Martin Funeral Home in Bloomington and from 9:00 a.m. until time of services Friday at the church. 


 

Hazel Gillen

Hazel Gillen, age 93, of Potosi, passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014, at Orchard Manor Nursing Home, rural Lancaster.  She was born on September 6, 1920, in Harrison Township, the daughter of Clarence and Fannie (Israel) Eastlick.  Hazel was united in marriage to Raymond Gillen on October 18, 1943, at the Lancaster Congregational Parsonage.  She was employed at Rapid Die in Cassville.  Hazel was a member of the Davies Memorial United Church of Christ, the Ruth Circle and the Ladies Aid Society. 

Survivors include her two sons: Ronald (Kathy) Gillen; Steven (Rhonda) Gillen; 11 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and 6 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Hazel was preceded in death by her husband, her son, James, a daughter-in-law, Tok Im, four brothers, Purly, Cecil, Glenn, and Guerdon Eastlick, three sisters, Blanche Reese, Inez Bell and her twin sister, Helen Loughton.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at Orchard Manor Nursing Home Chapel with Reverend Pamela Strakeljahn officiating.  Burial was in Van Buren Cemetery, Potosi.  Family and friends called on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services at the chapel.  Martin Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


Rosa J. Gillilan

Rosa J. Gillilan, age 86, of Lancaster, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2014, at Grant Regional Health Center surrounded by her family.  She was born on November 9, 1927, in Little Grant Township, the daughter of Wesley and Marie (Wilkinson) Welsh.  Rosa attended Milner Country Grade School and graduated in 1945 from Lancaster High School.  She married John Drew in 1946 and together they had two children, Jackie and John.  He preceded her in death in 1950.  Rosa later married Everett “Tod” Gillilan on October 9, 1954.  She was employed at Production Credit Association and later with the State of Wisconsin Unemployment Office, retiring in 1980 after twenty-seven years of service.  Rosa was a member of the VFW Auxiliary and the Order of the Eastern Star.  She was a devoted member of the Lancaster United Methodist Church, where she served on several committees, including the Laurinda Circle and Wednesday Morning Prayer Group.  Rosa was an avid Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packer fan.  She especially enjoyed socializing with her friends, whether it be playing Bridge, a good game of Euchre, or having a martini with a twist.  Tod and Rosa enjoyed many trips over the years and spending their winters in the warmth of Florida.  She loved following her grandchildren’s activities and spending time with her family. 

Surviving is her loving husband of almost sixty years, Tod; their children:  Jackie (Gene) McLinn; John (Diane) Drew; grandchildren:  Lisa (Earl) Tranel; Lori (Bob) Smits; Chris Drew; Carrie (Robert) Davies; great-grandchildren:  Stephanie and Nathan Tranel, Ben, Jack, and Kate Smits, Bo, Dreona, and Miah Drew, Ethan and Joshua Davies; other relatives and many friends.

Rosa was preceded in death by her parents and her first husband, John.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church in Lancaster with Reverend Barbara Cook officiating.  Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Lancaster.  Family and friends called on Monday, May 26, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Lancaster United Methodist Church and on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Rosa J. Gillilan Memorial Fund has been established.  Schwartz Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Lancaster is assisting the family.


 

 

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