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1936 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
LIBERTYVILLE - Gail Rosene Estes, 77, of Kokomo, IN and formerly of Libertyville, passed away peacefully at her home on May 4, 2014. She was born the daughter of Henry and Marie (Elliott) Rosene on May 29, 1936 in Detroit, MI. She was married to Gerald A. Estes Jr. in 1956, and together for 28 years, they raised their three children. Gail was a High School Graduate of Cranbrook Academy Educational Community in Bloomfield Hills, MI. She studied for her B.A. in Elementary Education from Michigan State University, and later went on to receive her Master of Education from National Lewis University in Evanston, IL in 1976. Gail's life long focus has been on teaching both children and adults. She has lived by her high school motto, "Enter to learn, go forth to serve." Her career in teaching Elementary Education as well as Sunday school lessons, spanned nearly 45 years in the Chicago land area. Gail then moved to Kokomo, IN in 1991 to be closer to her only grandchild. When the right time came, Gail returned to her love of teaching and began her second career as a substitute teacher in both the Kokomo Center and Northwestern (Howard) school corporations. During this period of time, she was also very active in her community, her church, and numerous organizations and educational endeavors. Gail was always a helpful friend, and a stranger to no one in need. She shared her time and talents with others freely. Gail was very gifted, and there was not much she couldn't do. She played piano, worked as a lifeguard and swim instructor, spent hours in the kitchen, knitted, sewed and did many forms of needlework and had a green thumb as well. If you asked something of her, she would achieve it, even if it included furthering her education or widening her skills. Gail was an avid traveler, and along with her husband and children visited the 50 states, Canada, many national parks, and several Islands. She traveled abroad as well, several times, and did much of the research studies for her Master's Degree in England. Gail devoted a large part of her time and talents to Grace UMC, developing the Atrium and Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She was also a Certified Lay Servant of the UMC. Her church involvement included a passion to make disciples. In addition to Grace she also attended and had many sisters and brothers in Christ at West Middleton. She spent special time with her daughter and sisters, in P.E.O. chapter BW, not surprisingly, a philanthropic, educational organization for women. The love, devotion, and energy she poured into her life's passions will be greatly missed. She is survived by her children, Gerald Arden (Sharon) Estes III, Elizabeth "Lisa" Marie (Scott) Hemmeger, and Robert Henry (Mary) Estes; granddaughter, Heather Mae Hemmeger; and a half-sister, Judith Herman. She was preceded in death by her parents and former husband. A Memorial Service will be held to celebrate Gail's life at 4p.m. on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Grace United Methodist Church, 219 W. Mulberry Street Kokomo, IN 46901 with Pastor Mark Hill officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in Kingsville, Ontario, Canada. Friends may visit with the family from 2p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Grace UMW, the Prayer Shawl ministry, Knit One Pray Too at Grace, or the educational institute or community service of your choice. Messages of Condolence may be left at www.shirleyandstout.com.
Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald on May 8, 2014
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