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Virginia "Gayle" Moeller

Moeller, Virginia "Gayle'

Celebrating the life of Virginia "Gayle" Moeller

Gayle was born June 15, 1941, to Bennie Lewis and Stella Jane Foster in Cincinnati, Ohio.

She had many fond memories of her Mom, Stella and brothers, David (living) and Michael (deceased) on Bantam Farm in Ohio. For example, the time she fell out of a willow tree and David ran into the house yelling "Mom! Mom! Gayle fell out of the tree and she's dead!" or when the dog killed a copperhead snake in the yard. Gayle spent her high school years in Gary, Indiana. After graduation she attended business school then moved to Chicago to begin work.

Gayle worked in Girl Friday positions and was valued for her creative skills. There she met her soul mate, Jimmie J. Moeller and was married April 8, 1967, in Gary, Indiana, by her grandfather Bedford Spear.

After moving to Sac City, Iowa, this amazing woman became a Justice of the Peace and foster care provider. She and Jimmie had a great desire for children and adopted siblings Diana, Kimberly, and Pamela (they were cheaper as a package deal - or so they thought). Son William Andrew came along a few years later to complete the family. During those years, Gayle also ran a day care center.

She moved to Nebraska for a year then came to West Bend, Wisconsin. Gayle worked in the Washington County Child Support Agency, rising to director of the agency and becoming among the three most efficient agencies in Wisconsin. She was proud of the incentive money the agency contributed into county budgets over five years. Politics was not her game, thus ending her work outside the home. She volunteered many years in her church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) helping to open one of the first Ward Genealogical Centers. She has helped many for over forty years find and record their ancestry managing the Oshkosh Genealogy Library and teaching patrons of the library and church members.

After having surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, she fell injuring herself taking three months in the hospital to recover and returned home. Her health slipped to where she was wheelchair bound with severe breathing problems all the while presenting a kind cheerful personality to all. April 8, 2013 was her 46th wedding anniversary (they said it would never last). On April 27, Gayle suffered a massive stoke to the left side of the brain and passed into the spirit world April 29 at 12:20 AM to be welcomed home by those waiting for her.

Gayle is survived by her, Mother Stella J. Miller, brother, David Foster, husband, Jimmie, daughters, Diana Williams, Kimberly Burlingame, Pamela Garner, son, William Andrew Moeller, 18 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Michael.

Visitation will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 2828 Scenic Drive Oshkosh on Saturday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The Memorial Service will begin at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon.

Gayle will be interred at Oakland Cemetery in Sac City, Iowa.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the church Welfare Fund.


Published in Oshkosh Northwestern on May 2, 2013
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