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400 S 10th St. - Escanaba, Michigan 49829
West 3755 US 2 - Spalding, Michigan 49886
Gayle A. Gill
Date of Death: April, 16 2023

        Gayle Gill, a life-long resident of Escanaba, Michigan, passed away April 16, 2023, at St. Anne Home and Retirement Community in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was 87 years old. Gayle Ann Ramseth was born December 2, 1935, at St. Francis Hospital, Escanaba.  She resided in Rock, Michigan her entire childhood and youth, with parents, Paul Ramseth and Olga Ramseth (nee Larson), an older sister and two younger brothers. 
          She attended first grade through senior year at the town’s only school, located across the street from her family home. As a young girl, Gayle often accompanied her mother to Larson Bros. general store in Rock.  She also looked forward to spending time at her father’s business in Negaunee, Ramseth Furniture.  In high school, Gayle played half-court basketball and was a senior class officer. She graduated with RHS Class of 1953.  Upon graduation, Gayle left home to attend Badger Business School in Green Bay.  After obtaining her secretarial certificate, Gayle and long-time friend, Joanne Tardiff of Gladstone, secured work in Chicago, and shared a garden apartment in the big city. 
          In 1958, Gayle returned to Rock for a short visit, and to cheer on her youngest brother Curtis, an RHS senior at the time, during his final varsity basketball game. As the story goes, Gayle’s other brother Roger introduced her to Rock High School’s new coach and shop teacher, who hailed from Pulaski, Wisconsin. His name was Roman Gill, and he became the love of her life.
Gayle and Roman Gill were married in August 1959 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Perkins, Michigan.  She and Roman honeymooned at Niagara Falls and made their first home in Rock where Roman continued teaching and coaching. Many years later, Gayle and Roman returned to St. Joseph’s to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary with a Mass and luncheon.  Two children and a move to Escanaba followed, where Roman taught until retirement in 1990 and where they resided until this past Fall.   
          After Roman retired from teaching, they spent most winters as snowbirds in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  Their door was always open to family members and friends. On other trips throughout the United States, Gayle and Roman stopped to tour state capitols until they accomplished their goal of visiting all fifty.  They were also guests on a once-in-a-lifetime trip overseas for Korean War combat veterans and spouses, hosted by the president of South Korea.  They toured parts of Europe as well.  Gayle was proud of her Norwegian heritage, and she felt blessed to see the “old country” Ramseth farm in Norway.  The highlight of Gayle’s many travels was attending Mass at the Vatican in Rome.  Aside from traveling, in 1970 Gayle and Roman purchased a lot on the shore of Cook Lake, Trenary, where they built an A-frame cabin and entertained nonstop during the summers.
          Gayle also worked and volunteered in many capacities her entire life.  She was recognized as a hostess at Big Boy downtown Escanaba, and as a certified poll worker for area-wide elections. Gayle became well known at St. Francis Hospital as an auxiliary greeter, and received a rarely awarded volunteer pin for serving over 2,000 hours.  In addition, Gayle was instrumental in the 1970’s recruiting and organizing volunteers for Fellowship In Serving Humanity (F.I.S.H.), to check in with isolated and elderly people by telephone.  She was also active in the Community Concert Association, helping to facilitate performances by famous artists and musicians at the William Oliver Auditorium.  Gayle was a life-long member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary 1088 of Escanaba.  Gayle’s all-time favorite volunteer assignment was at an information booth inside the Delta County courthouse.
          Gayle’s hobby was people.  She loved socializing in every way, and she was full of energy despite ongoing health issues that resulted in thirteen surgeries over the course of many years. She had photographic memories of birthdays, anniversaries, and other dates that marked events in the lives of her family and friends. She loved hosting get-togethers at her home and cabin. Gayle was also very devoted to her Catholic faith, and donated time, talent, and treasure at their home parish of Saint Anne’s in Escanaba, as well as St. Joseph’s in Perkins, St Rita in Trenary, and St. Thomas By The Sea, Orange Beach, Alabama.
          Gayle is survived by her loyal loving husband Roman, and her two sons, Christopher Gill (Linda Metzler), Berrien Springs, MI, and Robert Gill, Columbus, GA.  She was blessed to have two grandchildren, Martina Gilruth (John), Fort Wayne, IN and Joshua Gill (Erin Koren), Grand Rapids, MI, as well as two great-grandsons, John and Theodore.  Gayle especially loved those little ones-- her Johnny & Teddy.  Over the course of Gayle’s life, she remained close to aunts, uncles, and cousins of the Hovie, Larson, Nauer, and Ramseth families.  She enjoyed sharing time with her twelve nieces and nephews, and looked forward to all the family reunions. Gayle is also survived by her youngest brother, Curtis Ramseth and wife Geraldine, Two Rivers, WI, and two other sisters-in law, Virginia Phillips, Tucson AZ and Janet Ramseth, Cecil, WI.
          She was preceded in death by her only sister, Marie Ramseth Dowse and Marie’s husband Byron, her brother Roger Ramseth, brothers-in-law Paul Stanik and Leo Phillips, and nephews Paul Stanik, Jr. and Nick Stanik.
Gayle’s family and friends brought her great joy, and she loved them all. We shall miss her.
          Friends may call from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on Friday May 19, 2023 at the Allo Coolman Funeral Home, 400 S. 10th St., Escanaba, MI 49829, with a decade of the Rosary to conclude visitation at 6:00. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday May 20, 2023 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 5803 State Highway M-35, Perkins, MI 49872, with Fr. Francis DeGroot officiating and Fr. Jed Patrick concelebrating. A luncheon will follow Mass in the church parish hall. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.
          The family requests that any donations be made to:
Bay College Foundation, Gill Scholarship, 2001 N. Lincoln Rd., Escanaba, MI 49829.
          Please visit to send online condolences to her family.

  • "My sincere condolences to Roman and Gayle's entire family and friends! May she be at peace.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™"
    -Gary Lehman

  • "Gayle was a close friend to my parents and will be missed as I know my mom(Arlene) has a special spot for you in heaven very close to her as you will be together again. All your memories will live in our hearts forever! Our sincere sympathy and prayers and all God's Blessings go out to all your family. May you rest in peace. Love Will Carne Sr., Linda, Steve, Nathan & Connor "
    -Linda(Carne) Howes

  • "My sincere condolences to Gayle's family. I met Gayle many years ago. She was very friendly and easy to talk with. No matter where I met up with Gayle she would stop to say hi and ask how life was going. She will be missed by many. Rest in peace Gayle."
    -Betty Krause

  • "Such a kind lady. The obit said her hobby was people. Well, I conversed with her, side by side, at the computers at a hotel in Rochester, Minnesota. She was truly kind and caring and a joy to talk with."
    -Judith Racette

  • "Elaine and I extend our deepest sympathies to the Gill and Ramseth families on the death of Gayle's passing. Our friendship in Rock goes back many years.!!"
    -Ronald Kaminen

  • "Roman, Chris,Robert and families, I am so sorry to hear about Gayles passing. I enjoyed getting to know her and your dad when visiting my parents (Dick & Lois) in Gulf Shores , AL. Please remember the positive memories of your wife and mom. In my prayers Rick Nelson Grand Rapids, Mi"
    -Rick Nelson

  • "I met Gayle in 2016 when I first became a nursing home administrator. How blessed I was to have our paths cross and her encouragement as I embarked on a what was a new career for me. Chris, I know Mom will be missed by not only the immediate family but all those who have known her along the way. Prayers for comfort in the memories in the days ahead. "
    -Kayla Herron

  • "To Mr. Roman Gill I'm not sure if you remember me, but you were my JV basketball coach at Escanaba High School in 1972. I I met your wife that year. She was a very sweet kind lady; I pray for peace for you in your time of sorrow. You know where she is! God Bless You Coach!"
    -Brad R Larson

  • "Roman, Chris, Robert and family, Love and Sympathy in the passing of Gayle. Gary and I were friends for many years. Gayle and Roman were so much fun and introduced us to their many friends in Orange Beach, Alabama. Gayle loved people and was a warm and generous friend. I will miss her. Till we meet againโ€ฆ.๐ŸŒน"
    -Mary Lou Curtin

  • "Dear Roman, Chris, Robert and family, we are all deeply saddened to hear of Gayle's passing. She was a wonderful lady, and she will be missed. Hugs to all of you from your Cook's Lake Family."
    -Cooks Lake Association

  • "I want to extend my deepest sympathy to Roman, Chris, and Robert. Gayle was very hospitable to me when I visited her and Roman at their home and champ at Cook lake. I enjoyed my time with her. I will miss her. Wishing that I could be at her funeral, I sadly cannot due to prior commitments. I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers. Msgr. Peter Oberto"
    -Msgr. Peter Oberto

  • "Roman, Christopher, Robert and family Gayle's hobby was people is right on target. She just love talking to the many new people on her travels and the so many friends and family she had. Always took time to visit. Being first cousins we had fun time through our school years living in the same town and later seeing each other in Alabama. Great memories. Am sure she was welcomed in Heaven with open arms. She will be missed. Our thought and prayer will be with Gayle and with each of you. Love Tom and Puz Cleary "
    -Barbara Cleary

  • "Roman, Chris, Robert, Linda, Martina and Josh: Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at the time. Your mother was a one of kind person! We admired her ability to strike up a conversation with just about anyone. Love, Bob and Cathy Metzler"
    -Bob and Cathy Metzler

  • "My deepest condolences to the entire Ramseth/Gill family. I stumbled on the news of Gayle today. Her obituary was lovely. She certainly was a beautiful person! She and my mother roomed together in Green Bay back in the 50's, and I can still recall childhood memories of receiving the Gill family Christmas photo cards from Esky. God Bless you all. My thoughts are with Roman and his deep sorrow."
    -Nancy Bowman

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