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Gail Elizabeth Morkemo

04/08/1953 - 02/26/2020

On Wednesday, February 26, 2020, Gail Elizabeth Morkemo, loving wife, mother, and grandmother passed away at the age of 66.  

Gail was born on April 8, 1953, in Clintonville, Wisconsin to John Paris Mann III and Elizabeth Jane Mann (nee Ebert). She received her Bachelor of Science in Textiles and Clothing degree from the Ohio State University, and worked in retail management for 40 years. On October 19, 1991, she married William Christopher Morkemo. She was the mother of son, Robert Dewey Hawthorne, and daughter, Emma Renee Lawson (nee Morkemo). In retirement she enjoyed working part time at Shopko Hometown in Winneconne. When not working she would be at Wind Pointe Harbor. 

Gail was a generous woman and excellent gift giver. She always had an eye for fashion and also expressed her creativity through her delicious cooking.  Gail loved her college years as an Alpha Phi sorority member, and always remained true to her Ohio State Buckeyes. She was competitive, efficient, and a hard worker, but also knew how to relax and have fun. There is not much she enjoyed more than a day at the lake and has passed her contagious love of boating on to her husband and children. Her energetic personality brought life to a room and will be missed. 

Gail was preceded in death by her parents, John and Elizabeth.

She is survived by her husband, William; her two children, Dewey, and Emma (Jory); her three grandchildren, Karter Hawthorne, Summer Hawthorne, and Trigg Lawson; her three brothers, John Mann IV, Thomas (Cindy) Mann, and Robert (Tracey) Mann; former husband, Nick Hawthorne; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday March 8, 2020, at Calvary SonRise Church, 222 Church Ave. Oshkosh, WI. Visitation will be from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. with a service following at 5:00 p.m.

If you wish please submit online condolences to muellerfh.net.

Charlotte Mann wrote on March 1, 2020
Gail was such an important figure in my life. I cannot believe she is gone. I have so many memories with Gail. When I was a child my parents would send me to the states and I would spend most of my summer holidays at Gail’s. She took such good care of us ( my cousins and I) and would take us out shopping, boating and on family outings. Even as I grew older, she always kept in touch, sent us cards and gifts to my children and I for Christmas and birthdays and make goodie packs with all my favorite things. She was so generous. I didn’t expect her to go so quickly, I was not ready for this news. I thought she would always be around. I didn’t realize how much it would hurt to lose her. I am deeply saddened. My thoughts go out to Chris, Dewey and Emma. I am so sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you. I wish I could be there to say goodbye and be by your side Chris, Emma and Dewey but unfortunately I will not be able to make it. Gail’s memory will be forever in my heart. She will be truly missed. With love, Charlotte

Josh & Catherine Hayes wrote on February 29, 2020
Emma & Jory, so sorry for your loss. We are praying for your whole family during this time.

Brittany Smith wrote on February 29, 2020
My deepest condolences goes out to the whole family Dwalyn considered his 2nd mom she will remain special Her smile was contagious as her love never had a limit Her heart is an example of how we all should love you will remain in our hearts forever thank you for being who u were to my oldest brother (u was the cool mom lol fly high sweet lady