Gail Elizabeth (Sandleback) McConnell of Green Lake, passed away on Saturday, July 3, 2010, of cancer with her loving family by her side.

Gail graduated from Green Lake Public Schools in 1970. She worked and lived in the Oshkosh area for 15 years as a managing cosmetologist. Returning to school and upon graduation, she moved back to Green Lake, taking positions as a customer service representative for local manufacturing companies.

In 1988, Gail and Jon McConnell were united in marriage, residing in the community of Green Lake that she loved so much. Jon and Gail were fortunate to have opportunities to travel extensively, including internationally. Gail spent many pleasurable hours walking with her lifelong friend, Diana Galster-Kinas, who shared an appreciation for the beauty and history of Green Lake. She also had a passion for gardening and enjoyed water color painting. Gail’s love for her family and spending time with them in any way possible was her favorite pastime. From gardening with her dad, discussing genealogy and local history with her brother Bret, special outings with her sister, Lyn and their mom, to overnights with her nieces, Maggie and Anna. She very much appreciated the guidance and love given by her brother Brad and sister-in-law, Dawn, during her fight against cancer, as well as the support given by her brother, Bret, during treatments.

Gail is survived by her loving husband, Jon of Green Lake; loving parents, Murray and Ann Sandleback of Green Lake; sister, Lyn Sandleback of Appleton, Wis.; brothers, Dr. Brad Sandleback (Dr. Dawn Rogers) of Appleton, Wis., Dr. Bret Sandleback (Kimi Wallenfang) of Princeton, Wis.; uncle, Rudy Polensky of Berlin, Wis.; special nephews, Joshua (Ellen) Madden and Zachary Madden; special nieces, Maggie and Anna Sandleback; aunts, Sharon (Gerald) Hallman of Florida and Marion Sandleback of Green Lake. She is also survived by lifelong friends, Diana Galster-Kinas and Marti McConnell; and further survived by her mother-in-law, Crystal McConnell; in-laws, Gary (Kathy), Jim (Sue); niece, Amber; nephews, Cody, Jason, Justin and Caiden;

Per Gail’s wishes cremation took place on July 6 and the family will be having a private memorial service for her.

Gail and her family would like to thank Dr. Editha Krueger and Dr. Thomas Klinkhammer, Barb and her staff at the Markesan Barrett House/Samuel’s Grove and Agnesian Hospice for their compassionate care in her fight against cancer. In respect of Gail’s memory, a donation to The Jill Chatterson Fund may be sent to Foundation for Ripon Medical Center, P.O. Box 390, Ripon, WI 54971, or any local organization.

Butzin-Marchant Funeral Home, Ripon, is assisting the family.

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