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Gail Widger

July 7, 1952 — May 31, 2021


Gail Marlene Widger, 68, of Weston, passed away due to medical complications on May 31, 2021, at the UW Madison Hospital. The family of Gail sincerely thanks the talented, warm, caring teams of Doctors, Nurses, and Staff in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit.

Gail was born July 7, 1952, to the late Wayne and Marlene (Nimmer) Gibbons. After graduating from Brandon High School in Brandon, Wisconsin; Gail went on to complete her degree in Computer Programming in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She started her career in Fort Collins, Colorado. In 1976, she moved to Washington and was hired as a computer programmer at Biddle and Crowther. In 2012, Gail left her beloved Northwest to retire in Avon Park, Florida. She most recently resided in Weston, Wisconsin to be near her family.

Gail had a great sense of humor, and a kind and generous spirit. She considered herself a Starbucks, salmon, and wine enthusiast. She enjoyed herb gardens and especially loved all things lavender and purple. Another lifetime hobby of Gail’s was collecting Hummels. Her favorite holiday was Christmas. She adored collecting Santa’s and choosing special “Old World” glass ornaments to send to her family- which will be forever treasured. The state of Washington was Gail’s favorite place in the world. While living in Woodinville, Washington she found her love of all things Pacific Northwest: Seattle, tulips, Molbak’s Garden, and Bald Eagles to name a few. To her family and friends, Gail was an amazing sister, aunt, friend, and dog lover, with a big heart and beautiful smile. Her memory will live on with all who knew and loved her.

Gail is survived by her siblings; Dan Gibbons, Jane (Paul) Reilly-Smith, and Tom (Kristine) Gibbons; her Aunt Karen Manske; her nieces and nephews and their children; Zachary (Kendall) Gibbons, Elizabeth (Robert) Taflinger, Aaron Gibbons, Hannah Gibbons, Amanda (Anthony) Criezis, Megan (Cameron) Loquist, Missy (Kevin) Beausoleil, Nevin Smith, Kaitlan Gibbons, Lane (Sarah) Gibbons, Paige (Bill) Backus, and Jeni (Logan) Metesh; as well as many cousins. In addition to her parents, Gail was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, and her younger brother Lane, as well as many cousins, aunts, and uncles.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, June 26, at 11:30 am at Brainard Funeral Home-Everest Chapel, 5712 Memorial Court, Weston. Rev. Dr. Niveen Sarras will officiate. Visitation will take place from 9:00 am until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will take place at a later date. Family and friends are invited to go to to leave online condolences and words of remembrance.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be sent to UW-Madison Neuro Research at (University of Wisconsin Foundation, Department of Neurology, US Bank Lockbox, Box 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807); or to your local pet adoption or rescue center.

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