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Gayle Johnson 1965-2013

September 17, 2013
Emmetsburg News

Funeral service for Gayle Schmeling Johnson of Emmetsburg will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg.

Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.

Gayle Ann Johnson was born March 14, 1965, in Valparaiso, IN, the daughter of Richard "Dick" and Mary Sue (Janssen) Shearer. She attended elementary and junior high school in Storm Lake and graduated from high school in Pocahontas in 1983.

Gayle was united in marriage to Christopher Schmeling on Oct. 1, 1988 at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. To this union two children were born. They then separated in 2003.

She worked for many years at Kathleen's Residential Care in Emmetsburg, and for the past five years, Gayle had been a para-educator at the Emmetsburg Community School District.

On Sept. 1, 2013, Gayle was united in marriage to Craig Johnson at the Lost Island Nature Center north of Ruthven.

Gayle was an avid reader and she, along with other school faculty members, met monthly for book club. She enjoyed cooking, playing games (especially Skip-Bo with family) and working crossword puzzles. Gayle was always very involved in the activities of her children, volunteering as a Boy Scout leader, Girl Scout leader and youth group leader at Bethany Lutheran Church, where she was a member.

She enjoyed watching the E-Hawks and her children play sports and participate in various other school activities. More than anything, she loved to spend time with her family and friends.

Gayle has touched so many lives before and during her courageous battle with cancer. She will be remembered for her positive attitude, her selflessness and her infectious smile. On Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, Gayle passed away at the Lakeside Lutheran Home. She was 48.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband, Craig of Emmetsburg; son, Tyler Schmeling and fianc, Paige Zimmerman of De Pere, WI, and daughter, Molli Schmeling of Emmetsburg; her father, Dick Shearer of Pocahontas; three brothers, Rick Shearer and wife, Bernadette of St. Paul, MN, Bob Shearer and wife, Julie of Des Moines and Jeff Shearer and wife, Kammi of Pocahontas; and step-daughter, Whitney Johnson of Houston, TX.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Sue; grandmother, Mary Lundberg; nephews: Ryan and Aiden Shearer and her cousin, Kyle Martin.

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