Gail Patricia Dalsky, born June 7, 1949 into the loving arms of her parents, George and Blanche (Weber) Dalsky, returned to their arms on April 17, 2023.
Gail grew up on Wausau’s west side having attending St. Anne’s and St. Matthew’s grade schools and graduating top in her class from Newman High School in 1967. She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse. Gail’s continued education took her to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana (master’s degree), teaching in Colorado, and completing her education at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she graduated with a doctorate degree. She then moved to St. Louis, Missouri for work with the Washington University. Through a grant, Gail worked a short period of time for NASA in Texas. Following her time in St. Louis, Gail was hired by the University of Connecticut doing research on Osteoporosis in women. In 2001 Gail was hired as a medical research/writer for Eli Lilley, retiring in 2010. Throughout her careers with UConn and Eli Lilley, Gail traveled the USA and abroad giving speeches on her research studies.
After retirement Gail kept busy teaching EMT classes, involvement with her church, and walking daily. At the start of the war in Afghanistan, Gail was very dedicated sending care boxes to numerous military people. Her weekly boxes included sausage, personal care products, and whatever else the troops requested to make their time abroad a bit more comfortable. Gail received numerous letters and emails of thanks from those in the military receiving her donations.
In 2021 and after 40 plus years in Connecticut, Gail made the decision to sell her home out east and return to Wausau.
Gail is survived by her best brother ever, Bob Dalsky; and sister, Barb Dalsky Dern (special friend, Tom Rottscheit). Nephews, Steve (Sharryl), Keith, Chris; and nieces, Tami (Mike Zabawa) and Heather. Special college friends, Cheryl, Linda, and Diane; in addition to cousins; and her beloved cat, Daisy.
Gail is preceded in death by her parents, George and Blanche Dalsky; infant sister, Georgia Dalsky; brother, Terry Dalsky; nephew, Kevin Dalsky; cousins, Pat, Nancy and Michael; and most recently in December 2022, her dear cousin, Dennis Dalsky. Gail was also preceded in death by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and numerous pet cats over the past 40 years.
Gail said, “I want no rites in a gloom-filled room,” therefore, a graveside service will be held at Restlawn Cemetery on her birthday, June 7, where she will be interred to her final resting place between her parents.
Memorials in Gail’s name can be directed to a military organization of your choice, your local Humane Society, Alzheimer’s research, or to a charity of your choice.
Although Gail was at the Copperleaf Memory Center for a very short time, we would like to thank the staff for the excellent care provided to her. On Gail’s first day there and hearing a lot of laughter and commented how she enjoyed hearing the laughter.
Miss me a little, but not too long,
Miss me, but let me go.