Obituary of Gail Marie Weiner
Celebrating our Memory of
Gail Marie Weiner
February 19, 1946-June 29, 2023
On a cold day in Pontiac, Illinois on January 19, 1946, God broke the mold when he blessed a family of five and soon to be 8, with an adorable little red head named Gail Marie. 77 years later, on June 29, 2023, He would call his beloved daughter back home to be reunited with her Mom, Dad, and those that had entered into God's grace before her, to have a celebration far above the rising sun in Tucson Arizona. While Gail Marie Weiner relished in her role as a mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend, her profound joy was fueled by her love as one of God's children. It's through her words, her laughter, and her uncanny ability to break out in song that you may have entered her home with a lot on your mind but leave with a smile and a heart (or stomach) that had grown a little, making it all ok. You see, when you chatted with Gail, and often unbeknownst to us in the moment, you were adding beautiful colors to a canvas that would tell a story of grace, humility, kindness, and devotion that reminds us of what matters. That presence of mind would cater to the memories of large family gatherings with Gail, surrounded by those she cared for, so dearly. Immersed in music, conversation, dance, and food, the ingredients necessary for making happy wrinkles, were rounded up. Whether having a quiet chat with Gail or listening to a story that left not the littlest details untouched, it was love at volume max. As that red hair turned to white, Gail inspired us to continue the conversation so that we may offer one another an antidote to life's little mysteries. It mustn't be that difficult when we walk softly, or even better, do that 2-step that Gail had mastered during a country music lesson or a spontaneous hoedown with her brothers in her mother Daisy's home in Tucson. Oh, we will miss those days, but that conversation, Gail, will go on and we're grateful to you for providing us the recipe to love and to be loved. While we have yet to receive our own invitation to Gail's Heavenly celebration, we can rest assured that Gail and her beloved family are never too far. Together with Jesus and with what we believe were her little dogs, Ted and Rusty (or perhaps possums), Gail joins her parents Daisy and Bernard, brother Kenneth (Dee) Woods, Gary Woods, Donny (Cynthia) Woods, Danny Woods, and Sharon (James) Chalkey. Among those illuminating her grace on Earth (until we meet again, as Gail would say), are her three children; Wendy Gastelum, Ginger Rodriguez, both of Tucson, and Sean (Elizabeth) Gastelum, of Irvine, California. Additionally, Gail is survived by her sisters Carol (Burke) Miller of Lincoln, Illinois and Bonnie (Dave) of Tucson, Arizona. One of Gail's greatest joys were her six grandchildren, Alexis, Ashton, Josh, Gabriel, Sara, and little Jonathan.
Visitation will be on Monday, July 10th from 3 PM- 4 PM at Bring's Broadway Chapel at 6910 E Broadway in Tucson. Recitation of the Rosary will immediately follow from 4 PM- 5 PM.
A funeral mass in Gail's honor will be held on Tuesday, July 11th at 11 AM at Our Mother of Sorrows Catholic Church at 1800 S. Kolb Road in Tucson with Monsignor Tom O'Cahalane officiating. We will conclude services at Our Lady of the Desert Cemetery in the Garden of St. Francis located at 2151 S. Avenida Los Reyes. Reception will follow at Our Mother of Sorrows.
Gail, God is with you, until we meet again. Love pa, love ya!