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OBITUARY

Gail Mae Hodge

March 27, 1945June 18, 2020
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Gail Mae Hodge, 75, of Rockton, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 18 in her home. Born March 27, 1945 in Rockford. Daughter of Gerald and Gertrude (Wiler) Baker. United in marriage to C. Keith Hodge on April 3, 1971 in Rockford. He predeceased her on December 16, 2013. Gail was a Registered Nurse having worked at Rockford Memorial Hospital in the ER for many years until she went to Swedish American Immediate Care rotating among the locations. Gail found enjoyment in reading and listening to music. She loved to travel, anything Disney or Wizard of Oz.

The Family wishes to thank all the Doctors, Nurses and Hospice that gave her special loving care.

Survivors include her daughter, Katherine Hodge; grandson, Hayden Sularz; siblings, James (Nancy) Baker, Janice Couch, Francis (Loretta) Baker; several nieces and nephews. Gail was so loved by so many that there is too many names to mention of special friends who have been by her side throughout her life’s journey. Predeceased by her parents; spouse; sister, Sharon (George) Miller; brother-in-law, Jerry Couch.

Celebration of Life Private Family Funeral Service on Tuesday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Walk Thru visitation at 1 p.m. until time of service. Burial following in Sunset Memorial Gardens. To share a condolence www.sunsetfhmemgardens.com

Services

  • Celebration of Life Walk Thru Visitation

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service

    Tuesday, June 23, 2020

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June 20, 2020

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I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort at this time.
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Biography

When someone is identified as a natural leader, certain images come to mind. First thoughts are of a no-nonsense, tough-minded, dedicated and disciplined person. This description accurately fits Gail M Hodge who was indeed a born manager. She will be remembered as being highly organized, practical and realistic. She was a person who always carried a strong sense of duty with her throughout her life. Possessed with traditional “old school” morals, Gail was an individual who clearly communicated to those around her just who she was and what she was all about. Everyone acquainted with Gail knew her as a well-respected woman who was a stable force in her community.

       Her parents were Gerald and Gertrude (Wiler) Baker. Gail was raised on a Farm. Even as a youngster, Gail learned to be objective and decisive. Her faith in the principles of authority and dependability was something that she carried with her throughout her life.

      As a young girl, Gail was able to put her natural abilities to work. She was a bit like the sergeant of the family, helping to make sure that the others did what they should do and that they avoided those things they weren’t supposed to. In other words, she liked to organize and direct. Gail was raised with four siblings. She had two brothers, James and Francis; two sisters, Janice and Sharon. Gail had an inborn appreciation for the order in the family, allowing for the oldest members to be the most respected and to take on the most responsibility. For Gail, this was a natural order of life, one she gladly embraced.

      Gail's matter-of-fact attitude about most things was developed during her childhood. As a young girl, Gail enjoyed being part of teams, and organizations and groups of other kids who shared similar interests. In her spare time she loved the bunnies on the farm.

      Gail’s practical work ethic carried over into her college years. Her logical mind permitted her to work hard without succumbing to the usual distractions of college life. She would tackle an assignment and work through it before moving onto the next project. Gail’s orderly nature gave way to establishing personal study habits and procedures that not only helped her stay on track but often put her ahead of schedule. When Gail saw the need or benefit, she would willingly take on the extra assignment or even attend extra classes in order to learn more and become a better student. She earned her Registered Nursing degree at Rock Valley College.

      Gail was sociable and approachable. Because she was always so straightforward in how she approached relationships, friends and family knew that what they saw was always what they got. She enjoyed the camaraderie of being with a group of friends. When Gail was a member of a group, her interaction worked to keep the others grounded. She wasn’t afraid to confront her friends and, when necessary, she challenged them to stick to the task at hand. Those close to Gail came to expect her high standards of performance. While growing up, some of her best friends were CeCe and Betty Steins. Later in life, she became friends with Edna, Marlene, Donna and friends though her group as well as her Book Club friends.

      An objective and conscientious individual, Gail reveled in the security of her family. One of Gail’s most endearing qualities was her uncanny ability to remember important dates and anniversaries, and her unending enthusiasm for organizing a celebration for her family and friends.

      Gail was ever watchful of her daughter. She worried about her and was deeply concerned for her development as she grew up. She maintained a firm hand in her upbringing. Gail would give her stamp of approval to her requests, as long as she could see how she might benefit. She also had the ability to enforce the rules as needed to ensure that her daughter was properly raised. Gail was blessed with one daughter, Katherine.

      Being a hard worker who praised efficiency, Gail was always striving to make improvements where they were necessary. She was able to analyze situations and problems, keeping everything and everyone on track. An excellent project supervisor, Gail was a person who could quickly make decisions based on the information available. She worked cooperatively and expected the same from her colleagues. In both her personal and professional environments, Gail upheld her standards. Her primary occupation was a Registered Nurse. She was employed for many years in the Emergency Department at Rockford Memorial Hospital until she went to Swedish American Immediate Care. Gail was a team player who certainly lived out the motto of “give me a job, and I will get it done.”

      Gail approached her leisure time in the same manner that she approached her life. A person who enjoyed being neat and orderly and one who understood the nature of things, she appreciated the hours she was able to devote to her various hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were in reading, going to movies and listening to music. She loved to travel and have Mother Daughter trips, shopping and anything Disney or Wizard of Oz. Gail was content to enjoy her favorite pastimes alone but was also willing to share her interests with others.

      When it came time to travel or take a vacation, Gail used her scheduling expertise to make sure everyone and everything was ready to go. That also meant that she made certain no single person was overworked in putting the trip together. Gail had a knack for making sure that everyone who was involved had their specific tasks and that those tasks were completed. Favorite vacations included the Grand Canyon, East Coast, Florida, California, Door County in Wisconsin and Minnesota's Mall of America.

      Gail passed away on June 18, 2020 peacefully in her home. She is survived by her daughter, Katherine Hodge; grandson, Hayden Sularz; siblings, James (Nancy) Baker, Janice Couch, Francis (Loretta) Baker; several nieces and nephews. Gail was so loved by so many that there is too many names to mention of special friends who have been by her side throughout her life’s journey. Services were held at Sunset Funeral Home in Machesney Park, Illinois. Gail was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Machesney Park, Illinois.

      All who knew her would agree that Gail was a pillar of the community. She lived her life with her feet firmly on the ground. She had a strong work ethic, was pragmatic in her thoughts and acts, and constantly sought the means for self-improvement. She was willing to share her ideas and knowledge for the benefit of others, so that they could accomplish more in their lives. Gail Mae Hodge did her best to ensure that her family, friends, loved ones, co-workers, and everyone whose life she touched was given the chance to become a better person.

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