Gayle A. Sohr

March 21, 1934 - Sept. 6, 2006

Gayle A. Sohr, 72, of Eau Claire, died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2006, at Luther Hospital in Eau Claire following a courageous battle with cancer. Gayle was born March 21, 1934, in Waukesha, the daughter of Roger K. Sr. and Ethel (Pederson) Sohr. She attended school in Waukesha, graduating from Waukesha High School in 1952.

She went on to attend Milwaukee County General Hospital, getting her diploma in 1955. She then went on to Marquette University College of Nursing graduating with a bachelor of science in nursing in 1960. Following her graduation, Gayle worked for the Waukesha County Health Department for several years. In 1969, she went on to achieve her masterís degree in nursing from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, graduating in 1970.

In the fall of 1970, Gayle accepted a position as a nursing instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Gayle was promoted to assistant professor in 1977 and remained in that position until the time of her retirement.

Gayle was a longtime devoted member of Lake Street United Methodist Church. She was involved in many church groups, including the United Methodist Women, where she served as president from 1999 to 2000. Gayle was also a past officer of the Chippewa District of United Methodist Women. She was the first parish nurse at Lake Street and continued her role up to the time of her death. Gayle also enjoyed her membership in the evening reading group. She was also active in Church Women United where she currently held the office of vice president.

Among her hobbies were reading, golfing and taking care of her flowers. Gayle also enjoyed spending time at the family cottage at Paya Lake near Lakewood.

She is survived by her two brothers, Roger K. Sohr Jr. of Gillett and Jim of New Orleans; a niece, Sara (Darin) Preston of New Orleans; and a nephew, Peter Sohr of Dallas.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a sister, Janet Lynn.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Monday, Sept. 11, at Lake Street United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dr. E. Doyle Blanton officiating. Graveside services will be held at 4:15 p.m. at Wandererís Rest Cemetery in Gillett.

Lenmark-Gomsrud-Linn Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call (715) 832-8301 or go to www.lenmarkfh.com.