Gail (Ryan) Brown

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL. – Gail (Ryan) Brown, age 61, longtime Ishpeming resident passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 7, 2014 in Port Charlotte, FL where she had been living since June of 2013.

Gail was born on June 2, 1952 to Robert and Barbara (Demmer) Ryan. Although born in Marquette, Gail was raised and went to school in Ishpeming. Gail graduated from Ishpeming High School, and was a member of the class of 1970. She worked for CCI for over 30 years.

Gail had an infectious laugh and was always fun to be around. It seemed as if everyone new her. Whether it was through the Blue Notes color guard, the Ishpeming Cribbage, or the lifetime she spent in Ishpeming, Gail was known as a friend and a caring person to all. She was a social butterfly, and loved being around people.

Gail loved her children and always took an interest in them. She and her son spent time gardening together, and watching the Detroit Tigers on TV. Gail was able to spend time with her daughter in her own paradise, Florida, where they went to the beach and sat together many nights on their porch.

Gail’s greatest attribute came later in her life when she became a grandma. She was an important part of her grandchildren’s lives – there were not many days where they didn’t see their “gram.” Her love for Lilly, Emma, and Samuel was evident in everything she did.

Gail will be truly missed by her surviving family including a son Gabriel (Sarah) Ryan of Ishpeming, a daughter Gina Ryan of Ishpeming, her parents Robert and Barbara of Negaunee, a brother Randy (Teresa) of Ishpeming, and her three loving grandchildren Lilly (Lil), Emma (Emmers), and Samuel (Boy) Ryan.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter Gretchen Ryan.

The family will greet relatives and friends from 11:00am 1:00pm on Saturday January 25, 2014 at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home. A memorial service will follow at 1:00pm on Saturday at the Bjork & Zhulkie Funeral Home with the Rev. Micah Hjermstad to officiate.

Gail’s obituary may also be viewed at bjorkand zhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.

A limb has fallen from the family tree. I hear a voice saying “Don’t grieve for me. Remember the best times, the laughter, the song; The good life I lived when I was strong. Continue my life, I’m counting on you. Keep smiling and surely the sun will shine through. My mind is at ease, my soul is at rest. Remembering it all, how truly I was blessed. Continue traditions, no matter how small. Go on with your life, don’t worry about falls. You might miss me dearly, but keep up your chin. Until the day that we meet again.”