Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 11, 2014

Gail Joan Ehlers

KINGSLEY — Gail Joan Ehlers, 65, of Kingsley, lost her battle with depression on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. She is now experiencing eternal peace with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Gail was born on Nov. 24, 1948, in Long Beach, Calif., to Robert Carl and Virginia Joan (Proctor) Townsend. She married her husband of 43 years, Melvin “Rick” Richard Ehlers, on April 4, in Ojai, Calif. Together they raised two wonderful daughters.

Gail was a devoted teacher at Kingsley Area Schools, where she taught second and fifth grade. She and her family spent the 1984/1985 school year in Indonesia as teachers.

She was a member of Faith Reformed Church in Traverse City for many years.

Gail enjoyed knitting, reading, gardening, skiing, traveling and enjoying the ocean.

She faithfully helped care for her five grandchildren in the weeks following their births, both in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Okinawa, Japan. In the past few years she shared her love of puzzles, such as Sudoku and logic puzzles, with her grandkids.

Surviving Gail are her husband, Rick; daughters, Erica (Andrew) Griffin and Laura (Brian) Workman; grandchildren, Maya and Naomi Griffin, Joanna, Terra and Brennan Workman; her mother, Joan Townsend; siblings, Terri Eastman and Jim Townsend; sister-in-law, Elaine Emmons; brothers-in-law, Duane (Donna) Ehlers and Curt (Monica) Ehlers; and many other loving family members and friends.

Gail was preceded in death by her father, Robert.

A memorial service will be held in Gail’s honor at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Kingsley United Methodist Church, with a visitation beginning at 3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), PO Box 62596, Baltimore, MD 21264-2596; (888) 999-NAMI (6264); or the Rainbow of Hope Farm, 1951 County Line Road, Kingsley, MI 49649.

Kindly share condolences with the family at

The family is being served by the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home.

Text Only

Death Notices

Deaths in the Region
Archived Obituaries