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Gayle Angela Martin

May 26, 1948 - January 22, 2020



Gayle Angela Martin of Hoxeyville passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2020 at her home. She was 71.

Gayle was born May 26, 1948 in Chicago, Illinois to Victor and Dorothy Sylvia (Danek) Sekanina.

She earned her Master’s Degree in English and Communications and taught at colleges and universities throughout the state. Gayle was most recently a professor at Ferris State University.

Gayle enjoyed her life up north; she loved the independence and time outdoors. She was a caring individual and thoroughly enjoyed taking care of her animals as well as others. Gayle was a care taker for her mother and always was looking out for her son. She enjoyed art, especially oil painting. Gayle loved to dance and play the accordion.

She is survived by her son, Christopher Martin of Hoxeyville; granddaughter, Ayla and her mother, Dorothy Sekanina.

Gayle was preceded in death by her father, Victor Sekanina.

Cremation has taken place and private family services will be held in the spring.

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  • Ron Scott - Jan 24th, 2020 2:26 pm

    "Very sorry to hear of Gayle's passing. She will be missed. Prayers sent!"

  • Kathy Lagerquist - Jan 24th, 2020 3:56 pm

    "So sorry to say goodbye to my friend and classmate, Gayle Sekanina. I have many happy memories of school activities, sleepovers and skiing with Gayle. We played clarinet together in the school band. My condolences to Chris, Dorothy and Ayla Rae. "

  • John rydquist - Jan 25th, 2020 11:56 am

    "Gayle was a great freind.She loved her family the farm especially the cows"

  • Steve Montanye - Jan 26th, 2020 1:36 pm

    "Dorothy, Chris and Ayla, very sorry for your loss. May peace be with you. Love, Steve"

  • Andrew Shankland - Feb 4th, 2020 3:36 pm

    "I will miss her dearly. She was always looking out for the best interests of me and my family. May God rest her soul."

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