In Memory of

Gayle Rae Messerole

August 24, 1941 - April 6, 2016
Gayle Rae (Fuhrman) Messerole, the daughter of Walter and Doreen (Witcombe) Fuhrman, was born in Quimby, Iowa on August 24, 1941. She received her early education in Cherokee, graduating from Washington High School in 1959. On May 12, 1962, Gayle was united in marriage to Ronald "Tiny" Messerole at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee. From early on, Gayle had a desire to be involved with office work. Immediately after high school, she started working at KCHE in Cherokee, followed by United Refrigerated Services, Rural Electric Coop, and the State of Iowa, from where she retired in 2010 after 19 years of service. In addition to working outside the home, Gayle was a loving wife and mother to their three children, Tyler, Teri and Todd. She was a member of the I.C. Catholic Church, and also became active in St. Mary's Catholic Church in Spirit Lake following her move to the Iowa Great Lakes area. Gayle enjoyed sewing, cooking, and gardening. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time and caring for her family and friends. Gayle passed away at her home in Spirit Lake on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, at the age of 74. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Doreen Fuhrman; husband Tiny Messerole in 2004; two sisters, Janet and Janice Fuhrman; and one brother, Gary Fuhrman. Left to cherish her memory are her children: Tyler (Erica) Messerole of Maplewood, MN, Teri (Marty) Soole of Sioux City, IA, and Todd (Donna) Messerole of Onawa, IA; her grandchildren: Kelsey and Joe (children of Ty and Erica), Marty, Jeff, Mike and JT (sons of Teri and Marty), Amanda and Hannah (daughters of Todd and Donna); a great-grandson, Miles (son of Amanda and Tyler Maynard); one sister, Jeannette (Bob) Grant of Cherokee, IA; one brother, Gerald Fuhrman of Cherokee, IA; several nieces; nephews; other relatives; and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 9, 2016, at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee, Iowa.
Father Dan Guenther
Marty Soole Jeff Soole Mike Soole JT Soole Joe Messerole Tyler Maynard
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Friday, with the family present from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Friday night at the Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. There will be a 6:00 p.m. prayer service at the funeral home Friday night.
Organist- Charlotte Groves Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery Rural Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, April 25, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“I am so sorry for your loss. Gayle is a really sweet lady. I have known her for years. I met her when her and my mom worked together. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ”
- Cindy Rowland (Peck)
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“We offer our sympathy to Gayle's family. We have many happy memories of time spent with Tiny and Gayle when we were young. They were great friends.”
- Fred and Arlene Hollenbeck
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“My wife and I worked with her at URS and spent some time with her and Tiny.
Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.”
- Dan and Shirley Nielsen
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“She was a brave and gracious lady who brought joy to everyone's
life that she touched. Her shining smile illuminated her life and her families lives. She was a child of the Lord.”
- D and D Henrich
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“So Sorry for your loss she was a good friend and I will miss her.”
- Sue Smith
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Gayle was a true friend, one of a kind lady with the most generous heart and will be dearly missed by family and friends. Rest in peace dear friend.”
- Marilyn Jacobsen
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Todd and family,
I am saddened to hear of your mom's passing. I worked with Todd at 1st Financial and with Gayle at DHS in Le Mars. I remember what a kind and fun person she was. May God give you all peace and comfort during this difficult time.”
- Jodi Kleinhesselink Gutierrez
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“We wish to express our deepest sympathy to all the family on the loss of your precious mother and grandmother. We got to know Gayle while she lived in Spirit Lake and will miss our conversations with her. She was a sweet and kind woman of God. May the peace of the Lord that passes all understanding be with you during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gayle is in Heaven enjoying being with Tiny once again. "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die." John 11:25,26 ”
- Ed and Elaine Feldhacker
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“To the family, we send the utmost admiration to uour mom, Gayle. She was a great gal, with a big heart and we are so glad we saw her last month when she was back in Cherokee. We have many fond memories of her. We will all be together someday.”
- Frank & Cindy Reinert
Friday, April 8, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Such a sweet lady...she was one of Dad's favorites. My sympathy to all of the family.”
- Marlene
Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“Am sure Tiny had a warm welcome planned for her! In addition to all her assets listed, she provided awesome child care as well great friendship!!”
- Wit and Maudie
Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 12:00 AM
“To the Messerole Family you have our Deepest Sympathy!! I'm so sorry for your loss of your Mom. She was great, and fun person. She's in peace now and no more suffering. RIP Gayle!!”
- Shirley Goebel
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