Marion L. Gasper, 88, of Boulder Junction, passed away peacefully Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, after a brief battle with cancer.
She was born Feb. 6, 1926, in Sheboygan Falls, the daughter of Jacob and Minnie (Behr) Mallmann. Marion graduated high school at the age of 16, attended “shorthand” school in Chicago and became the secretary to the vice president at Curt Joa’s, also completing many nursing duties at the company due to the war and shortage of nurses. On June 6, 1945, Marion married the love of her life, Bill Gasper, her true soulmate who has been waiting with open arms to welcome her into Heaven. Marion and Bill operated a dairy farm for five years. They then started Gasper’s Mobil Service in Sheboygan and later moved and formed “Gasper’s Auto Clinic” for 25 years. Marion worked at the Sheboygan School food services as a cook while at the same time raising four children and doing the bookwork for the auto clinic business.
On Jan. 5, 1976, Marion and Bill purchased a resort in Boulder Junction and fulfilled their honeymoon promise to live up north. They enjoyed many successful years owning the resort and cherished the friendships made during that time. Marion worked in the kitchen as a cook at North Lakeland School for many years enjoying the opportunity to interact with children and staff. Marion was also gifted with the ability to capture life and community events through writing, and wrote the Boulder Junction town news column in The Lakeland Times for more than 20 years.
Marion was very proud of the Boulder Junction community and all it had to offer and enjoyed featuring events and individual accomplishments in the weekly news.
Marion was active in the Lioness Club, Chamber of Commerce, Boulder Lake Advancement association, B.J. Snowmobile Club, and was the only Clerk of Municipal Court that Boulder Junction ever had. Marion received the “Citizen of the Year” award twice to acknowledge her community efforts. Marion had a strong faith in God and enjoyed being a member of church where she led and assisted efforts to make quilts for the needy all over the world, such as tsunami victims, hurricane victims, special needs children and babies, as well as lap quilts for veterans.
Marion also made braided rugs, crocheted pot holders, knitted scarves and was very talented with the sewing machine. Marion had a passion to help others and many times would make a meal or baked goods and give to those suffering hardships or needing a helping hand. She was known for her cinnamon rolls and German potato salad.
Marion loved her children and her family very much and made it a point to remember everyone’s birthdays with a card and note. Marion enjoyed fishing, hunting, sewing, baking and trips to the casino. They say angels walk among us and Marion was just that to so many family and friends – she will be greatly missed. Marion was a wonderful mother and dearly loved.
Marion is survived by her two sons, Gene (Fran) Gasper of Sheboygan, and Gary (Sue) Gasper of Sheboygan Falls; daughter Laurie (Steve) Hoelzel of Neenah; and son-in-law Warren Flunker of Cascade; grandchildren Ben, Greg, and Zach Gasper, Amber Schroeder, Allen Hoelzel, Katie Binversie, and Jeannine Farulli; great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and a sister-in-law.
Marion was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Gasper; daughter Linda Flunker; grandson Brandon Gasper; sister Ruth Grossheim brother Carl Mallmann; and her parents.
In lieu of flowers, the family is establishing a memorial fund in the name of Marion Gasper.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1, 2 p.m., at the Community Church of Boulder Junction; visitation with family begins at 11 a.m. until the time of service.
Bolger Funeral Home of Minocqua is handling arrangements; visit www.bolgerfuneral.com to share online condolences.
A special thank you to friends Lois and Barb who helped Marion with many appointments and to all those who helped in many ways and through prayer. May God bless all those who help others.