Jeannine L. Gorsalitz, 81, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at Century Oaks Assisted Living in Appleton. She was born September 22, 1939 in Appleton and has lived most of her life in the area.
Education was an important theme in Jeannine’s life. She graduated from Trinity Lutheran School in Kaukauna and was a first class of Fox Valley Lutheran High School in 1957. She then graduated from Dr. Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN in 1961 and from the Wisconsin State University. to Oshkosh in 1969 to prepare for the job she loved, teaching the humanities to elementary school students. Most of her career has been spent teaching at Grace Lutheran School in Neenah, Butte des Morts Primary School in Menasha and Gegan Primary School, also in Menasha, from where she eventually graduated. retired. Jeannine was eventually honored and biographed in several editions of “Who’s Who in American Education”.
Jeannine’s love for learning and teaching remained evident throughout her life. She has written a number of resources, including a historic walking tour of the Menasha Canal, a fire prevention course for children commissioned by the Neenah-Menasha Cross-Community Arson Task Force, and an on-demand educational series. of Ocean Spray Cranberries. In partnership with her colleague Mary McAloon, she wrote the 384 page teaching material on the history of Wisconsin entitled “Wisconsin History Units-1978”. She was president of the Menasha Education Association in the mid-1980s, and throughout her career she has won numerous awards for excellence and distinguished contributions, including the Ameritech Foundation Fellowship. She was truly and literally an outstanding educator!
Jeannine’s love for learning included an unlimited appetite for travel. In addition to spending time in nearly all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, Jeannine’s travels over the years have taken her to countless foreign countries, including Russia, China, Sweden, Norway, Finland, England, France, Peru, Kenya and Australia. One cannot recall the many other countries she has traveled to, sometimes participating in “teacher exchange” programs.
In short, Jeannine was an amazing woman who went on with life with gusto, spent her life serving others (including many years as a first responder), and left a deep impression on so many people, especially through to his good humor and his mischievous sense of humor. Never married, she lived for decades with her dear friend Cecile Freese until Cec’s death in 2004. Jeannine was a dedicated and very active Wisconsin Lutheran throughout her life. She was a unique daughter, sister, aunt, friend and colleague; as quoted from a popular movie, “a great light has gone out in the universe.”
Jeannine was predeceased by her father Gustave Gorsalitz, her mother Viola (Wiedenhaupt) Gorsalitz and her friend and roommate Cécile Freese.
She is survived by her only sister, Karlyn Daus, and her husband Bill Daus; niece Robyn Werner and her daughter, Lauren; nephews David (wife Amy, daughters Alayna and Savanna); Matthew (wife Johanna, daughter Sierra), Scott (wife Michelle, children Grace and Sam) and Michael Werner; the in-laws Mike and Kim Daus and their sons, Nathan and Aaron Daus.
The family would like to acknowledge and express their gratitude for the amazing staff and care provided by Century Oaks Assisted Living and Heartland Hospice.
The funeral will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday December 11, 2021 at Grace Lutheran Church, 1390 Breezewood Ln., Neenah. Visitations will be on Saturdays at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will be held at Highland Memorial Park in Appleton after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Grace Lutheran Church or the Fox Valley Lutheran Tuition Assistance Program.
Posted by Wichmann Funeral Home – Downtown Appleton on Dec 3, 2021.