Gale Claire Haakenson, 72, passed away Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at her home in the loving arms of her husband Tom. She was born in Milwaukee, WI, June 20, 1944, daughter of the late Chester and Julia (Nee:Joo) Krusienski.

Gale attended St. Catherine’s High School, Dominican College and Patricia Stevens Modeling School. She worked at Porter’s Furniture Store, Modine Manufacturing, Getty Manufacturing, and J.I. Case Co while in Racine. She moved to San Diego, CA and studied graphic arts at Platt College. There she worked as a production manager at Guns Magazine. She then moved to Tuscon, AZ where she lived for 17 years. Returning to Racine in 2000 she married her first love Tom Haakenson in 2003. After many years of medical problems she finally rests in painless peace. Her ever loving presence will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her husband, Tom; stepchildren, Heidi Haakenson and Heather (Stacey) Ellis; brother, Brian Krusienski; sister, Joy (Gary) Vaillancourt; in-laws, Barbara and Bill Haakenson; nephews and niece, Meghan (Jim) Edmonson, Cullen (Tope’) Rude, Casey (Lauren) Rude, Connor (Alicia) Rude other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by aunt and uncle, Harold and Margaret Krusienski.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home Monday, June 27, 2016, 9:30 a.m. until  the funeral service at 1 1 a.m. Memorials to Children’s Hospital of WI has been suggested.

The family wishes to thank all of Gale’s caregivers. With the greatest appreciation for the caring Doctors and Nurses at Froedtert Hospital, especially Dr. Seaina, We give our heartfelt thank you.


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