Gail Marie Balow Manthei was on born January 5, 1938, and went to heaven on July 17, 2015 after a valiant battle with lung cancer. She is the daughter of Lawrence and Margaret Balow from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Gail is survived by her mother Margaret Balow, her brother Larry Balow, and her sister, Lynn Hoyt. She was married at a young age to her first husband Herman Manthei. Their children include Karen, Jeri, Jody, Lori, and Gary. Gails son-in-laws include Louie Luisi, Barry Worden, Frank Cleveland, and John Damiani. Gail lived with her longtime partner Rex Wilson for 25 years. She is a grandmother to Farrah Manthei, Amanda and Nick Figallo, Amy Luisi, Terry and Heather Worden, Michael and Brooke Worden, Richie Worden, and Dylan and Nicole Damiani. Gail is a great-grandmother to Maximus Worden, Angelina Figallo, and Rebecca Worden. She was a resident of Park Forest, Illinois, for over 30 years. She was a dedicated Searss employee for over 35 years, even coming out of retirement twice. Gail Manthei was the rock of her family. She always had a story to tell or an opinion to share. Gail was a wonderful and friendly neighbor, a loyal friend, and a loving and devoted mother and grandmother who will be truly missed. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Monee Funeral Home, 5450 West Wilson Street, Monee, IL 60449.