A blessed event for David and Carol Jean (Biel) Barnes took place on May 3, 1962 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin when they welcomed Gail Marie into their loving arms. The youngest of three children, they enjoyed fun filled times water skiing and ice skating, but from a young age Gail learned the importance of family. She and her sister not only shared a family bond, but remained close friends their whole lives through. A major event in her young life was receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit and being baptized in Jesus Name at the age of ten.
Gail graduated from the People’s Christian Academy in Phoenix, Arizona where her efforts allowed her to complete two years of school in one. She went on to attend Milwaukee Area Technical College, receiving her Associates Degree in Dental Assisting. She began working for Northpoint Dental at various clinics throughout the area where her caring demeanor was evident. Although Gail’s first marriage ended, she was blessed with two wonderful daughters, Amanda and Erica who filled her days with joy. Things began to turn for Gail when she became friends with Scott Nordvall. Experiencing rough times following his divorce, Gail’s caring heart reached out to Scott. From friendship their time together grew to include love. On August 14, 1995 they were married in a simple ceremony. Gail was equally blessed when she and Scott had their son, Dustin.
With her family now complete, Gail put her heart and soul into caring for them. Her loving nature and generosity of spirit was evident in all she did. Not rich with material wealth, Gail counted her family and friends as her most treasured gift. Her home was always a welcome place for young people in need of a mother figure in their life. She also had a way of bringing laughter to those in her company with her great sense of humor. In her presence, it was easy to smile. Enjoying the simple things in life, precious times were spent over the years at Lake Michigan, taking rides through Grant Park, watching fireworks and above all, attending the Wisconsin State Fair. The important thing to Gail was being with family.
A good cook, she enjoyed canning while Scott handled the gardening. Her other interests included photography and crocheting, and her beautiful afghans will be forever treasured. Although Gail’s life saw it’s share of ups and downs, her loving nature and ability to forgive was a gift. Never one to harbor ill will toward anyone, faith was important to her. She was involved at church playing the French horn in the church orchestra. After returning to college, Gail received her Associate’s Degree, as an Accountant Assistant, graduating with a 4.0 GPA. She began working for her brother’s business as an Administrative Assistant and remained there until she could no longer work.
After experiencing health issues in 2005, Gail was diagnosed in 2007 with Congestive Heart Failure. Her health began to worsen after she developed Multiple Myeloma. Diagnosis of the rare disease Amyloidosis caused Gail to become hospitalized where she underwent much testing. Even still, Gail held strong and simply wanted to be with her family. She was blessed be to home for Christmas before returning to the hospital where her battle continued. Gail’s name was lifted in much prayer and petition, but a place was being especially prepared for Gail in her heavenly home. At the age of 47, Gail Marie Nordvall entered heavenly rest on Friday, January 29, 2010.
Gail’s warm demeanor and genuine care for others was an example for all. She loved much and laughed often with a wonderful sense of humor that could brighten the most gloomy of days. She will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered.
Beloved wife of Scott Nordvall; cherished mother of Amanda Ellis, Erica King and Dustin Nordvall; loving grandmother of Myah Ellis, Layla Ellis, Emma Ellis, Isabella King, Vincent King Jr. and Arianna King; dearest daughter of David and Carol Jean Barnes; dear sister of Scott (Cindy) Barnes and Glenda (Steve Mangus) Barnes. She is also survived by many relatives and friends.
Visitation on Monday, February 1, 2010, Parkway Apostolic Church, 10940 S. Nicholson Road, Oak Creek, WI from 4–6:45 PM with her funeral service at 7:00 PM. Private interment in Milwaukee, WI. Please visit www.lifestorynet.com to leave a memory of Gail or to sign her online guest book. Arrangements by Suminski Family Funeral Homes, 414-744-5156.