Madeline Weill Gullekson, (May 31, 1927 - March 26, 2019) of Madison, died at St. Dominic Hospital after a brief illness.
“Miss Pete” as she was called all her life, was born and raised in Manton, Mich., and was the youngest child of Harvey Gilbert and Mable Roby Haan. She was graduated from Manton High School and St. Mary’s Nursing School in Grand Rapids, Mich. After working as a registered nurse for a number of years in Grand Rapids, she married Ted C. Weill in 1950 and together they bore six children, all of whom survive.
In 1963, Miss Pete and her large family caravanned to Tylertown, where they took up residence, joining the local Methodist church and substantially increasing the size of its youth group. Miss Pete was extremely active in her church, the local schools and in her community. She was ‘Team Mom’ for many youth ball teams, band clubs and school home rooms. After her last child graduated from high school, she moved from Tylertown and served as a housemother at Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at LSU and at Sigma Chi fraternity at Ole Miss. She was an avid bowler, golfer and bridge player.
She married Warren Gullekson in 1989. Soon after his death in 1998, she suffered a severe stroke which robbed her of much of her speaking ability and mobility. Though impaired, she continued to love everybody - from the friends and family who visited her to the caretakers who fed, bathed and clothed her. She cared so deeply about any soul immediately in front of her, whether a bank teller, a janitor or a sniffling kid with a cut finger. That is her legacy and an enviable one.
Survivors include her six children: Kathryn Long of Madison, (Jeff); Susan Weill of San Marcos, Texas (Gary); Eric Weill of Hattiesburg; Jeff Weill Sr. of Jackson, (Tracy); Tim Weill of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho; and Terry Weill of Madison (Chris); 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren as well. She is preceded in death by her sisters Mildred Haan, Ilene Thompson and Dorothy Bever, and by her brothers Harvey and Gilbert Haan.
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