Gloria Jean Suhr
Gloria Jean Suhr, 81, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, passed away
peacefully on January 24, 2020 at Marinuka Manor Nursing Home in Galesville, WI.
Gloria was born on April 28, 1938 to Oscar and Genevieve Malles in Winona, MN. She was the oldest of
her siblings and they spent their youth growing up in the Cochrane-Fountain City area. It was there she
met the love of her life, Victor Suhr.
Gloria and Victor were married on May 3, 1957 and spent 62 wonderful years by each other’s side. They
had eight children which they raised in the Cochrane-Fountain City, and Holmen WI area, as well as
Gillette, WY. Both were devoted to their family and shared a love of Christ as they spent time
worshiping God and leading a life of faith.
Gloria was a gracious caretaker of her family as well as working as a certified nursing assistant caring for
others at the Onalaska Care Center. Gloria loved people and it showed in her generous giving to others.
A couple of those giving gifts fell into the category of music. Gloria played piano and was a beautiful
singer. She shared her singing in graduations, weddings and many church events or services.
Gloria and Victor shared many summers up in Hayward, WI with their kids where they could relax, fish,
and enjoy nature. In addition to vacation time, the family will forever remember the fun we shared with
Gloria at the “doings.” This was her name for the gatherings whether it was a holiday or merely to get
together. She always needed to eat her meals by a scheduled time and we lovingly came to call it “legal
time.” These memories will be cherished as Gloria was a stickler for her schedule and we loved her for it.
More precious memories include her love of watching her favorite football team, the Packers, along
with baking her famous pies which she prepared throughout the year, but most importantly for family
Thanksgiving. It was not unusual for her to bake 10-12 pies of a variety of flavors. She was adamant that
everyone needed to have a generous piece of grandma’s pie and we appreciated every bite.
Gloria is survived by her husband, Victor, her sons Carl (Kim), Tom, Dave (Heather), Scott (Roxanne), Rick
(Anessa), Mike (Tracy), and Dan (Betty). She is also survived by 23 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren,
her brothers Jim (Sandy), Mick (Linda), and sisters Susie and Geraldine (Ron).
She was preceded in death by her beloved daughter, Kathi, a granddaughter, Ali, her parents, a sister
Sherry and a brother, Michael.
The family wishes to acknowledge all the staff at Marinuka and Gundersen Hospice nurses who lovingly
took great care of Gloria and showed her such compassion. We are so grateful for your kindness and
helping her look her best with the cute hairdos.
Services will be held at The Gathering Place at 133 Mason St., Onalaska, WI on February 1,
2020. A visitation will begin at 10am, with a service at 11am. A luncheon will follow the service and a
private family burial will be done at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are being graciously accepted to purchase a bench in her memory that will
be at her gravesite for family visits.