WKEB Obituaries Blog

Gail A. Kestler


Gail A. Kestler, 70, Medford, a Town of Medford resident, died on Monday, January 11 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital where she had been a patient for the past 5 days. 


Due to COVID concerns, funeral services for Gail will be private family only at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford with Father Patrick McConnell officiating.  Burial of her cremated remains will take place at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery at a later date.


Gail was born on March 13, 1950 in Medford, the daughter of Earl and Helen (Pohle) Hoffman.  She attended Holy Rosary Elementary School and was a graduate of Medford High School.  On May 23, 1970, she married Richard “Dick” A. Kestler at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford. 

Gail worked most of her life as a housewife and also worked for many years at her family’s business, Hoffman’s Ben Franklin Store in downtown Medford.  She enjoyed fishing, riding in her horse carriage and her dogs and cats.  Her faith was very important to her and her passion was her family.  She was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford. 


Surviving Gail is her husband, Richard “Dick” Kestler of Medford; siblings, Joan (Al) Clark of Prescott, Jim (Linda) Hoffman of Medford and Carrie (Kevin Parsons) Perini of Columbus, OH; along with several brothers/sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews. 


She was preceded in death by her parents, siblings, Marge Rothmeier, Dick & Wayne Hoffman, and many brothers/sisters-in-law. 


Any memorial contributions may be given in Gail’s name to Holy Rosary Church and School, Medford.  Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake is serving the family.  For online condolences, please visit hemerfuneralservice.com.


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