Gayle LaVon (Fuller) Molzahn was born May 17, 1936, in Formoso, Kan., to Johnson Guy “John” Fuller and Mildred (Ellingson) Fuller Graham, and passed away Sept. 11, 2017, in Kearney, Neb., after acquiring the rare disease of Guillain-Barre syndrome in July.
Gayle started her early school years in Cody, Wyo., when her dad was overseas in WWII, and finished the rest of her school years in Formoso, Kan. She graduated from Mankato High School in 1954.
She was an outstanding pianist, and gave piano lessons for over fifty years. Gayle wrote and composed her own music and wrote individually for her students, especially for contests. She and her friend, Dr. Dale Sherrard, gave many concerts in Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado, and she loved being able to share her music.
Gayle married Buren Fulton on June, 1955, and to this union four children were born, Danny, Dawn Marie, Michelle, and James (Jimmy). They later divorced. She married Calvin Molzahn in September 1979 in Rock Springs, Wyo., and became step-mother to Mark, Allyson and Jonathan. Gayle and Calvin moved to Mankato, Kan., in 2000. Calvin died in 2011.
Her life was her Lord, her family and her music. She leaves many broken hearts in family, friends and loved ones, including daughters Dawn Marie May and special friend Mel Krause and Michelle (Hector) Olmedo; sons Daniel (Pam) Fulton and James (Jimmy) Fulton; grandson Cody Lammers; granddaughters Shannon Mueller and special friend Aaron Delaney, Jeri Dawn Dennis, Lindsey (Matt) Teply and Emma Fulton; great-grandchildren Tate Teply, Edisyn Teply and Asher Delaney; sister Joan E. (Clyde) Mickelsen; niece Angela (Tom) Salestrom and their children Tyson, April and Owen Schroder; Travis and Lauren Schroder and Ben and Jack Salestrom; step-sisters Verla (Bill) Roe and Jeannie Blair; step-children Mark (Vickie) Molzahn and son Tony (Hannah) Dellos and family; John Molzahn and children Noah, Mia, Joel and Jenna; and Allysyn (John) Paap and Dylan; and special friend Glen Suhr.
Celebration of life services for Gayle L. (Fuller) Molzahn were held Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at 2 p.m., at the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Mankato, Kan., with Pastor Dennis Beckmann officiating. Casket bearers were Dan Fulton, Jim Fulton, Cody Lammers, Clyde Mickelsen, Hector Olmedo and Glen Suhr. Interment was in Balch Cemetery, Formoso, Kan.
Memorials may be made to the Guillain-Barre research at www.gbs-cidp.org/gbs or to the Lutheran Church.
Visitation was held Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the Melby Mortuary in Mankato, Kan.
Melby Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.
On-line condolences can be left at www.melbymortuary.com.