An Angel heads home, on November 16, 2020, Lucille Roberta Gaulrapp of Monroe, passed away at her home surrounded by family. Lucille was born at home on November 4, 1923 in Monroe, the daughter of Lee Roy and Mabel (Bowman) Morris. She attended Monroe Public Schools until she went into the workforce at Burgess Company of Freeport, IL. That is where she was introduced to the love of her life, Theodore Gaulrapp, by sister-in-law Rosemarye.
Lucille and Ted were married, when Ted was home on furlough from the U.S. Army on May 4, 1943 at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Freeport, IL. They were married for 67 years. Lucille worked in an Airplane Factory in Milwaukee, while Ted was serving in WWII. After the war the couple stayed in Milwaukee for a few years. They soon returned to Monroe purchasing a small farm and later moving onto a larger farm south of Monroe.
Together they raised 5 children: son, Daniel (Nancy Masino) of McFarland and their daughter, Andria; son, David (Maureen Coffey) of Madison; son, Don (Carol Steiner) of Monroe and their children Justin (Jenn Teasdale-Solt) their children, Brynn, Kennedy, Molly, Destiny and Ryder, Brian (Ryan Bartell), and Kevin (Michelle Leuzinger) and their daughter, Ariel; daughter, Sandy (David “Butch”) Kaempfer, of Gratiot, and their children, Lindsey (Chad Duhai) Kaempfer, Miranda (Tom) Zuhlke and Jacob (Saviz Fallahian) Kaempfer; and son, Douglas (Jane Schmerse) of Monroe and their children, Sarah Gaulrapp, and Katie (Kyle) Hofmaster; she is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
No one loved their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren more than she did. If you knew her you loved her!
Lucille was such a kind, loving, compassionate, sweet, religious person, always doing for others. When she wasn’t busy raising kids, helping milk on the farm, she was in the kitchen. We all enjoyed when friends and cousins from Freeport would come and stay. She is especially remembered for her homemade donuts, buns, pies, canning pickles, vegetables and Holiday meals.
Lucy worked for many years at the Alphorn Ford Motel as a desk clerk. She proceeded to be her husband’s righthand person at Ted’s Shoe Service for many years. Lucy also volunteered at St. Clare Hospital. She was a longtime member of St. Victor’s Catholic Church, Green County Homemakers Club, Women of the Moose Chapter#594 and numerous card clubs. Lucy and Ted loved to play euchre, horse and pepper, 500 and marbles with many friends and neighbors. Most of all Lucy and Ted loved to dance. They both loved the Glen Miller Band. They traveled throughout Europe visiting Austria, Germany, Switzerland. They traveled the US including Hawaii, Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Arizona visiting friends and family.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, sisters, Grace Deringer and Virginia Zettle; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Private funeral services will be held, Monday, November 23, 2020 at SHRINER HAGER GOHLKE Funeral Home, with Monsignor Larry Bakke presiding. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery.
A very special thank you to all friends and family who helped care for Lucy after the passing of Ted. A giant thank you to her final caregivers who were just like her family, God Bless you all, Shirley Long, Betty Helwig, Ede Engebretson and Kim Lewis. She loved each and every one of you.
In lieu of flowers a memorial fund is being established in her memory.
Condolences may be sent to the family at: shriner111.com.