Marjorie J. Gaier, 94, of Chippewa Falls, passed away peacefully at home Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.
Marjorie was born in Chippewa Falls, March 21, 1923, the daughter of the late Carlysle and Alvina (Meuli) Allison. Marjorie attended school and graduated from Chippewa Falls Senior High School in 1941.
On June 6, 1942, she married Floyd M. Kaiser and together they ran The Kaiser Sign Company until Floyd passed away. She later married Louis J. Gaier Sept. 11, 1954.
Marjorie had two passions being volunteering and knitting. She worked with the Chippewa Falls election board as a ward clerk for over 40 years. The Red Cross blood bank and at two local nursing home, until just two years ago. She also volunteered at Holy Ghost Church, where she oversaw funeral lunches for several years. She always seemed to have knitting needles in her hands. She was a master knitter, having won over 500 ribbons in knitting and baking at The Northern Wisconsin State Fair in Chippewa Falls. Most of her ribbons were “blue” and she later made a quilt out of some of the ribbons she won, with the ribbon in the center being the first she won on a dress she made in 1936, at the age of 13. Many knitters were happy when she stopped entering at the fair a few years ago, as most of the knitted items she entered took blue ribbons, especially her baby sweaters sets. She continued to knit until the day she died, a pair of slippers being her last project. She donated several dozens of caps, mittens and slippers to local charities.
She is survived by her children, Kay (John) Knipfer of Deerfield, Wis., Patti (Garv) Anderson of Stoughton, Wis., Floyd (Theresa) Kaiser of Calumet, Mich., and Mark (Teresa) Gaier of Chippewa Falls; grandchildren, Kurt Knipfer, Sandi Calvert, Paul Anderson, Jeff Anderson, Nikki Kaiser, Coleman Kaiser; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Marjorie was preceded in death by both of her husbands, Floyd M. Kaiser Sr. and Louis J. Gaier; her parents; and one sister, Lorraine Billiard.
Marjorie’s last wishes were to have a private family service and to be buried later in Hope Cemetery in Chippewa Falls. Any memorials may be sent to Holy Ghost Catholic Church in Chippewa Falls. The family would like to thank St. Joseph’s Hospice, especially Cindy RN and Beth CNA for all their help and guidance during this troubled time.