PRINCETON – On Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, Gail F. Greene was welcomed into heaven by her Lord, and joyfully reunited with her husband, the Rev. Richard W. Greene. Her death followed a short illness.
Born in Omaha, Neb., to Dr. David and Lenore Findley, Gail Greene graduated with honors from Monticello College in Alton. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Northwestern University Evanston Hospital School of Nursing. She was married on May 18, 1963, to the Rev. Richard W. Greene. Gail’s professional resume included a teaching post at Illinois Valley Community College in LaSalle; a staff position at Presbyterian – St. Luke Hospital in Chicago; and more recently as executive director of In-Home Care VNA in Princeton.
During her 23-year tenure as chief administrator of In-Home Care VNA, she developed a network of cooperative working relationships with health care providers throughout the area. She served on numerous regional and national boards – among them, the National Association for Homecare and Hospice, Visiting Nurse Association of America, and the Illinois Homecare Council. She also served on the Illinois Department of Public Health Home CareAdvisory Committee and the Illinois Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on Senior Issues. In 2005, she was honored with the prestigious Helen Heyrman Award, which recognizes an individual in the home health care field whose service has demonstrated an exemplary level of excellence and leadership.
In addition to her professional commitments, Gail was an active member of Rotary International and was named its Citizen of the Year. She also served on the board of the Princeton Area United Way. A lifelong Episcopalian, she was a member of St. Luke Episcopal Church in Dixon, where she served on the Altar Guild and was a member of the church choir. She also derived great pleasure from her participation in the Canterbury Singers in Dixon.
Gail’s happiest moments were spent in the company of her children and their families, David and Emily Greene, and Ethan, Molly and Sophie, of St. Charles, Dr. Anthony and Krista Greene, and Jude and Gemma, of Green Bay, Wis., and the Very Rev. Michael and Hope Greene, and Aidan and Miriam, of Eau Claire, Wis. Gail also is survived by her sister, Janet (Peter) Brethauer of Waukesha, Wis.
She loved her pets, travel, engaging conversations over lunch or dinner, great music, movies, and a good book.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m., followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., Saturday at St. Luke Episcopal Church. A lunch reception will follow. Jones Funeral Home in Dixon handled arrangements.
The family would like to extend special thanks to the staffs of Heartland Rehabilitation Center in Henry and OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria for their compassion and kindness during Gail’s illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorials should be directed in her name to the Gail F. Greene Memorial Fund at St. Luke Episcopal Church in Dixon.
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