Gail Lynn Horak

PALERMO – Gail Lynn Horak, 66, of Palermo, passed away on May 16, 2024, at home surrounded by her family. She was born April 26, 1958, the daughter of the late Elmer and Rachel (Wood) Sheaff.

Gail was a 1976 graduate of Erskine Academy. She was employed by the Palermo Consolidated School as the Head Cook for 22 years. Students and staff considered her family over the years and she always referred to the school as her home away from home.

Gail married her late husband, George Horak, of 36 years in 1981. Together they built a life and home where everyone always felt welcomed.

Gail was the heart of her home and family and raised four children in a happy and loving home. Becoming a Nana was one of her proudest and joyful moments. You could often find Gail at her grandkids sporting events, in her kitchen baking with them, playing many board games with them, visiting on camping trips, planting flowers, trips to the casino and making trips to John’s Ice Cream.

Gail was predeceased by her beloved husband, George; parents Elmer and Rachel; brother, Gary; in-laws, Anton and Pauline.

She is survived by her children, Daryl Horak and wife Kristen, Lisa Robinson and boyfriend Justin Watson, Mary Golden and husband Justin, and Linda Favreau and husband Andrew; brother, Dean Sheaff and wife Tamara; aunt, Jeanette Scates; cherished grandchildren, Nathan, Abbie, Brooke, Kaylee, Jacob, Annabelle, George and Olivia; along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on June 29 at the Palermo Consolidated School. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

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