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Gail Alexander Welte

February 9, 1943 — July 16, 2023


Gail Alexander Welte passed away on July 16, 2023. Born on February 9, 1943, in Litchfield, Illinois, Gail brought joy and warmth to everyone she encountered throughout her life. 


Preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Lucy Alexander, father of children and first husband, Ron Marinelli, and her adopted daughter, Shirl Wade.  


Gail leaves behind a family she adored who adores her in return. Her surviving family includes her devoted husband, Tim Welte; daughters, Dana Marinelli (Thomas) Sullivan and Tonya Marinelli (Scot) Whitaker; son, Ron (Suzette) Marinelli; siblings Sharol Lowe and Paul (Joan) Alexander; grandchildren, Ian (Stephanie) Sullivan, Kailyn (Drew) Leon, Cailey (Wes) Webb, Emma Whitaker, and Jacqueline (Peyton) Horkins, Joel Marinelli, Adam (Haley) Barnes, Ashley Barnes; Bree Wade; stepchildren, Troy (Raegan) Welte and Tammy (Bill) Koneker; great-grandchildren, Jackson, Charlie, Agnes, and Sam Sullivan, Mason Leon, Branch and Rocky Webb as well as numerous friends, and loved ones.

Gail was raised in Gillespie, Illinois and moved to Tennessee where she found her true home with her children and eventually reconnected and married her high school sweetheart.

She was a vibrant soul with a zest for life and a beautiful personality that radiated love and kindness. She cherished the simple pleasures of life – traveling to the Smoky Mountains and the beach. Gail also found solace and joy in cooking; every meal prepared with love became an expression of her nurturing spirit.

As we say goodbye to Gail Lee Welte, let us remember the strength of her faith, the love she shared unconditionally, and the memories she leaves behind. Though tears may be shed in sorrow, let us also celebrate a life that was lived with a passion for her Lord and Savior. May she find eternal peace in the embrace of those who have gone before her.  


Because you have made the Lord your dwelling Place, the most high, who is my refuge.   Psalm 91:9 


In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to one of Gail’s favorite charities. Nashville Rescue Mission  or Heimerdinger Foundation.  

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