Gail Ann Longaker, 64, a longtime resident of Crystal Lake, died November 5, 2018 at River View Rehabilitation Center in Elgin. She was born August 20, 1954, in Chicago, to Anson D. and Marjorie E. (Surridge) Longaker.

Gail was educated in Crystal Lake public schools and graduated from Crystal Lake Community High School in 1973. She then enrolled in several educational programs prior to beginning her career. For over 20 years, Gail was employed in Chicago as an inside claims adjuster at Home Insurance Company.

Following her career in the insurance field, Gail was employed at Jewel Osco in Crystal Lake for over ten years. Always taking pride in her work, she received a number of commendations for her professionalism and exemplary customer service.

Gail loved her family and was a devoted daughter, sister, and aunt. She had a wonderful sense of humor, was warm and outgoing, and made many friends throughout her life. A natural athlete, she played tennis competitively and was an avid golfer in addition to participating on bowling and baseball teams. Gail also enjoyed photographing flowers, farms, and sunsets as well as diverse settings in California, Arizona, and Florida while traveling in those states.

Gail is survived by her father, Anson, of Knoxville, TN; her sister, Jane E. Levy, of Knoxville; her brother, David S. (Anna Mae) Longaker of Glenview; her nieces Amy B. Stevens and Sarah A. Busse, both of Knoxville; her nephews David A. Longaker and Thomas J. Longaker, of Glenview; and great nephews Griffin A. Busse and Andrew D. Busse as well as great niece Madeleine E. Busse of Knoxville. Gail was preceded in death by her mother.

A private graveside service will be held at St. James the Sag Cemetery near Lemont, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hadley Institute for the Blind and Visually Impaired, 700 Elm St., Winnetka, IL 60093 or

Final arrangements entrusted to Symonds-Madison Funeral Home, 305 Park St., Elgin IL 60120. For more information call 847-741-1128 or visit

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