Gail (Knaus) Shatkus

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3/28/2016 11:00:00

51 West Broadway Street Plymouth OH 44865 4/8/2017 11:00:00

Gail (Knaus) Shatkus, age 57, of Plymouth, Ohio passed away on Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Willows at Willard after a long illness. She was born on June 4, 1959 in Shelby, Ohio to Kent and Nancy Jane (Barbour) Knaus. She had quite the adventure in her life. She attended Plymouth High School, Bowling Green State University and had earned a Masters Degree from Ashland University. She was employed by Morton Thicol at the space center, Cape Canaveral, FL, was an assistant professor at the University of Montana and she was a certified welding inspector for the state of Montana. She was also working on a GPS system in Liberty County, Montana. She wrote the grants for installation of GPS Systems in Montana. She will always have Montana in her heart, she thought it was a wonderful place.
She is survived by her husband, Leonard Shatkus; father, Kent (Carol) Knaus; sister, Ann Knaus; brother, Andy Knaus; aunt, Sally Vanasdale; uncle, David Barbour; cousins, and very special friend, Bob Staley.
She is preceded in death by her mother, Nancy Knaus and maternal and paternal grandparents.
Her family would like to thank all of the people that stayed in touch with her and the family in her time of illness.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00 AM on April 8, 2017 at Maple Grove Cemetery with a memorial service following at 11:00 AM at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Plymouth, Ohio with Pastor Blanche Tyree officiating. Lunch to follow the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Stein Hospice in Sandusky, Ohio or the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Plymouth. Online condolences may be shared to the family by visiting


Jamie - May 30, 2024
Me and Gale are cousins and I still have her yellow-ish tan blanket. I miss her a lot
Janine Fadul - Apr 14, 2017

I have known Gail since I was a kid. I will always remember and laugh at the fact that she called me “Kiddo” well into my teen years. Gail was a person that was always filled with life, passion and a kind heart. She was a wonderful friend to my Mom and I will always admire her tenacity. We will miss you Gail! Blessings and Prayers to all of her family.

Eleazer P. Resurreccion - Apr 9, 2017

I will always remember Gail as a happy colleague. Thank you, Gail, for knowing you at Montana State University Northern, even for a brief period of time.

Pastor Ted Grotjohn and Joanne - Apr 8, 2017

We were so sorry to hear about Gail. Our sympathy and prayers are with you all. We attended the funeral and were sorry to not be able to greet you personally, Pastor. We pray that God will be with you and touch you with his healing love.

Mark and Christine Speir - Apr 6, 2017

On behalf of my husband and I, we would like to say this about Gail.We met her in Fl and she worked with Mark at KSC. Mark introduced me to her and as she was a neighbor we became friends. We did fun things together, experimenting with foods and gardens, and laughing at funny things that came our way. She was so supportive of me and my family. Over the years we followed each other with moves and changes. We laughed and cried together and we prayed. I would say we prayed more together towards the later years. I loved Gail’s little giggle she would get when something really tickled her. She was brave and never gave up, a real overcomer. I was so amazed at all she accomplished in her career. I liked how she reached out to others. She would give the shirt off her back for love sake. She gave all. W will miss her, but knowing she is in heaven blesses us. She is celebrating and has joy, so much joy. She loved her friends and family, family meant a lot. I thank God she was part of my family’s life and she will be dearly remembered. Blessings of grace to all Gail’s family.

Don & Bobbi Tiskevics - Apr 5, 2017

We are so sorry to hear of Gail’s passing. She was a very special individual in so many ways. May God comfort you in your time of sorrow.

Tricia and Michal Belknap - Apr 5, 2017

We are very sorry to hear about Gail’s passing. Although we live in California and have not seen much of her for several years, Tricia kept in frequent contact with her by telephone. Gail was always full of big ideas and working on new and creative projects until the deterioration of her health made that impossible any more. One of Tricia’s biggest regrets is that she was unable to get up to Montana and take Gail on a really nice vacation before she became too ill for that to be any longer possible. At least we all take comfort in the fact that a really good person is now with the Lord. Gail, we love you a and will miss you.

Karen Schultz - Apr 3, 2017

Many years ago, seems like yesterday, I worked with Gail at “the muck”. I remember Gail as being inquisitive and friendly. So sorry for her family’s loss. You are in my prayers.

Barbara Whisler - Apr 3, 2017

Condolences to Gail’s Family. Hadn’t since her since school. Sounds like she lived a wonderful life. Childhood friends. RIP.

Joe McDonald - Mar 29, 2017

I’m very sorry to read about Gail.

Janet Parker - Mar 29, 2017

Kent, Ann, Andy, and Len
My prayers are with you. Gail was a very intelligent and gifted individual. She made a difference in many young lives throughout her life. I will miss her boundless energy and her always questioning spirit. Blessings and peace to you during this time of sorrow.

Brenda Boothe - Mar 28, 2017

So sorry for your loss Kent, Andy, and Ann. May God grant you the peace and comfort that only He can give during this time.