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Gale Ann Jonasson

Gale Ann Jonasson
was born Jan. 8, 1939, in St. Louis, Mo., and passed away April 17, 2011. She was the widow of Donald Ross Jonasson and beloved mother of three sons: Craig, Carroll and Donald (and Donald’s wife Kathleen); devoted grandmother of Connor, Kaitlin, Michael, Kayle, Daniel and William. She and Donald Jonasson ran Ross Glass and Mirror in Los Alamitos, Calif. from 1970 to 1990 when Don’s ill health and rough times in the construction trade cost them the business and their home in Garden Grove, Calif. Gale returned to Big Bear, where they previously had a vacation cabin for many years, to get back on her feet and start over. 

Waitressing, temp jobs and working with the wonderful people at Snow Summit Mountain Resort got her through the '90s, until she found her second calling as a teacher at Lucerne Valley Elementary School. A former high school drop out, Gale in the early 1970s passed her GED, got an AA at Cypress College (pregnant with son Donald Robert Jonasson), and a bachelor’s degree (Drama) at Cal State Fullerton, decades before obtaining her teaching credential at Chapman University (at the age of 60). 

Her “can do” spirit and irrepressible humor endeared Mrs. J to students and fellow teachers for 12 years before her retirement in 2010 (still working Snow Summit through this last winter). 

There will be a memorial May 7, 2011, 2 p.m. in the chapel at Pine Summit Christian Camp, 700 Wren Dr., Big Bear Lake, CA 92315, followed by a celebration of a life of love and never giving up, at Summit Inn at 3:15 p.m.

"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: April 27, 2011 - 11:00 am
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper