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Roberts family humbled by Knights honor

Gary and Gail Maier of Roberts recently accepted the 2014 Superior Diocesan Family of the Year by the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus award in Appleton. They are pictured above receiving the honor: (from left) Knights of Columbus State Deputy Tim Genthe, Gary Maier, Gail Maier, Mary Jo Genthe and Supreme Advocate John Marrella. (Submitted photo)

The Gary and Gail Maier family of Roberts was named the 2014 Superior Diocesan Family of the Year by the Wisconsin Knights of Columbus at a recent banquet in Appleton.

The diocese covers a 16-county area in northern Wisconsin, spanning from Oneida County to St. Croix County.

The Maiers were presented the award at the 113th annual Wisconsin State Council Knights of Columbus Convention April 27. They were also in contention with five other families for the State Family of the Year title.

“We were extremely surprised and honored,” Gail said. “The council has an abundance of worthy candidates who equally deserve this honor, which made this recognition even more special and humbling.”

Gail, who is the president of the St. Croix County Fair Board, said they were chosen as the Family of the Year for the Knights of Columbus Council 1762 in Hudson, so their nomination was sent on to the state for consideration as the Diocesan Family of the Year.

The Maiers have been members of St. Patrick Parish for 11 years. Prior to that, they attended St. Mary Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Hammond for 15 years.

Gary and Gail have four children: son Doug (and wife Jennifer); daughter Shelby (and husband Brian Kiesler); daughter Wendy Khorshed; and son Jim. They also have eight grandchildren: Kelly, Dani, Briana, Ashley, Lylah, Tarek, Mazin and Jocelyn.

According to Gail, both she and Gary are involved in many activities at St. Patrick. Gary ushers and serves as a eucharistic minister and pastoral council member. Gail serves as a mass lector, commentator and choir member. They both are members of the capital campaign fundraising committee and are Fall Fest co-chairs.

Gary, who has been involved in the Knights of Columbus for 26 years, is a member of the St. Croix Council 1762 of Hudson and the Lawrence P. Gherty Fourth Degree Assembly 1947 of New Richmond.

“He has held several positions in both organizations, participates in many programs, activities and events and is chairman for the ‘brat wagon’ concession trailer, which is the main fundraiser for the Hudson council,” Gail said.

The brat wagon can be found May through September in the parking lot of RJ’s Meats in Hudson, and at the St. Croix County Fair.

“We both participate in Knights’ events, such as Lenten fish frys, coffee socials and volunteer whenever needed,” Gail added.

Gary has worked at 3M as a corporate scientist in the coating technology field for 45 years. Gail retired from the St. Croix Central School District in 2008 after 19 years of working as a special education paraprofessional.

Gail has been on the St. Croix County Fair Board for more than 20 years.

“As our children were involved in 4-H, so were we, initially in the Roberts Ribbon Reapers 4-H Club, and then on the county level,” Gail said.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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