Gail Esther Raglen

Oct 18, 1940 - Mar 22, 2022

East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane
Sacramento, CA, 95841


On March 22, 2022, the Heavenly Father called Gail to his eternal home in Heaven.  Gail was born October 18, 1940, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, the oldest of three children born to Lester and Velma Rieck.  The family sold their farm near Maple Lake, Minnesota and relocated to West Sacramento, California, in 1956 where Gail graduated from James Marshall High School.

On January 12, 1985, Gail and Leon Raglen were married by Pastor Thomas Franzmann at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Citrus Heights, California. There they continued as faithful members and Gail actively served on the Altar Guild.

Gail retired from the State of California with 30 years of service, including 11 years as an Administrative Assistant in the Executive Office of Governors George Deukmejian and Pete Wilson.  She and Leon moved to Sun City Roseville in 1995 where she joined the Sierra Pines Ladies Golf Club and became an avid golfer, also dedicating her time in various committees with the club.

Gail was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Velma Rieck, brothers David and Gary, former husband Robert E. Baumann and husband Leon Raglen.  She is survived by her daughter Dawn Conyers; son Robert Baumann (Cecilia); stepson Lance Raglen; stepdaughter Laurie Link (Gary); grandchildren Kelly, Cole, Connor, Michael, Zachary and Ethan.

Gail was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend to many, and her unwavering faith in God guided her throughout her life.  She will be missed dearly.

In lieu of flowers, Gail was a contributor to the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. To offer a donation, please go to


  • Dawn Conyers says:

    Miss you mom, and I always will. You’ve been a steadfast soldier, friend, and now my guardian angel. Thank you for always being a wonderful and loving mom. Rest in peace always and forever. Much love and gratitude Dawn

  • Lance Raglen says:

    We will miss you Gail, you were such a nice step mom to me. Made me feel comfortable all the time around you. I loved our conversations you will be missed by Nancy and I. Thank you for taking great care of my dad he adore you and it showed evertime we were around you guys. Love ❤️

  • Laurie link says:

    Gail was my stepmom My entire family will miss her! I will miss our phone calls. You and my Dad had a love that was genuine, respectful and warm. I will always admire your marriage.

    Rest In Peace❤️

  • Linda Vincent says:

    Gail was my friend in our golf group. She was a warm and loving lady and she will truly be missed by many. Hugs to her family.🥰

  • Pam Cabezas says:

    Gail was such a special lady and friend. I have many good memories of our golfing days together. God Bless Gail.

  • Pat Horning says:

    Gail, a wonderful friend and golf buddy. Loyal & true that was Gail….missed by all who ever had the previlege to be her friend. Rest in peace

  • Linda Osgood says:

    Gail was a good friend and neighbor. She loved golfing and we loved golfing with her. Her laugh and jokes I will miss always! Bless you Gail, you truly are gem and will be forever remembered.

  • Beverly Warrington says:

    My Dear Friend Gail, it’s hard to believe we won’t play Golf again. We miss your Fabulous Smile & great Humor.
    Rest In Peace dear Friend.

  • Mary Ann Chittick says:

    As fellow Minnesotans, we had a special understanding of all things Minnesota. We enjoyed many rounds of golf over our many years as residents of Sun City. To her family, may your cherished memories be a source of comfort.

  • Carolyn Pittman says:

    Gail was like a ray of sun shine in May. You could feel the warmth when she was around. And the twinkle in her eye you knew there was fun to be had. She was a wonderful person and I will miss seeing her and playing golf with her. Peace be with you and your family.

  • Jackie Burton says:

    Lots of laughs over the years, I’ll miss you at golf and Bunco. Will remember your smiling face. RIP.

  • Gwen Picanco says:

    Gail was a warm easy person to like and be with. I will miss her on the golf course and as a friend.

  • Kathy Fowler says:

    I first met Gail back in May 2010 when I joined the Lady Niners. She was so friendly and welcoming to me when I first joined. I will always remember her love, support and friendship. I will never forget back in 2014 when she & I were tied for first place in the final round of our Club’s Championship. We had to play “sudden death” on hole #1. We walked up the fairway together. We both had the same tee shot & similar second shot. Upon reaching the green, I had a longer putt than Gail, but she encouraged me and supported me, She said, “Kathy you CAN do it”! Of course, I missed and 3 putted, so she won the Club Championship that year. She was the sweetest most loving lady I have ever met. We will ALL miss her dearly. Until we meet again …

  • Kyle Vodden says:

    I met Gail 4 years ago when I moved to Sun City and joined the Lady 9ers. She was one of the first Ladies to welcome me and make me feel like one of the group. She always had a kind word, and a laugh that was contagious. I will do my best to model her kindness when new ladies join our group. Here’s to you Gail

  • Pat Ramos says:

    Saying Goodby to a good friend. Gayle was a True Friend. True Friends are hard to find difficult to leave and impossible to forget. Will always remember are golf and especially are Hand and Foot games on Wednesday. We share so many memories.💕

  • Bobbi Odegaard says:

    Gail was one of the very best of friends and will be missed by everyone. I was honored to have her in my life.

  • Gail was a dear friend and loved her smile. She will be missed by everyone and blessings to all of the family for your loss.

  • Donna Biagi says:

    You are missed by so many friends than you could
    ever know. I miss you in such a special way, remembering
    good talks and many laughs. God bless you my friend.

  • Marlene Bell says:

    Gail was my Saturday golfing buddy and a wonderful friend. She was the special person you were blessed to have in your life. Saturday mornings will never be the same without Gail.

  • Linda Ryan says:

    Gail was the kind of friend you loved to be around. I will miss that twinkle in her eye and the many laughs. Rest In Peace my friend.

  • Dave Caffrey says:

    Gail and I first met in the late 70s at the Department of Justice. We became friends and formed a team that would carry us through our time at DOJ, the Governor’s Office, and beyond. Almost 25 years. Gail quickly became friends with my wife Sandy, and over the years came to know our 4 children well too. She was even on a first name basis with some of my buddies who would call and come to the office once in a while. Smart, beautiful, personable, competent and efficient, but there was more. Gail had this effortless way of just making you feel comfortable, and confident that you were doing well and things were going to be ok. A rare gift. Thank you for all the years of friendship and support, Gail. You made my life better – Dave.

  • Joann says:

    I am sorry Gail left us so suddenly. However, I can find some comfort knowing she is now with Leon whom she loved so dearly. They were a wonderful couple. Gail’s shinning personality will live with all of her golfing friends and in our hearts.

  • Sherri Makela says:

    I was blessed to have met Gail. She was that warm ray of sunshine that seemed to have followed her whenever we met. There are so many people one meets in their lifetime, but so few that touch your heart and soul and she was truly one of them. She spoke so warmly of her family and I know her strong spirit will be one of love surrounding them always. I miss her dearly.

  • Pamely Underwood says:

    I was so blessed to have met Gail in the 9r’s. Loved golfing with her and we would walk the course and had such a great time with many laughs along the way. She had such a beautiful smile and twinkle in her eyes, and she was defiantly one of a kind. I will miss her dearly. Rest in Peace sweet lady.

  • Joanne Mastalski says:

    Gail was an amazing person who touched so many with her humor, kindness, and caring ways. Am blessed to have known her and for her friendship. Her family was her number one priority and held dearest in her heart. Rest in peace, my friend, till me meet again.

  • Arlene Lizotte says:

    Gail was vivacious, loyal, dignified, dynamic, funny, adventurous, passionate, intelligent, open, and Sun City Niners Club Champion in 2014. Gail was a part of our Wednesday group. Golf, lunch, cards, drink a little bit of wine and yes, alot of laughter. I will miss travels to Aptos with Gail. We enjoyed golf, making puzzles, playing cards, walking the beach, yummy lobster dinners, relaxing and of course laughing.

    Gail spoke lovingly of her daughter, son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren. Always with that beautiful smile and “twinkle “ in her eyes.

    There is never an easy way to say goodbye. I will deeply miss you my friend and I look forward to our laughs when we reunite one day in heaven.

    Your friend in Christ,
    Arlene Lizotte

  • Janet Pilliard says:


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