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Mary M. Gabel

Posted By Scott Hanes On January 19, 2015 @ 7:48 pm In Obituaries | 7 Comments

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Mary M. Gabel, 87, of Fremont, OH passed away on January 17, 2015 at Elmwood Assisted Living in Fremont, OH after a brief illness. She was born on April 1, 1927 in Fostoria, OH the daughter of Ralph A. and Helen B. (Hoffbauer) Finsel. She was a 1945 graduate of St. Wendelin H.S. and received a Bachelor of Arts from Notre Dame College, Cleveland, OH in 1949. She also attended Bowling Green State University where worked towards a Master’s Degree in Education. Mary also attended Piano Institutes in Music at BGSU each summer in Pedagogy.

Mary married Herbert A. Gabel on September 8, 1951 at St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Fostoria and he preceded her in death on March 18, 2014. Mary was a mother and homemaker. Then at age 42 she became a teacher and business department chairperson at St. Joseph Central Catholic High School for ten years. She also taught business at Terra Community College for twenty-two years. She enjoyed life and being a wife, mother, grandmother and teacher. Mary was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Millersville where she was a charter member of the Parish Council, CCD teacher for eight years, officer of the Rosary Alter and a substitute teacher. She started the SJCC Alumni Business Club. Mary was a Charter Member of the Christian Fellowship and was as a Trustee on the Board of Directors of the Alumni Association at Terra.

Mary then began teaching the piano, keyboard and organ full time in 1990 from her home studio having taught over 250 students of all ages. She took pride in her students performing at the recitals at Our Lady of the Pines, Heidelburg College, Terra and BGSU. She and Herb established the Gabel Music Library at the Terra. She was a member of the National Musical Arts Council of Ohio, Ohio Retired Teachers Association and SCORTA. Her hobbies included gardening, reading, initiating projects, and spoiling her grandchildren. She was currently serving on the “Friends of Birchard Library” committee, remained active in the Cursillo Movement and taught calligraphy in her home.

Mary is survived by her daughters, Marianne Gabel and Joanne (Chris) Kosta both of Fremont and Claranne (Dave) Bohn, Bloomdale, OH; son-in-law, Randy Walker, Kennesaw, GA; sister, Mildred Naderer, Fostoria; grandchildren, Jennifer (Dave) Falleson, Matthew and Mark Walker and Kateri (Vish Jennings) Kosta, Megan Kosta and Emily (Jake) Zbierajewski, Rachel and Sarah Campbell.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Herbert; daughter, Rosanne Gabel Walker; siblings, Norman Finsel, Ursula Maciejewski, Barbara Zoltanski , Charles Finsel, and Catherine Nofziger.

Visitation: Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E. State St., Fremont, OH with a vigil at 7:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, January 24, 2015; 10:30 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church- Millersville, 865 Ohio 635, Helena, OH 43435 with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church.

Burial: St. Mary Cemetery, Millersville, OH

Memorials: NAMI, SJCC, Terra State Community College Music Department or Notre Dame College

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#1 Condolence By Karen (Lehmann) Jordan On January 19, 2015 @ 8:09 pm

I know I speak for the entire Lehmann family as I express my sorrow at Mary’s passing. She has touched all of our lives with her gentleness, grace and loving example throughout the years. We all have admired her greatly.

We will keep Mary’s family in our thoughts and prayers and she will remain in our memories with great fondness.

#2 Condolence By Joan Knight (Burkett) On January 19, 2015 @ 10:06 pm

So sorry for your loss . Mrs. Gabel was the best typing teacher and I remember when she brought in the LP album “Jesus Christ Superstar” for us to listen to in 1971. She is now in Heaven with Rosie, my classmate and friend.

#3 Condolence By Laura (Widman) Eckel and family On January 20, 2015 @ 1:05 pm

So sorry to hear of Mary passing….she was a great lady and I really enjoyed her piano lessons! Our thoughts are with you during this time…

#4 Condolence By Cindy Notestine On January 20, 2015 @ 9:43 pm

JoAnn,I’m very sorry for the loss of your mother..you have my deepest sympathy and I will keep you and your family in my prayers…♡Cindy Notestine

#5 Condolence By Sherry Weiker On January 22, 2015 @ 2:23 pm

I met Mary when I took piano lessons from her in 2009. What a great lady.
I will always remember her with fondness for her influence in helping me to
bring beautiful music into my life. Playing piano is a wonderful mental
diversion from life’s troubles. For this I am grateful. I have attended most
recitals at Terra since 2009 and enjoyed them and seeing Mary greatly.
She was always happy to see her students. She will be missed.

#6 Condolence By Jamie On January 22, 2015 @ 2:40 pm

Just want to say I am sorry for your loss , and I want to thank you for sharing mom with us. She was a beautiful lady and a joy to know and will be greatly missed by us all at Elmwood once again thanks for sharing mom with us may God be with during this time much love Jamie

#7 Condolence By Tom and Ellen Leite On January 23, 2015 @ 3:10 am

To the Family of Mary Gabel,
Mary touched the lives of many. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family during this difficult time,
Tom and Ellen Leite


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