Donald Gabriel, 83, died peacefully, Jan, 30, 2013, at Life Care Hospital in McAllen, Texas, after suffering a massive stroke at his winter home in Weslaco, Texas, Dec. 29, 2012. “A Celebration of the life of Don” will be held at 11 a.m., Sat., June 8, at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1301 S. 4th St., Marshall, with visitation starting at 10 a.m.
Donald Harry “Gabe” Gabriel was born in Battle Lake, April 5, 1929. He graduated from Minnesota School for the Blind in Faribault, May 28, 1948. He moved to Marshall in 1951 fixing radios and tuning many pianos for over 60 years.
He married Lucille Berge-Hexum, July 20 1984, He also had his own band and played in many others both in Minnesota and Texas.
Grateful for being in his life are his wife; daughter, Gabriellé B. (and James) Heard; stepchildren, Sheryl Tverberg, Daryl Otten, Cindy Tubbs, Gwendolyn Janigian, Ben (and Jennifer) Hexum; step-grandchildren, Dr. Tammy Zimmel, Travis and Jessica Tubbs, Matthew (and Luisa), Rachel and Rebecca Bueno, Peter and Leah Janigian, Andrew, Devin and Derek Hexum; great-grandson, Ryan Bueno; brother-in-law, Lyle Berge; uncle, Jim Anderson; nephews, Terry (and Sue) Nelson, and Tom (and Beth) Nelson; and many other relatives.
Preceding him in death were his parents; in-laws, Martin and Etta Berge; step-granddaughter, Kim Tverberg; sister and brother-in-law, Merv and Betty Nelson; sister and brother-in-law, Linda and Mich Hasch; uncles and aunts; and two wives, Linnea and Shirley.
He made many friends with his very positive attitude and with his excellent piano tuning, playing piano, his horns and with his singing. He will be greatly missed.
Condolence may be sent to Box 55, Lynd MN 56157.
Blessed be the memory of Donald “Gabe” Gabriel.
Hamilton Funeral Home, of Marshall, is in charge of the arrangements.