MARSHALL - "A Celebration of the life of Don" for Donald Gabriel will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 1301 S 4th St in Marshall, with visitation starting at 10 a.m.
Donald Harry "Gabe" Gabriel was born April 5, 1929, in Battle Lake. He graduated from the 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. On July 20, 1984, Gabe was united in marriage to Lucille Berge-Hexum. Don also had his own band and played in many others both in Minnesota and Texas.
Don died peacefully on Jan. 30, 2013, very peacefully at Life Care Hospital in McAllen, Texas, after suffering a massive stroke at their winter home in Weslaco, Texas, on Dec. 29, 2012.
Grateful for being in his life are his wife, Lucille; daughter, Gabrielle' 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.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; parents-in-law, 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.
Don made many friends with his very positive attitude and with his excellent piano tuning, playing piano and his horns and with his singing. Don will be greatly missed!
Condolences may be sent to Box 55, Lynd MN 56157.
Blessed be the memory of Donald "Gabe" Gabriel.