Sister Gabel Obituary

Sister Joan Gabel
Sister Joan Gabel
Sister Joan Gabel

January 1, 1932 - April 30, 2012
Born in Chicago, Illinois
Resided in Johnston, IA
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Sister Joan Gabel, CHM, (Sister Mary Georgene), 80, died Monday, April 30, 2012 at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, Johnston, IA. Services at Bishop Drumm Our Lady of Peace Chapel, Johnston, are Thursday, May 3: Rosary at 4 and Vigil at 7 p.m. At Humility of Mary Center Magnificat Chapel, Davenport, IA: Friday, May 4, Rosary at 4 and Vigil at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be Saturday, May 5, 11a.m. at Magnificat Chapel. Burial follows in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Davenport.

Joan Rita Gabel was born to Elmer George and Mary (Hughes) Gabel on January 1, 1932 in Chicago, IL. On January 6, 1951 she entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM), professing vows on July 29, 1953. She received a BA in Elementary Education from Marycrest College, Davenport, IA and an MA in Theology from Xavier University, Chicago, IL.

Sister Joan taught in elementary schools in Iowa, Minnesota and Mississippi, including St. Alphonsus, Davenport and Our Lady of Lourdes, Bettendorf. She did pastoral ministry and religious education in Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa, Toluca, El Paso and Litchfield, Illinois and Kokomo, Indiana. She also guided new members entering the CHM community. Sister Joan was a caring person who maintained a lively interest in current theological reflections. Family was important to her and she researched and wrote about the family history.

Sister was preceded in death by her parents, brother Joseph, and sisters Cecilia "Cele" Lydon and Elizabeth "Bette" Folliard. She is survived by a sister-in-law, Blanche Gabel, many nieces and nephews, as well as CHM Sisters and Associates.

Memorials may be made to the Congregation of the Humility of Mary.





Humility of Mary Center
820 W. Central Park Avenue
Davenport, IA US 52804
Saturday, May 5, 2012
11:00 AM


Congregation of the Humility of Mary
820 W. Central Park Ave.
Davenport, IA US 52804