OBITUARY

Gabrielle Maria Klimkowski

November 17, 1991July 23, 2018

Gabrielle Maria Klimkowski, the beloved daughter of Paul and Camilla Klimkowski was born into a Navy family. She grew up as a military child to include multiple moves and school changes, living on both east and west coasts, as well as outside the continental United States and overseas. She considered Northern Virginia her home.

She was proud to be a Mountaineer from West Virginia University and pursued her major as a Graphic Design artist. To Gabrielle family was very important. She was proud of her family’s history of serving in the Military and her heart was always with the Navy. In her way, she continued to serve, as an employee at Duty First Consulting. A company that supports agencies of the federal government and our Veterans.

Gabrielle cherished her friends and maintained contact with them around the world. Many, who were especially dear to her heart, were right here in Arlington, Falls Church, and Fairfax, Virginia.

Finally, Gabrielle was keenly aware of animals with special needs. Some of the organizations, that she felt were beneficial are Friends of Homeless Animals and the Wounded Paw Project. Her interested led her to research their programs, their accomplishments, and to donate financially to show her support. Also, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) was extremely important to her. It is a well established organization with a history of disclosure, a broad base of outreach, and many success stories. Therefore, if you find any of these organizations to be of interest, consider their work and show your support in honor of Gabrielle.

A Life Celebration and Visitation for Gabrielle Maria Klimkowski will take place from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Murphy Funeral Home, 1102 West Broad Street, Falls Church, VA 22046.

The Funeral Mass will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 6, 2018 at St. Philip Catholic Church, 7500 St. Philip's Court, Falls Church, VA 22042. Burial at Columbia Gardens Cemetery, 3411 Arlington Blvd. Arlington, VA 22201.

Contributions in Gabrielle's memory may be made to Friends of Homeless Animals, www.foha.org; Wounded Paw Project, www.woundedpawproject.org; and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, www.aspca.org

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, August 5, 2018
REMEMBERING

Gabrielle Maria Klimkowski

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Pauline S.

October 29, 2018

Dear Camilla and Paul, family and friends,
I am sending my sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful Gabrielle. She was quite an accomplished young lady because she had all of you in her life. God bless each of you.

Danielle Lee

September 4, 2018

Dear favorite cousin,
I miss you every day. I hold our laughs, jokes, and memories very dear to my heart. You were wise beyond your years and understood so many things about God, life, and animals that we would only hope to one day comprehend.
When I see a beautiful cloud or especially colorful sunset, I smile to myself and think, “Gabrielle had to have designed that.” Auntie Camilla and Uncle Paul... It’s as if God said I’ll make you a deal. I’ll give you a smart, beautiful, talented daughter that you will cherish and that will touch the lives of many, but after 26 years, I’ll bring her home to me. Would you take the deal? I think it’s a deal that you, me, and everyone else fortunate enough to meet Gabrielle would take over and over again. Some people have quality of life and others have quantity of life. You, my sweet cousin, had quality of life. I love you forever. No goodbye... see you later.

Cynthia Gracianette-Fuerst

September 3, 2018

Dear Gabrielle,

We are so sad that we will never see you again. You will always be a beautiful and talented young woman in our memories.

Dear Paul and Camilla,

If we could take some of your sadness away, we would do so. We are mourning Gabrielle every day and thinking of you. I cannot imagine your pain but please know that the Klimkowskis are much loved by so many. I hope our collective thoughts are reaching out to you to support you at this time.

Love,

Cynthia and Bernd

Peter Kelly

August 21, 2018

Dear Camilla and Paul,

It is with tremendous sadness to express to you both the passing of your lovely daughter. Gabby always brought a smile and laughter to not only myself but to all that she knew. She is now among the angels and I for one will miss the angel she was here on earth.

Camilla Klimkowski

August 20, 2018

My dear pumpkin...I see how many lives you impacted with love, kindness and friendship. You cared for all of God's creatures great and small with unconditional love!! Prayers are being said from all over the world... You impacted people in such a short amount of time in your beautiful 26 years then most people can in their life time!!! You lived your life giving and doing for others with your whole heart and gave of yourself with all your heart!! Your laughter, humor, compassion and love of people, animals and God was noted and felt! Please know you are MISSED and you are a part of many peolpes lives and in their hearts forever!! Friends and co-workers will have a part of you in them because of your love and inspiration you gave them and how you stood by what you believed in and things you felt strong for fighting for! You stood for family, friends, country and God! And helped those in need and animals too! You will always be my pumpkin!! And I will always be your Memo as you called me... I know you are with Jesus and happy!! You are prayed for everyday and NEVER forgotten!! Love Mommy

Georgette Velez

August 12, 2018

My PRECIOUS, BEAUTIFUL niece,
What a JOY and BLESSING you are! There are so many memories I hold dear (putting 73 candles on Grandma Berenice’s birthday cake, trips to Uncle Brian’s farm in Florida.) Among my favorites are the “Blast from the Past” trip Danielle and I took with you and your mom. How fun it was to show you our Detroit roots…where we grew up, the schools we attended, and so much more. We made fatayer for dinner at Aunt Violet’s, then you and Danielle decided to have a “midnight fatayer party” on your own!
Once I came to visit you in Arlington, and I had just donated my hair to “Locks of Love.” Hair that short was something new for me. What PATIENCE as you took the time to straighten and style my hair!
Your COMPASSION was evident this last birthday, when I asked what I could get you. Without missing a beat, you asked for a donation to an animal shelter in my area.
Two years ago, I again came to the DC area. Your dad took us out to an amazing restaurant, the Hamilton. When the server came over for beverages, I was immediately aware of your SENSITIVITY as you asked to get herbal tea for me, because you knew I liked it.
I will always carry your LOVE in my heart. You will always be… my favorite niece, and I will always be… your devoted Aunt GG.
"Families Can Be Together Forever"

Claudia (Klimkowski) LaFlash

August 6, 2018

My sweet cousin, you are so so loved. So many people hold you in our hearts and minds. Thank you for filling my childhood with your friendship and companionship as only a cousin can. I’ll always think of you every time I see Harimone Granger. I’ll always think of the days of sitting on Uncle Mark’s trampoline and just talking all evening. I love that we connected even more through social media in recent years. Thank you for the memories. There is just something about family that no matter how far or how long we’ve been away, we can just pick right back up and be immidately close and sharing and joking again. I look forward to that day! I know we’ll have lots of stories to share.

Katy Draper

August 6, 2018

Gabby,

We just laid you to rest, one of the toughest days of my life. We are now gathered at Pistones and it’s amazing to me to see all the people you have touched. Not surprising at all though. I hope you know how loved you were and will continue to be. You left a huge impact on my life that will not soon be forgotten. I love you so much, your friendship has been one of a lifetime. Rest In Peace sweet Gabs.

To Paul and Camilla,

You guys raised an amazing woman, I know you are so proud of her. I am keeping you all in my thoughts. Gabby was one of a kind, and so very loved. I love you both. I am ALWAYS here for anything you need.

Ernesto Hernandez

August 6, 2018

Gabby, there many loving PAWs wagging at the Rainbow Bridge for you.

Paul & Camilla, our deepest regrets but God will carry and love you.

Love and Wet Noses,

Ernesto Hernandez III

Ray Farmer

August 5, 2018

I regretfully add my voice to the many expressions of condolences to Gabby's family and friends as you grapple with her loss. I did not know her for a substantial length of time, but our many interactions within our office were always congenial, witty and wry with her warm sense of humor. As the father of teenage daughters, her eclectic footwear was endlessly fascinating to me and she was generous enough on a few occasions to let me photograph her shoes to text a pic of them to my daughters--as I would not have done a good job describing them. (The photo attached is of a pair she wore last July ). She was missed when she left our company for a new opportunity earlier this year and I am certain she will missed always by those who were closest to her. May the memory of the years spent with her be a comfort in this time of grief for all who knew and loved her.
RF