October 21, 1943 – January 7, 2020
Karen Gabbert, 76, passed away on January 7, 2020. Karen moved to Florida with her beloved husband Oscar and two sons in 1980. She worked as a salesclerk until she retired in 2015. Karen loved to watch the sunsets and spending time with family and friends. She especially adored her grandchildren. Karen was a passionate hockey fan enjoyed going to Lightning games with her son. She also enjoyed going to weekly movies and lunches with her best friend Judy. Karen was a giving person and participated in a crochet ministry that made hats, scarfs, and blankets for the homeless and those in need. She also volunteered at Brooker Creek Elementary and loved to help others in any way that she was could.
Karen is survived by; son Rick Gabbert (Danielle Gabbert) of Tarpon Springs; and son Mike Gabbert (Angie Gabbert) of Clearwater; granddaughter Ashley Callin (Kevin Callin), grandson Connor Gabbert, granddaughter Brianna Gabbert and great grandson Oliver Callin. Karen was loved by all who knew her, and she will be greatly missed.
Celebration of Life
Saturday, January 25, 2020
January 14, 2020
I met Karen when I was 16 years old through her son Rick. We had dated for a year in high school. Then about a year ago we crossed paths again, this time at my hospital where I work. She recognized me immediately! I just couldn’t believe it, she opened up her arms and gave me a big hug. I would go and visit her often, we just sit and hold hands and she would tell me about her grandkids. Whenever she would return to the hospital we would simply just catch up where we left off. I felt blessed to get to be there for her and make her feel more at ease being somewhere other than her home. She always thanked me for coming to see her. I am grateful for the time we got to spend together and for being there for Rick, Danielle, Mikey and all the kids. She is at peace now and back with her husband watching over all of us. She was a kind, sweet, thoughtful woman who adored her entire family.