Marilyn Gabel

December 18, 1931August 7, 2018

Marilyn Ruth Gabel was born December 18, 1931 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan to Wayne and Gladys Sharland. She was one of three children. Marilyn passed away on Tuesday August 7, 2018 in Farmington Hills, Michigan at the age of 86. Marilyn was receiving gentle care from Hospice of Michigan at Sunrise of Farmington Hills. Marilyn is survived by; son Peter (Susan) Gabel; and son Christopher (Debbie) Gabel; brother Jack (Jessie) Sharland; grandchild Benjamin (Bret) Gabel, grandchild Robert Gabel, grandchild Dark Angel Star Spiritual (Formerly April Gabel), grandchild Matthew (Elizabeth) Gabel, grandchild Alan (Lisa) Gabel, and grandchild Katie Gabel.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband Norman Gabel and her brother Robert Sharland.

Marilyn worked as a bookkeeper for several companies including Tedrick Professional Photo Finishing Service for many years. Marilyn enjoyed playing bridge, knitting and crafting. She was a long time active member of Redford Aldersgate United Methodist Church. She sang in the church choir and Marilyn was the treasurer for the church as well as the women's association at Aldersgate.

A memorial service for Marilyn will be held. The day and time will be announced.

Contributions in Marilyn's memory may be made to Redford Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 10000 Beech Daly Road, Redford Township, Michigan 48239,

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  • The late Norman Gabel, Husband
  • Peter (Susan) Gabel, of Farmington Hills, MI, Son
  • Christopher (Debbie) Gabel, of Portland, OR, Son
  • Benjamin (Bret) Gabel, of Redford, MI, Grandchild
  • Robert Gabel, of Southfield, MI, Grandchild
  • Dark Angel Star Spiritual (Formerly April Gabel), of Southfield, MI, Grandchild
  • Matthew (Elizabeth) Gabel, of Portland, OR, Grandchild
  • Alan (Lisa) Gabel, of Phoenix, AZ, Grandchild
  • Katie Gabel, of Portland, OR, Grandchild
  • Jack (Jessie) Sharland, of Owasso, MI, Brother
  • The late Robert Sharland, Brother

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Polly Jarvis

August 13, 2018

I was blessed knowing Marilyn during her last few years at Sunrise. A woman of few words but her smile and drive to remain independent was awe-inspiring.

We at Sunrise will miss her dearly and I send my heartfelt condolences to those she touched during her lifetime.

Bret Bergeron

August 9, 2018

I had the distinct honor and pleasure of meeting Marilyn Gabel over a decade ago, getting to know her during frequent family dinners and other similar gatherings. She was warm in spirit and dignified in demeanor. Marilyn always made me feel comfortable to be in her presence with a kind and gentle nature that put me at ease. Whenever I spoke with her, Marilyn made me feel as if I were the only person in the room, with her undivided attention fully engaged in what we were sharing with each other. Her cheerful smile would light up the room and remind me that there is a bright side to even the most difficult of challenges around us. Though she may now be physically absent from our lives, the memory of Marilyn and how she touched each of us with her grace will live on among us. – Bret