Elaine Claire Marie Gabriel
August 26, 1961 – December 21, 2018
Elaine Claire Marie Gabriel of Humboldt, SK, (and formerly of Englefeld, SK), passed away at Humboldt District Hospital on Friday, December 21, 2018. She was 57 years of age. Elaine, the youngest in a family of seven, was born to Clarence and Jeanne (nee Tinant) Gabriel at LeRoy, SK. She was raised on the family farm south of Englefeld. Elaine adored her Mom and Dad and they in turn doted on her. Elaine had a softspot for all the farm animals and pets with one exception, the chickens! Besides helping with chores and housework, Elaine also spent many enjoyable times with her family, reading, singing with mom, biking on the 3-wheeler that Dad had built for her, playing the organ or one of her favorite games – Crokinole – of which she was a self-proclaimed ‘Champ’! From 1970 to 1980, she attended school in Annaheim, SK, under the caring guidance of her teacher, Mrs. Erna Hoffman. Elaine loved those school days with her friends, and also the quiet rides to school with her Dad. Elaine had a great zest for life; her humorous antics often resulted in lots of laughter from family and friends. Favorite times included Christmas, special family occasions, and visits from her siblings, especially if there was a new baby to cuddle. Elaine’s faith was an integral part of her life. In 1996, Elaine moved to Humboldt, where she spent many memorable years. The Group Homes, Futuristic Industries, and St. Mary’s Villa all played significant roles in her life. She greatly enjoyed various activities: Special Olympics, bowling, curling, swimming, going for coffee and on van excursions, watching movies, bingo, jigsaw puzzles, painting, riding her 3 wheeled bike, Camp Easter Seal, the Terry Fox Run, seasonal parties and birthdays with KFC and Ice Cream Cake (her very favourite) and dancing (she knew all the moves)! Her extended family of caregivers, instructors, co-workers, house-mates, and buddies all afforded Elaine rich opportunities and rewarding experiences throughout those years. In return, they were most certain to receive a smile, a giggle, or a heartfelt hug that only Elaine could give! Wherever there was laughter, joking and teasing you could always find Elaine. Our family would like to express our deepest love and gratitude to all those who enabled her to enjoy a life filled with so much love and laughter. Elaine thrived on all the tender loving care she so graciously received from all her many caregivers throughout the years. Their compassionate hearts and helping hands were a bountiful blessing and constant comfort to Elaine and to us her family. Their warm and welcoming ways truly touched all our lives. Elaine was a devoted daughter, special sister, awesome auntie, and faithful friend. Elaine will be dearly missed and lovingly remembered by five siblings: Norbert (Irene) Gabriel and family, Melissa (Ed), Wayne (Amber), Rhonda (Trevor), Sandra (Randy), Mike (Heather), Carmen (Tony), David (Lyndsay), and Dennis (Amy); Suzanne (Glenn) Taphorn and family, Joel (Wanda), Monte (Kathy), Jadah (Greg), and Monique (Aaron); Mark Gabriel; Regina Laybourne and family, Jessica (Dwight), Norey (Wade), Dionne (Mario), Miguel (Rae Ann), Austin, and Shayna (Gerard); and Bernadette (Robert) Gehl and family, Adrienne and Ian; aunt, Bertha Tinant; and by many great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, and friends. Elaine was predeceased by her devoted parents, Clarence (1985) and Jeanne (nee Tinant) Gabriel (2001); brother, Pat Gabriel (1999); brother-in-law, Brian Laybourne (2015); nephew, Gregory Gabriel (1993); great-niece, Kaya Taphorn (2002); paternal grandparents, Bernard and Catherine (nee Schmidt) Gabriel; maternal grandparents, Achille and Gertrude (nee Hoppenreys) Tinant; paternal uncles and aunts: Bernard Gabriel, George Gabriel, Elizabeth Gabriel, Catherine Heasley, Bernadine (Bob) Cowan, Dorothy Ferguson, Theresa Lain, and Julian (Marie) Gabriel; and by her maternal uncles and aunts: Godparents, Joe (Helen) Tinant, Emile (Gertrude) Tinant, Clara (Ludovic) Lacelle, Marie (Julian) Gabriel, and Leo Tinant. The Celebration of Elaine’s Life was held at Holy Guardian Angels R.C. Church, Englefeld, on Saturday, January 5, 2019, at 1:00 p.m., celebrated by Fr. Francis Akomeah. Others taking part were: Joel Taphorn, crossbearer; Adrienne Gehl and Jadah Mensch, scripture readers; Melissa Ratcliffe, intentions; Jessica Bunyan, Norey Hyra and Shayna Bedard, gfitbearers; Mykenzie Taphorn, Ian Gehl, Eddie Ratcliffe and Dawson Gabriel, memorial table attendants; Mark Gabriel, urnbearer; and Regina Laybourne, eulogist. Music ministry was provided by director Manny Lefebvre, organist Sandra Athmer, and members of the Holy Guardian Angels Parish Choir. An honor guard was formed by members of the Englefeld C.W.L. Interment followed at Holy Guardian Angels R.C. Cemetery. Memorial donations may be directed to the St. Mary’s Villa Foundation.
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Schuler-Lefebvre Funeral Chapel - Humboldt, Saskatchewan