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Obituary: Gabel, Rojean Deloris

GABEL, RoJean Deloris (Age 74) Passed away July 25, 2015 at her home in Spokane Valley, WA.

after an eight month battle with pancreatic cancer.

RoJean was born in Meadows, Idaho and moved from Idaho to Prospect, OR.

where the family lived in Skitters logging camp while her father was a logger there for six years.

The family then moved to Grants Pass, OR., where she attended grade school.

At age 15 the family moved to Spokane WA., where she attended North Pines JR. High School and graduated from Central Valley High School.

During her junior year of high school she met her husband to be and they have shared the last 56 years together.

RoJean worked in the dental field for 34 years, but her best job of all was working at Greenacre’s Elementary where four of her grandchildren attended.

She loved seeing them every day and the kids, in return, loved seeing their grandmother every day.

RoJean is survived by her loving husband, Leonard Gabel; daughter, Sheila Martin (Rick) of Spokane Valley, WA; her two sons, Nick Gabel of Tacoma, WA., and Dean Gabel (Celeste) of Spokane Valley, WA; her seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; her sister, Rita Peterson of Spokane Valley, WA; plus numerous nieces and nephews.

RoJean was preceded in death by her father, Ivan Dunken (1950), her Mother Loeta Dunken-McClung (2001) and her grandson, Matthew Martin (1993).

She loved camping, fishing and the Oregon Coast, but most of all spending time with her family.

Funeral services will be held at Hennessey Funeral Home, 1315 N. Pines Road, Friday, July 31st at 10:00 am.

To view RoJean’s online memorial please visit

In lieu of flowers please make donations to Hospice of Spokane.

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