Friday, October 29, 2010

Steven G. Gabriel

Steven G. Gabriel, age 67, passed away unexpectedly Friday October 29, 2010, at Froedtert Hospital. Steven was born in Chicago, IL May 13, 1943, son of the late Steven and Susan (nee: Fako) Gabriel, and was preceded in death by his sister, Betty Jane DiMucci.

On September 5, 1965, at Park Presbyterian Church in Streator, IL, Steve married the love of his life, Judy Elizabeth Genseke, and together shared forty-five wonderful years. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Political Science. Furthering his education, Steven also attained a degree in Law from DePaul University and his MBA from the University of Chicago.

He and his family moved to Racine in 1974 when he started his employment with Heritage Bank, now Johnson Bank. Steve began his career with the bank by starting the Trust Department and remained with Johnson Bank until his retirement. He had been a member of the Racine Downtown Rotary Club and served on the boards of the DeKoven Foundation, The Taylor Home, and Wustum Museum.

Throughout his life, Steve’s main interest remained in the world of art. He was an artist himself and enjoyed sculpting and painting. Steve supported the local art community and the community at large. He worked closely with the Henry Moore Foundation in England and collected drawings, prints, books and sculpture. He published a book entitled “Henry Moore in Castleford.” He worked with other experts to identify forged works of art being sold as originals. Steve was proud to have completed three marathons. He had a great sense of humor and a generous heart. His greatest joy was for his family. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Judy; daughters, Elizabeth Gabriel of Racine, and Stephanie (Mike) Gonzales of Albuquerque, New Mexico; grandchildren, Isabel and Ian; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Vernon and Elizabeth Genseke; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Vito DiMucci, Fred (Diane), John (Janet), Dean (Karen), Greg (Vicki), Bruce (Cindy) Genseke and Karen Maloni; cousin, William (Rosemary) Krc; and other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home Saturday, November 6, 2010, from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. At 2 p.m. a Rememberance service will be held giving relatives and friends a chance to share memories. After 3 p.m. a reception will follow at the family home. Memorials to the Prairie School or to the Wustum Museum have been suggested.

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

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