Marcella Gabriel Obituary

September 3, 2017 Obituary

Marcella J. Gabriel, Salem, Ohio - obit

SALEM, Ohio – Marcella J. Gabriel, age 78, of Salem, died at 4:00 a.m. on Monday, September 4, 2017 at the Salem Regional Medical Center.

She was born on May 13, 1939 in West Point, the daughter of the late Andrew and Margaret (Leskovinski) Kemats, Sr.

Marcella was a member of the St. Paul Catholic Church, a volunteer at the St. Paul Food Pantry, volunteered at Bingo and served on the funeral buffet committee.

She had been employed as a waitress for eight years at the former Neon Restaurant in Salem.

Survivors include a son, Joseph E. Gabriel of Homeworth; a daughter, Margaret “Margee” (Richard) Detrow of Salineville; a very special friend of the family, Gary Eckert; a sister, Barbara Fortney of Salem; a brother, Andrew Kemats, Jr. of Salem; three grandchildren, Erick (Alicia) Corfee, Correy (Kayla) Anderson and Chelsee (James) Shaw and six great-grandchildren, Sophia and Geno Corfee, Aubree and Colton Anderson, Emma Grace and Olivia Shaw.

Preceding her in death on May 28, 2000 was her husband, Eugene S. Gabriel, whom she married August 27, 1960; two sisters, Pauline M. Penkava and Margaret Sanlo and a brother, John M. Kemats, Sr.

A funeral mass will be 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the St. Paul Catholic Church.

Calling hours will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017 at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home.

Interment will be at Hope Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent online at

A television tribute will air Thursday, September 7 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.