Joyce Arlene Gabriel
March 18, 1928 - October 24, 2015
Joyce went home to be with Lord October 24th. Fall was her favorite season and she was blessed leave this world on an exceptionally beautiful Autumn day.
Joyce was born in Huron, South Dakota to Edwin and Edna Siegenthaler. The family moved to Salem in 1946. Joyce worked at Hartman Brothers Jewelers. Starting in sales her strong work ethic and bubbly personality soon earned her a promotion to buyer. It was during this time she met and later married her soul mate Charles Chuck Gabriel. Together they were blessed with three children; Charles II, Jay and Michelle.
In 1955 Chuck and Joyce opened what would today be Gabriel’s Furniture. After Chuck’s death in 1975, she and her children made the decision to continue running the business.
The thing Joyce loved more than anything was her family. She loved her children unconditionally. Our mom was more than a mother, she was a fun and supportive friend.
The most common words people used to describe Joyce were “such a sweet lady.” She had a warm smile and giggle for everyone.
Every Christmas she would place an orange in the bottom of her children’s stockings, this became known as ”the humble orange,” as it’s purpose was to remind them to be grateful for their blessings, because as a child the sole item in her own stocking was an orange.
Joyce loved dark chocolate, music especially Blues, mystery novels, the color pink, fresh air, pretty flowers and most of all laughter.
As much as her family misses her we find peace knowing that her free spirited soul is no longer living in a compromised body. We know she is dancing and laughing with Chuck in heaven.
The family would like to thank all the awesome caregivers, staff and residents of the assisted living
Community, where Joyce spent the last year and a half of her life. We appreciate the kindness and compassion you showed our mom.
We would also like to express our gratitude to the staff and volunteers of Serenity Hospice for their incredible, above and beyond, care and support.
In addition to her children Joyce is survived by her beloved “little” brother Pastor Garry “Dean” Siegenthaler, and wife Ruth of Albany.
A viewing will be held from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursday, October 29th at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service, 605 Commercial St. SE, Salem. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 30th, followed by a Celebration of Life, both taking place at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.