Mary Ann Gabel, 85, Hays, died Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, at Homestead of Hays.

She was born Oct. 28, 1933, in Antonino to Jacob and Amelia (Werth) Haas. She attended Girls Catholic High School and later received her GED.

She married Leon N. Gabel on Aug. 6, 1951, in Hays and they celebrated over 51 years of marriage before he preceded her in death March 12, 2003. She was a homemaker, farmwife, a cook at Thomas More Prep-Marian High School and St. John New Horizons, substitute rural mail carrier, Southwestern Bell Telephone operator, and a volunteer at the ARC Thrift Shop.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, and Daughters of Isabella Circle No. 254. She enjoyed gardening, sewing, baking, praying the rosary, and gambling trips with her husband.

Survivors include a son, Anthony “Tony” Gabel and wife, Christine, Hays; five daughters, Carol Legleiter and husband, Clarence, Hays, Jackie Rothenberger and husband, Danny, Olathe, Amy Dreiling and husband, Dave, Colwich, Nicki Russell and husband, Blair, Abbott, Texas and Kim Schmidtberger and husband, Ron, Victoria;17 grandchildren, Frank Legleiter and wife, Donna, Leon Legleiter and wife, Carrie, Matthew Legleiter, AJ Jensen and wife, Theresa, Nick Jensen and wife, Melissa, Christopher Rothenberger and wife, Heather, Joshua Dreiling, Kenton Dreiling and wife, Lindsay, Phillip Dreiling and wife, Nichole, Kenneth Wolf and wife, JJ, Jessica Neill and husband, Chris, Lucas Wolf and wife, Lauren, Cassie Hanks and husband, David, Cammie Whisman and husband, Geoff, Cody Schmidtberger, Michael Gabel, and Stephen Gabel; 23 great-grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Kathleen Gabel Jensen; two sisters, Helen Koerner and husband, Ervin, and Alvera Boos and husband, Gilbert, a son-in-law, Bob Hudson; and a granddaughter, Monique Rothenberger

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Hays; burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 9 to 9:45 a.m, Tuesday, both at Hays Memorial Chapel Funeral Home, 1906 Pine, Hays, KS 67601.

A Daughters of Isabella rosary will be at 5:30 p.m. Monday, followed by a vigil at 6:30 p.m., both at the funeral home.

Memorials are suggested to TMP in care of the funeral home.

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