Riverside Funeral Home Albuquerque Los Lunas Santa Fe New Mexico


Helen Walda Abolin Gabel
March 03, 1921 -- November 12, 2017

Helen Walda Abolin Gabel passed away on November 12, 2017 from natural causes at the age of 96. Helen was born in 1921 in Philadelphia, PA, to a Latvian immigrant engineer, Henry Abolin, and his youthful wife Leanore.  Despite the hardships of the Great Depression and World War II, Helen danced in the Corps de Ballet with the Philadelphia Opera while she ran the sales department for Whitman's Chocolates.  After the war she followed Frank Gabel, the sailor brother of her best friend, out to Albuquerque, where they married and Helen worked as a valued secretary at First National Bank.  Frank and Helen soon purchased a homestead in the North Valley, in which she lived until her final days. Helen established a loving and welcoming home for her six children and their many friends, in-laws and grandchildren.  For many years she provided a Sunday afternoon dinner for the entire crew.  In her "retirement" years, Helen exercised, hiked and went on expeditions with the North Valley Senior Center.  She and her friends attended cultural events, concerts, and plays several times a week, ushered at the Albuquerque Little Theater and held season tickets with the Albuquerque Symphony. Helen's life was not without difficulty.  She lost several children to prematurity.  Her husband suffered a crippling automobile accident in l961. She outlived all the friends and relatives of her own generation, with Frank preceding her in death in 2011.  Nonetheless, her sunny spirit and inherent trust in the goodness of life never flagged, earning her the nickname "Bodhisattva in Apron Strings." She is survived by her six living children:  Helen Ruth Gabel (Philip Notermann), Anne Frances Cressin (Michael Cressin), Joseph Paul Gabel (Elizabeth Budd Gabel), Barbara Jane Howell (Robert Howell), David Michael Gabel and Mary Caroline Gabel (Charles Schrier).  She is also mourned by nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.  Her memory will be tenderly treasured by all who knew her.  A Memorial Service will be celebrated on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Riverside Funeral of Albuquerque beginning with visitation at 12:00 PM, followed by Memorial Service at 1:00 PM. 

Arrangements Entrusted to:

Riverside Funeral Home of Albuquerque

225 San Mateo Blvd. NE 


Alicia Perry November 15, 2017

Friend/ex-coworker to Mary Gabel

Mary, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I also wanted to let you know we miss you over here and think of you often. Alicia

Paul Attermeier November 16, 2017

Friend of Mary

Hi, Mary I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was obviously a very special woman. Please accept my condolences for you and your family. I’ll be thinking of you. Paul Attermeier

M.W. December 15, 2017

Dear Gabel Family, I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Times like this can be very difficult to deal with. At times, you may feel like there is no one to turn to. You may even feel like no one understands your pain. But there is one person we can turn to that can help us through all of our trials. Yes, God can help you during this difficult time. Pray to him constantly and he will help you. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4 Isa. 26:19)