Gabriel White, 1936-2015
A memorial service for Gabriel “Gabby” White will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Theodore Catholic Church in Albert Lea. Visitation will begin at noon. Military honors will be accorded by Albert Lea area veterans organizations.
Gabby passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, after battling cancer. He was 78.
Gabby was born in Albert Lea on Dec. 28, 1936, and has been a lifelong resident.
Gabby will be remembered as a devout Christian, a patriot and a dedicated family man. He loved nothing more than watching his children and grandchildren play various sports, and loved taking them hunting and fishing.
Gabby joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17 and finished his distinguished military career with the National Guard, totaling 28 years of service to his beloved country.
More than anything, Gabby loved having his good friends and family at his home with Mary, enjoying cooking good food, having a few cold beers and a lot of laughs. He lived life to the fullest with no regrets and inspired everyone around him to do the same. He will be missed greatly.
Gabby is survived by his wife, Mary; son, Jeff (Lisa) White; daughters Lisa (Steve) Dulas, Tracie (Ed) Bellrichard and Mona (Pete) Nelson; grandchildren JT, Trent and Tanner Bellrichard, Nick Dulas, and Avery and Jaxon White; and sisters Marti (Osnes) Townsend and Marie Bratsch; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gabby was preceded in death by his mother and father Guadalupe and Frank White; his mother and father in-law, Arnie and Helen Moen; brothers Cliff Medina, Fred Medina and Paul White; sisters Mary Medina, Josephine Freese, Connie Anderson and Francis Menard.
Memorials are preferred to St. Theodore Catholic School.