Fanchon Gordon Sabel
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Fanchon Gordon Sabel, 86, of Atlanta formerly of Evansville, passed away April 14, 2013 with her daughter Debbie by her side. Fanchon was a beloved wife, mother, nana, friend and teacher known for her gracious and intelligent manner. Soft spoken but strong when it mattered, Fanchon was born in Chicago in 1926 to Meyer and Eleanor Gordon.
She attended the University of Iowa and the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana. During college she met and married Emanuel (Manny) Sabel in 1946. They lived in Memphis where Manny was attending Optometry school; Fanchon graduated from Memphis State University in 1947.
Following Optometry school the Sabels moved to Evansville, Manny's hometown. Son Michael was born in 1950, and Debra followed in 1953. Fanchon was a devoted wife and mother, but also enjoyed a brief career in the new medium of television. She served as Miss Nancy, the cheerful hostess on the children's show Romper Room.
Fanchon earned a master's degree and in 1962 became a teacher of English literature at Harrison High School, a position she held for 24 years. Known as fair but tough, Fanchon earned the respect of her students, including her two children.
Fanchon was president of the local PTA and Hadassah chapter, volunteered as a museum docent and taught Sunday School at the Washington Avenue Temple. She and Manny were active in temple activities and in the larger community.
In 1992 Fanchon's world brightened forever when her granddaughter Shira Metter, daughter of Debra and her husband Steven, was born. Fanchon and Manny considered Steven a son and spent 18 months with the Metters in New Jersey as Steven battled and ultimately succumbed to brain cancer. In 2008 Fanchon moved from Evansville to Atlanta to be near Shira and Debra. In 2011 she lost her beloved son Michael.
Graveside funeral services will be held at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Evansville, at 2:30 PM Thursday April 18, 2013. Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel will be handling the arrangements. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Jewish National Fund (jnf.org) Tree Planting Center or The
ZIEMER FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL
800 S HEBRON AVE EVANSVILLE, AL 47714-4075
Published in Courier Press on Apr. 17, 2013