COUDERSPORT - Gunnery Sergeant Max J. Gaberseck, 56, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away with his loving family by his side on Saturday (Oct. 11, 2014) at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after a two-year recurring illness.
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Born June 7, 1958, in Coudersport, he was a son of Joseph R. Gaberseck Sr. and Florence E. Haynes Gaberseck Rossman. On June 3, 1978, in Coudersport, he married Cindy L. Nichols, who survives.
He was a graduate of Coudersport High School, Class of 1977. Max enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in his senior year of high school. He faithfully served his country for 21 years, retiring in 1998. During his time in the service, he served several tours of duty, including the Gulf War. After retiring from the service, Max was employed as the head custodian at Coudersport Elementary School until the time of his death.
Max was a life member and past commander of American Legion Post #192 in Coudersport, a life member of the Austin VFW Post #7810, and was currently serving as secretary/treasurer of the Potter County Honor Guard. He was also a member of the Black Forest Conservation Association in Coudersport.
Max enjoyed hunting, reloading his own ammunition, gardening and spending time at his camp. He was a very talented artist. He most especially loved spending time with his family.
Surviving, besides his wife and his mother, both of Coudersport, are two daughters, Amber M. (Sarah) Gaberseck of Parker and Holly A. Gaberseck of Coudersport; three grandchildren, Cheyenne L. Barger, Austin Barger, and Sean Barger, all of Parker; two brothers, Joseph R. (Louann) Gaberseck of Eldred and Andrew D. (Marlene) Gaberseck of Coudersport; a sister, Nila R. (Steven) Gerner of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.
Max was preceded in death by his father.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at American Legion Post #192, Coudersport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday with the Rev. Steven D. Small Jr., pastor of the Southern Potter United Methodist Charge, officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery in Odin. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors on Thursday.
Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family. Memorials in Max's name may be made to American Legion Post #192, 2 Buffalo St., Coudersport, PA 16915; or Austin VFW Post #7810, Costello Avenue, Austin, PA 16720.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Max, visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.
Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home
118 South Union St.
Shinglehouse, PA 16748
Published in The Bradford Era from Oct. 14 to Oct. 21, 2014