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Mary Ann Gobel Obituary
Gobel, Mary Ann

Mary Ann Gobel of Ellison Bay, was called home unexpectedly on December 25, 2012. Mary Ann was born in Juddville, WI, on May 9, 1940, to Dewey and Ethel Charney. Mary Ann attended Ellison Bay Grade School and was a 1958 graduate of Gibraltar High School. She married Kenneth Gobel on September 20, 1958, recently celebrating 54 years of love.

Mary Ann wore many hats. She and Kenny bought Ellison Bay Mobil (Ellison Bay Service) in 1975, where she spent years greeting customers with her warm, welcoming smile. Her inviting personality is also remembered by customers at Rudy's, Al Johnson's Swedish Restaurant, C & C Club, Hotel Du Nord, and Claytons Supper Club.

Mary Ann volunteered in her community in many ways. She was organizer of the first Olde Ellison Bay Days Talent Show, Sunday School Superintendent, Vacation Bible School teacher, Boy Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout leader, and 4-H mentor. Mary Ann loved her time as a volunteer at Zion Lutheran and Stella Maris Churches, Scandia Nursing Home and Bargains Unlimited. She enjoyed reading, keeping journals, playing the piano, spending time with family, and caring for animals. Mary Ann made all those around her feel cared for and special.

Mary Ann is survived by her husband, Kenneth Gobel; son, Kirk (Kimberly Hall) Gobel; daughter, Bridget (Doug) Schopf; brother, Roger (Joyce) Charney; mother-in-law, Ellen Gobel; and sister-in-law, Joyce Leander. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Erika (Gobel) Ramos, Derek, Zachary, and Skyler Schopf; two great-grandchildren, Daiten and Adrianna Ramos; and many nieces and nephews.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Ethel Charney; father-in-law, Marcus Gobel; infant son, Kendall Neil Gobel; brothers, Ralph and Wallace Charney; and sister, Harriet Stadler.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Stella Maris Church, Sister Bay on Monday, December 31, at 11 a.m. A time of fellowship and remembering will follow in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund in Mary Ann's name will be established to the Door County Humane Society, in honor of her overwhelming love for animals. Condolences for the family may be offered online at www.caspersonfuneralhome.com.

Published in Door County Advocate on Dec. 29, 2012
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