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Gabriel Leonard Jellen

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November 8, 1931 - June 20, 2015 Gabe Jellen passed away on June 20, 2015, surrounded by family at his home in Sherman Oaks. He was a cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic from 1963 to 1999. Previously, he played in the Stan Kenton Band and with symphony orchestras in Tulsa, St. Louis, and New Orleans. In New Orleans, he married Janet Maesch, a violist, with whom he had two sons, Michael (Mike) and Eric (Rick). The joys of Gabe's life were his family, including the two sons he raised by himself and his grandchildren and great-granddaughter; fishing for bass and in the surf; cooking; smoking a fine cigar; watching whichever California baseball team happened to be winning at the time; and listening to "serious" music. Gabe is survived by his sisters Diana Gionet of Las Vegas and Elaine (Ron) Stein of Beverly Hills; his brother Bob (Meytal) of Calabasas; sons Mike (Beth) of Santa Monica and Rick (Trish) of Orem, Utah; 6 grandchildren, and 1 great-granddaughter.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 24 to June 28, 2015
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