Stephen "Gabe" Gabrielsen
{ "" }
Share Stephen's life story with friends and family
Send an Email
Or Copy this URL to Share
Gabrielsen, Stephen "Gabe" Age 73, of Golden Valley, MN, passed away peacefully Monday, April 8th, 2013 from complications of Parkinson's disease. Gabe taught 47 years as a professor of music at his beloved Augsburg College. He received his doctorate of music performance in classical organ in 1994 from the University of Minnesota. He was preceded in death by parents, Thomas and June Gabrielsen; brothers, Burton, K. David. He is survived by loving wife of 48 years, Kathleen; children, Elizabeth, Joseph (Heidi); grandchildren, Micah, Ada; brother, Thomas (Margy) of Grand Forks, ND and many family, friends, colleagues and former students. A Musical Memorial Celebration will be held 11:30 AM Saturday, April 27 at Hoversten Chapel (Foss Center) at Augsburg College, 2211 Riverside Ave. Mpls, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred to Dr. Stephen "Gabe" Gabrielsen Memorial Scholarship (Gabrielsen Scholarship noted on the check) - Augsburg College, Advancement Department, CB 142, 2211 Riverside Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55454. A special thanks to Touching Hearts at Home health care agency for their extraordinary & compassionate care. Cremation Society of MN 763-560-3100

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in Star Tribune on Apr. 14, 2013.
No memorial events are currently scheduled. To offer your sympathy during this difficult time, you can now have memorial trees planted in a National Forest in memory of your loved one.
Memories & Condolences
Not sure what to say?
View Printed Guest Book
22 entries
April 16, 2020
Gabe, You are always remembered.
Just this winter in Az I sat next to one of your high school class mates in church.
We talked of good old memories of you.
Kathleen, I hope you are well and safe.
Al Satter
May 2, 2013
One of the best professors at Augsburg College. I will always remember your joyful spirit and infectious smile. Rest in peace Gabe!
Mary Pelstring
April 26, 2013
I'm a 1981 graduate of Augsburg. Gabe was always a sunshiny presence around campus, but I got better acquainted with him in 1985 on a trip to Germany, chartered by Augsburg. What a joyous time. Gabe's love of music, family and life in general was so infectious. I will remember him with pleasure & gratitude. God bless you, Kathleen. I have no doubt that Gabe is playing the organ at heaven's chapel services.
Kirsten Schwappach
April 23, 2013
Gabe was my instructor for History and Literature of Music I & II. Although I was unhappy at the time with the demands of the class-and the eventual grade, I benefited in the long run. Thanks for your belief in my ability, Gabe. I understand they have the BEST organs with which to accompany the heavenly choirs!
Tom Fischer
April 19, 2013
A wonderful musician and colleague. A good friend for many years. Condolences to his whole family. We miss you, Gabe
Norma Noonan
April 18, 2013
Gabe was one of my favorite college professors! However, I wasn't fond of his early morning theory classes. I loved his joyful, happy spirit which he always brought to class, even though it was too early in the morning! He was the organist at my wedding back in 1979. I loved listening to Gabe's recitals... I was amazed by his talent. His kind, soft-spoken character will be missed. Blessings to his family. Jennie Clark-Anderson, 1981 graduate Augsburg
Jennie Anderson
April 17, 2013
I was privileged to tour with Gabe in the Crossmen Quartet representing LBI in the summer of 1958. He accompanied me on my trombone, playing "The Holy City" every night for ten weeks. He also taught me to play tennis that summer. I thank God for his talent, his friendship, and his solid faith. Thank you God for Gabe.
Pastor Wendell Brown, Paso Robles, Ca.
April 17, 2013
Goodbye to a wonderful teacher, musician and friend. A favorite memory: Gabe's comical pantomime act at our annual Augsburg Music Dept Christmas party, where he also told the best Ole and Lena jokes. Jenny Kelley, Auggie
Jennifer Kelley
April 17, 2013
My husband, Ben Larson and I were on the Norweign tour with the Cenntenial Singers and got to know Gabe so very well. His Christian faith was so evident in all he did and his sweet spirit was always shone. One highlight for both of us was his mini concert on the organ at the Trondheim Cathedral, ansd we felt as if the gates of heaven were ringing. My husband and I were Auggie grads from a much earlier era but with Augsburg contacts, knew Gabe. My husband passed away 2 years ago and I know he and Gabe are renewing their friendship in the presence of the Lord. What a joyful reunion we all will have! Joan Baxter Larson,'51
April 16, 2013
I'm so sad to hear this. I have SO many wonderful memories of music camp both as a participant and then as camp counselor, etc. The whole Gabrielsen family is in my heart today. Thinking of you all. Peace to you.
Judy E
April 16, 2013
I visited with Gabe only once, but have very fond memories of that time. What a sweet man! I am grateful for the opportunity to serve him. I know he will be greatly missed.
Blessings to his family during this time.
Mary Walters
Touching Hearts at Home
Mary Walters
April 16, 2013
What a joy is was to meet Gabe in his last 6 months. I grew quickly to love and appreciate his gentle humor, even when he was correcting me on my pronunciation of G.F. Handel's last name! I miss you, Gabe, but know you are with the Lord, where all heavenly music is perfectly glorious! Nadine (Touching Hearts at Home)
Nadine Cotner
April 16, 2013
Gabe, I am so thankful for the short time I got to know you. I remember reading tributes to you out of a journal and I was amazed at the lives you touched. A memory from the first time I met you & Kathleen was when Kathleen was leaving saying "goodbye I love you" and you replied "I love you more". My prayers to Kathleen & family.

Touching Hearts at Home
April 16, 2013
I only knew you for a short amount of time, but your spirit touched my heart.
April 16, 2013
Our heartfelt sympathies. Thank you for letting us serve such a dear man. What a blessing he was to know!

Staff & Caregivers
Touching Hearts at Home
Jeri Gort
April 16, 2013
Gabe, I only knew you briefly, but you touched my life and I will always be better for having known you. I know you are listening to Opera in heaven!
Kathleen and family, my heart, thoughts and prayers are with you.
Barb Jacobson
April 16, 2013
Gabe, You were a great college roomate and friend. you blessed so many. Thanks for the memories. Rest in Peace.
Ron Nordin
April 15, 2013
One of the most gentle, tender hearted men I have known.
Diane Fleming
April 14, 2013
Thank you Gabe, you brought so much joy to my life through your directing the Male Chorus and being a friend. You taught us all so much and we never told you how greatful we were, but I'm sure you saw it in our actions and the singing that resulted from your beautiful direction.
Ed Bright
April 14, 2013
Gabe, you will always be my friend. I will do my best to look after Ole og Lena until we we meet again.
Al Satter [Auggie Classmate and choir roomie]
April 14, 2013
I have so many great memories of Gabe & Kathleen while I was at Augsburg. Gabe was my pipe organ teacher and he accomoanied me several times when I sang at friends' weddings. We were always in awe of his abilities at playing the organ. A highlight was the great time we had with the Augsburg Choir European tour in 1965. Gabe's talents and generous personality brought joy to many people during his amazing life.
John Schwartz
April 14, 2013
I will always remember you "Gabe". I learned so much from you at Augsburg. Not just music theory and history but about life and living for the Lord. Thank you and I will see again in heaven!
Becky (Clifford) Jans
Invite others to add memories
Share to let others add their own memories and condolences