Gabriele Spillman

Gabriele Spillman

Gabriele “Gabi” Roswitha Spillman (nee Schäfer), 74 of Benton, Louisiana, passed away on Jan. 10, 2020, after battling cancer for over 17 years.

Visitation will be held from 3–7 p.m. on Jan. 17, as well as 9:30–10:30 a.m. on Jan. 18 at The Spence-Miller Funeral Home, 2697 Columbus St., Grove City, Ohio.

The Rite of Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 18 and officiated by Fr. Joe Trapp at Spence-Miller Funeral Home.

Graveside services will follow the Rite of Burial at the Concord Cemetery, Grove City, Ohio.

Gabi was born in Aschaffenburg, Germany on Aug. 19, 1945. She graduated from the Aschaffenburg Berufsschule (Vocational School) for sewing. Gabi was married to Darold on June 7, 1964 in Aschaffenburg Germany where Darold was stationed with the US Army. They were married 55 years.

Gabi worked as a seamstress for many different companies depending on where Darold was stationed with the US Army or US Air Force. Finally she worked for Imperial Cleaners for 14 years. She enjoyed sewing and traveling, having traveled the world with Darold during his 22 years in the military.

Gabi is survived by her husband, Darold; son, Darold Jr. (Andrea) of Tuscola, Illinois; and daughter, Michele (Greg) Fears of Dallas, Georgia, grandchildren, Candace (Brian) Anslow, Cody Jones, Philip Spillman, David Spillman, Bridget Spillman, Anna Spillman, Thomas Spillman, Andrew Spillman, and Emma Spillman; great-grandchildren, Sabina Wright and Meryn Anslow; sisters, Johanna “Hannelore” (Heini) Huff of Aschaffenburg, Germany, Edeltraud “Elfi” (the late Walter) Schreck of Sulzbach am Main, Germany, Marie “Ursula” (Ernst) Vobernik of Mainaschaff, Germany, Anni “Erika” (Jim) Meyer of Breese Illinois; brothers, Klaus (Rike) Schäfer of Aschaffenburg Germany, Walter “Peter” Schäfer of Wollomoos, Germany; 19 nieces and nephew, and other family and friends.

Gabi is preceded in death by her father and mother, Friederich (Elisabeth nee Helios) Schäfer; brother, Jürgen Schäfer; and daughter, Pianka Spillman.

The family of Gabriele Spillman wishes to thank everyone who helped care for her during her many bouts with cancer as well as the many caring notes of thanks, concerns, and prayers given during her recent battle with cancer, especially Christus Cancer Treatment Center doctors and nurses, Christus Hospice & Palliative Care nurses and healthcare workers of Shreveport Louisiana, Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Bossier City, Louisiana, for arranging transportation to Ohio, and Spence-Miller Funeral Home for all the final arrangements.

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