Honoring the Life by Telling the Story

Janet Gabler

June 13, 1927 - August 19, 2020
Milwaukee, WI


Visitation and Rosary

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
10:30 AM to 11:00 AM CDT
St. Eugene Congregation
7600 N. Port Washington Road
Fox Point, WI 53217

Mass of Christian Burial

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
11:00 AM CDT
St. Eugene Congregation
7600 N. Port Washington Road
Fox Point, WI 53217


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Newman Catholic Schools
619 Stark Street
Wausau, WI 54403
(715) 203-4643

Memorials are preferred in lieu of flowers.

St. John's on the Lake Employee Scholarship Fund
1840 N. Prospect Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
(414) 272-2022

Life Story / Obituary


Janet T. Gabler

Janet Teresa Gabler, 93, passed away at St. John’s on the Lake on August 19, 2020, with family by her side.

“Jan” was born on June 13, 1927 in Rice Lake, Wis., the third of seven children of the late Gilbert and Madeline (Gaynor) Gannon. She was preceded in death by siblings: Patrick Gannon, Mary B. Goodspeed, Madeline Ann Davis, and Fr. Daniel Gannon, S.J. She is survived by Gloria Jude Gannon and Dr. Michael (Nancy) Gannon.

Jan graduated from St. Mary's Springs Academy High School in Fond du Lac, and from Marquette University. She worked as a dental hygienist at various periods throughout her life.

Settling permanently in Wausau in the 1950s with her husband, E. William Gabler, Jan focused on family, raising eight children and volunteering with her church and community. Her creativity, exceptional meals and innovative flair in home decorating are still topics of conversation among family and friends. Jan loved to entertain and cook, including making meals for hungry mouths at St. James Church soup kitchen. She had a warm smile and caring demeanor that made her an effective advocate for individuals with special needs.

In later years, Jan moved to Fox Point, Wis. where she enjoyed traveling, her flower garden, church activities and being a grandmother. As a classy, witty octogenarian, she lived at St. John's on the Lake in Milwaukee. She relished dining at fine restaurants and visits and outings with family. She was grateful to the staff at St. John’s in her final years for the special care and friendship they provided.

Jan took great pride in being a mother. She credited a ruler stashed in a kitchen drawer as the secret to raising happy, independent children.

She is survived by her eight children: Bill (Carol) Gabler, Ann (the late Hugh McPeck) Gabler, Jane Gabler, David (Kathy Radie) Gabler, Mary (John) Dailey, Michael (Molly Weberpal) Gabler, Daniel (Mary Beth) Gabler, and Joanie (Jay) Kagan. She is further survived by 15 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Family and friends celebrated Jan at her 90th birthday three years ago in Milwaukee. That gathering will serve as a remembrance of her life. Due to Covid-19, no other public event is planned.

Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in her memory at St. Eugene Congregation previously.

Inurnment planned at a later date at Saint Joseph Cemetery in Rice Lake, Wis.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s on the Lake Employee Scholarship Endowment Fund, 1840 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53202, or a charity of choice.