Ivan H. Gabel (June 11, 2016)

GABEL, IVAN HERZOG, age 84, of Jenkintown, PA died on June 11, 2016 after a lengthy illness. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ruth (Israel) Gabel, their three children Joanne Hamilton (Chris), Bruce Gabel (Susan), and Barbara Sklar
(Steven); his sister Ruth Goldstein (the late Ned); as well as 16 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Ivan was born on January 17, 1932 in Philadelphia, PA to Jennie (Wallerstein) Gabel and Joseph J. Gabel. He attended Friends
Central School and then Swarthmore College, graduating in 1954 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. After college, Ivan was drafted into the US Army and he and his bride spent the first two years of their marriage in Nancy, France.
Upon their return from Europe, Ivan worked for Merit Oil Corporation for almost his entire career, culminating in the role of president and CEO from 1987 until his retirement in 2000, when the company was sold to Hess Corporation. Ivan was
an active member of the community. He was Trustee and former Board Chair of Jewish Family and Children’s Service of Greater Philadelphia, Congregation Rodeph Shalom, and Einstein Healthcare Network. He was also a lifetime Honorary Trustee of Jewish Federation and former Trustee of both Jefferson Health System and United Way. A Burial will be held at Roosevelt Cemetery, Trevose, PA at 10:00 A.M. on Tuesday June 14, 2016. A Memorial Service will be held at Congregation Rodeph Shalom following Burial at 12:00 noon followed by a meal of consolation at the synagogue. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that gifts be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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