Isabelle Gabriel (Bisio)
COLONIE, NY – Isabelle Bisio Gabriel, 70, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, who brought love and inspiration to her family with a lifetime of endless kindness and delicious home-cooking, died July 26, 2018 at Community Hospice Inn at St. Peter’s Hospital. Mrs. Gabriel died after a valiant, 3-year battle with renal cell carcinoma.
From the biggest to smallest gestures, her loving personality was evident to everyone around her. She lived for her family and made sure that everyone was cared for. She bravely fought her illness privately, but on the outside she made new memories with family trips with her children and their families, welcomed new grandchildren, and of course showered family with her beloved Sunday dinners and holiday celebrations, with recipes her children will keep sacred.
Mrs. Gabriel gave back to her community through volunteer work at church and the local schools. She loved everyone around her and maintained warm, caring relationships, giving endlessly to her extended family and friends but never asking for anything in return. She beamed with pride over the successes and accomplishments of her children. Her grandchildren became the center of her world and she adored them equally with the fullness of her heart and being. She will be remembered by all who loved her and the lives she touched by her warm smile and peaceful demeanor.
Isabelle Bisio Gabriel was born on May 11, 1948 in Troy, New York. The daughter of Italian immigrants, she was the sixth and youngest child of Gennaro and Rose (Federico) Bisio. She grew up in Watervliet, graduating high school in 1966, and became the first in her family to graduate from college, earning her B.S. in Biology from The College of Saint Rose in Albany in 1972. In 1975, she married Raymond L. Gabriel, Jr. During and after college, she pursued a career in medical research, changing careers to become a full-time caregiver for her children in 1980. As her children grew, she again worked outside the home, first with South Colonie Schools and later retiring in 2011 from the New York State Department of Tax and Finance.
Mrs. Gabriel is survived by her husband, Raymond; children, Andrea (Taras) Kufel of Guilderland, NY, Raymond Matthew (David Modzeleski) Gabriel of Bethesda, MD, and Michael (Kathryn) Gabriel, of Manlius, NY; grandchildren, Lucas and Gabriella Kufel, Mary Mae Modzeleski Gabriel, and Annabelle and Frances “Frankie” Gabriel; grand-dogs Oliver, Rocco, and (late) Shelby; sister, Mary (late Riccardo) Romano of Watervliet, NY; brothers, Paul (Kathleen) Bisio of Bradenton, FL, and Louis (Joan) Bisio of Troy, NY; sister-in-law Judy Bisio of Latham, NY; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. She is predeceased by her infant son, Matthew Raymond; and brothers, Anthony (late Glenna) Bisio and Joseph Bisio.
Mrs. Gabriel was cared for in her final days by the dedicated doctors, nurses, and staff at St. Peter’s Hospital and Community Hospice Inn. Her family extends their heartfelt gratitude for the excellent care.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2018 in Christ Our Light Roman Catholic Church, Loudonville. The Rite of Committal and burial will follow in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Calling hours will be Sunday, July 29 from 4-7 p.m. at Parker Brothers Memorial Funeral Home, Watervliet, www.parkerbrosmemorial.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Community Hospice Foundation, 310 South Manning Boulevard, Albany, NY 12208, donate.givetocommunityhospice.org, or the Kidney Cancer Association, www.kidneycancer.org/donate.