Charlene “Charlie” Helen Gabbert
June 17, 1949 - July 12, 2013
Charlene Helen Gabbert, known as “Charlie,” succumbed to her illness after a long and fierce battle against cancer on July 12, 2013. She passed away with family in attendance at the Payson Care Center.
She was born June 17, 1949 in Chicago, Ill. to William and Mary Bodecker.
She is survived by her son, Nicholas Motluck of Franklinton, N.C. She is the maternal grandmother to Natalie, and soon to a new grandbaby just announced. Charlie was also survived by her three stepsons, Michael Motluck plus Michael Motluck Jr. living in the Lake in the Hills, Ill. There are two more stepsons, Jeffry Motluck residing in Tennessee and Mark Motluck of California.
Charlie married Richard Gabbert on July 25, 1987 in McHenry, Ill.
She was the stepmom to two additional children, Melissa M. Gabbert, married to Jeff Lozinski of Tucson. Charlie has two step-grandchildren, Andrew and Brianna Lozinski. There is one “great-grandchild” from Andrew, Austilyn Lozinski. Dr. Brian M. Gabbert, of Phoenix, and lastly, her husband of 26 years, Ric.
A celebration of Charlie’s life, officiated by Chaplin Charlie Wilcox, will take place at 1 p.m., Saturday, July 27 at the Messinger Payson Funeral Home chapel. There will be a simple meal based upon Charlie’s favorite items following the service.
All who knew her are welcome to attend and celebrate the warmth, happiness, and most of all, her loving smile and always bright outlook on life that she brought to us all. We all know that she is smiling now with the excitement and wonder of her new journey in heaven with Jesus Christ and God, Our Almighty Father.