Passed Away On: 10/13/2018

Mary H. Gawel, 90, of Hollister passed away into eternal rest on Saturday, October 13, surrounded by family. She was born in Chicago, Illinois to Mary and Vincent Rylko.

With a kind heart and an infectious laugh, Mary was a joyful and loving presence in the lives of all that knew her. She will be remembered for her sweet, thoughtful, and generous nature. She will be dearly missed, but leaves an abundance of precious memories to be embraced and treasured.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary and Vincent Rylko; her husband Louis Gawel; her brother Edward; and her sisters Josie and Ann.

Mary is survived by her children; Jeff (Melinda) Smith of Hollister, CA and Nadine (James) Delesio of Darien, IL. She was the stepmother of Thomas (Linda), Elizabeth (Thomas) Kocoras and Terrance Gawel (deceased). Mary leaves behind grandchildren Julie, Laura, Katie, Rachel, Anthony, and Michael; one great grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

The family expresses much gratitude to nurses, doctors, and staff at Hazel Hawkins Hospital for the compassionate and attentive care she received.

Inurnment will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois.