Though I never served; I wish I had. Veterans are special.
I “met” one online some years ago; today I received his obituary from another valued vet that I “met” online. Max Gaberseck was a true patriot and friend, though I never had a chance to meet him in person. His obit, and an e-mail he’d sent me below:
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COUDERSPORT, Pa. – Gunnery Sgt. Max J. Gaberseck, 56, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away with his loving family by his side on Saturday (Oct. 11, 2014) at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, after a two-year recurring illness.
Born June 7, 1958, in Coudersport, he was a son of Joseph R. Gaberseck Sr. and Florence E. Haynes Gaberseck Rossman. On June 3, 1978, in Coudersport, he married Cindy L. Nichols, who survives.
He was a graduate of Coudersport High School, class of 1977. Max enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in his senior year of high school. He faithfully served his country for 21 years, retiring in 1998. During his time in service, he served several tours of duty, including the Gulf War. After retiring from the service, Max was employed as the head custodian at Coudersport Elementary School until the time of his death.
Max was a life member and past commander of the American Legion Post 192 in Coudersport, a life member of the Austin VFW Post 7810, and was currently serving as secretary/treasurer of the Potter County Honor Guard. He was also a member of the Black Forest Conservation Association in Coudersport.
Max enjoyed hunting, reloading his own ammunition, gardening and spending time at his camp. He was a very talented artist. He especially loved spending time with his family.
Surviving besides his wife and his mother of Coudersport are two daughters, Amber M. (Sarah) Gaberseck of Parker and Holly A. Gaberseck of Coudersport; three grandchildren, Cheyenne L. Barger, Austin Barger and Sean Barger, all of Parker; two brothers, Joseph R. (Louann) Gaberseck of Eldred and Andrew D. (Marlene) Gaberseck of Coudersport; a sister, Nila R. (Steven) Gerner of Coudersport; and several nieces and nephews.
Max was predeceased by his father.
Friends may call on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion Post 192, Coudersport, where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday (Oct. 16, 2014) with the Rev. Steven D. Small Jr., pastor of the Southern Potter United Methodist Charge, officiating. Burial will be in the family cemetery in Odin. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord full military honors Thursday.
Flowers are gratefully declined and will be provided by the family. Memorials in Max’s name may be made to the American Legion Post 192, 2 Buffalo St., Coudersport, PA 16915; or to the Austin VFW Post 7810, Costello Ave., Austin, PA 16720.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To express condolences or share a fond memory of Max, please visit http://www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/oleantimesherald/obituary.aspx?pid=172802033#sthash.vAgwoGtN.dpuf
Sent by Max on Mar 15, 2011:
First click on a state. When it opens, scroll down to the city and the names will appear. Then click on their names. It should show you a picture of the person, or at least their bio and medals.
This really is an amazing web site. Someone spent a lot of time and effort to create it.
I hope that everyone who receives this appreciates what those who served in Vietnam sacrificed for our country.
The link below is a virtual wall of all those lost during the Vietnam war with the names, bio’s and other information on our lost heroes. Those who remember that time frame, or perhaps lost friends or family can look them up on this site. Pass the link on to others, as many knew wonderful people whose names are listed.