HARVARD — Earle C. Gabrielsen, 90, Harvard, died at his residence on March 4, 2007, after a lengthy illness. He was born in Clinton, Mass., on May 16, 1916, son of the late Ole and Bessie (Crandell) Gabrielsen. He grew up in Harvard and was a graduate of Bromfield Academy, Class of 1934, and Hemphill Diesel School. Earle worked for Norton Co. in Worcester for a short time before joining the U.S. Army in 1945, where he served in occupied Germany for a period of time.
He worked as an equipment operator for the town of Harvard Highway Department from 1947 until his retirement in 1978. Earle was also a volunteer firefighter for the town of Harvard. He was a member of the Harvard Congregational Church, where he was a former deacon and treasurer. He was also a member of the 60-Plus Club, and loved to garden. He also built the house he was living in.
Mr. Gabrielsen was married to Eleanor (Wheeler) Gabrielsen in 1940 and she died in 1990. He is now survived by his present wife of 13 years, Elizabeth Kanis of Lancaster; two sons, Alan Gabrielsen of Harvard and Scot Gabrielsen of Cambridge; two daughters, Sandra Reisert and Sheila Cregar, both of Harvard; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at the Harvard Congregational Church, Still River Road, Harvard, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 17. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Harvard Ambulance Fund, 40 Ayer Road, Harvard, MA 01451; the Harvard Congregational Church, Still River Road, Harvard, MA 01451; or Nashoba Hospice 2, Shaker Road, Suite D225, Shirley, MA 01463. Badger Funeral Home of Littleton is in charge of arrangements.