Roberta D. Gabel, of Washington, died on Dec. 12, of cancer.
She came to Washington for law school and took a low-level summer job at the Department of Transportation from which she retired 32 years later as
assistant general counsel for environmental, civil rights and general law. During her retirement, Roberta was a dedicated volunteer at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, served as a guide with various Smithsonian Institution exhibits and volunteered with the non-partisan Election Protection Coalition.
Her legacy is the close and warm relationships she built and maintained over the years, including with her longtime friends. No one who knew her is likely to forget the positive energy and enthusiasm she brought to her own life and the lives of others.
She was the beloved daughter of the late Harry and Jennie Gabel; dear sister of Marc, Donald, Louise Kirchner and the late Lloyd; beloved sister-in-law to their spouses; and loving aunt to their children.
She is also survived by cousins and her wide circle of friends, including Carol Light and Susan Pernick.
Contributions may be made to The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.