Kaleen Esther Abel, 103, of Palo Alto, died on June 12, 2021 from cancer.
Kaleen was born on October 26, 1917 to John and Frances Kocikowski in Michigan City, Indiana. After graduating from Michigan City High School in 1936, she studied art and German at Western College for Women, obtaining her AB in 1940.
After graduation, she worked during World War II in Washington DC for the war effort in illustrating war information materials. This led to a similar position after the war with the Civil Aeronautics Administration as a technical and cartographic illustrator in Indianapolis Indiana. This type of technical illustration practically applied her artistic skills even though she maintained a long-standing vocation and vocation in all forms of artistic endeavor, especially oil painting and Chinese and Japanese brush painting forms. .
She met Frank Abel and they married in 1953 and had four children, Jeffrey, Jae, Jerold and Franceen. They moved to Palo Alto in 1959, where she and her husband built a loving and supportive home for their entire family for so many years. She has worn many hats over the years of her life: daughter, sister, devoted wife, mother, artist, devout Catholic, friend. Her marriage to Frank was lasting and mutual trust was their source of joy and strength and a confident identity between them.
Over the years, she has been active in several local charitable and cultural activities, including the Catholic Church, the Young Ladies Institute, and the Pacific Art League. She volunteered for years at the local pantry. At home, she liked to read a good book and take care of the garden. She was adventurous until her later years and took pride in her many trips with her religious groups in Europe and the Middle East. The photo of her riding a camel at 92 is a treat for everyone.
Kaleen was predeceased by her parents, John and Frances Kocikowski sister Mary Peters and her husband Russell, brother Kenneth and his wife Brenda, brother Norman, her husband Frank and her son Jeffrey, brother-in-law Alan Abel, brother-in-law Joseph, the sister-in-law Julia Eichhorn and her husband Fred. She is survived by her children, her son Jae, her son Jerold (Anne Langer), her daughter Franceen Borrillo (Gerard), her granddaughter Katie Borrillo, her sister-in-law Ruth Abel (Alan), her sister-in-law Darcel Abel (Joseph) and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and grand-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-grand-nephews.
We are grateful for the time we spent with our mother, Kaleen. We draw inspiration from her kindness, wit, tenacity with a sense of fun, humility and grace demonstrated in her many varied interests and activities. Over the past few years, his caregivers have provided tremendous help and comfort. Her faith and the wonderful friendships of so many over the years were her precious memories that carried her spirits until the end.
A memorial service is scheduled for July 10, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. at the Saint Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with Father JosÃ© Rubio leading the mass. A link to a video feed of the service can be found at: https://everloved.com/life-of/kaleen-abel/ A reception will follow at the hall of Saint Albert the Great. Kaleen will rest alongside her husband, Frank, during a private service at the Alta Mesa Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to donate in Kaleen’s memory to one of her favorite causes: St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, YLI, Catholic Relief Services, Pacific Art League, American Cancer Society or a veterans support group of your choice.