Dennis C. Abel – Class of 1964

Dennis C. Abel (March 17,1953 – April 14, 2010) was a very brave and fun loving person who always loved to smile.  Born deaf and with a rare genetic disorder called Prader-Willi, he was greatly challenged but gave his best every day.  He loved people, had many friends and stayed in touch with them for decades.

Born to George and Juanita Abel of St. Louis, deceased.  George was a TV personality on the Charlotte Peters show and Wrestling at the Chase in the 1950s and 1960s.  Dennis attended Central Institute for the Deaf and Missouri School for the Deaf and worked at St. Johns Mercy Hospital and the Lafayette Sheltered Workshop.

Dennis is survived by one brother, Chris Abel, of Dallas, Texas, a nephew, Austin Abel, of Los Angeles, CA, and two nieces, Alise and Alannah Abel of Dallas, Texas.

The family asks memorials be given to the Prader-Willi Institute and Central Institute for the Deaf.  Dennis will be remembered as an inspiration to all of us.

A funeral Mass will be held for Dennis at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church on Saturday, April 17, 2010, at 10 am, with visitation at the church from 8-10 am (meet at the church).  Interment will be at St. Peter and Paul Cemetery, 7030 Gravois Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63116.

A Stygar Florissant Chapel service.