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Gabriele Johanna Conn-Lewis

Celebration Of Life: 2:00 p.m., Sunday, July 14, 2024

Location: Colonial Baptist Church

2221 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, VA 23464

In Loving Memory of Gabriele Johanna Elfriede Conn-Lewis (born Haugg), 65, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly following a stroke on June 15, 2024. Gabriele was the devoted wife to Joe Lewis and loving mother of son, David G. Conn and daughter, Bianca M. Conn-Winkelspecht and her husband, Edward Winkelspecht. Gabriele was born in Gunzburg, Germany to her wonderful parents, Dr. Georg and Frieda Haugg, who preceded her in death. Gabriele is survived by her husband; son; daughter; grandson, Joshua M. Conn; granddaughter, Nevaeh L. Winkelspecht; sister, Marianne Baronin von Grotthuss; aunt; cousins; nieces; nephews and other loved ones in the United States and Germany.

After moving to the United States in 1986 with the father of her children and first husband, Jack L. Conn Jr., Gabriele settled her roots in Newport News and Hampton, VA. Here, she raised her children and grew her expansive network of friends and co-workers. Gabriele worked energetically and passionately as the administrator for Peninsula Physical Therapy & Associates in Hampton, for over 29 years. She was also the owner of Conn Fence LLC, where she built a successful fence business with her son David. She proudly became a U.S. citizen in 2008. Gabriele loved spending time with her husband Joe, with whom she spent the last 20 years. Joe and Gabriele married in 2018, surrounded by close friends and family. She also spent over 30 years cherishing her local circle of German girlfriends and their families and held them close to her heart.

Gabriele was devoted, loving, and steadfast in her actions and heart, spending as much time with her children and grandchildren as she could. Her unconditional love and loyalty were felt every single day as she poured into her family to lift them up and support them. She had a lifelong passion for horses, beginning in Germany where she rode as a child. This love continued into adulthood where she spent time riding and volunteering at local barns. Her favorite pastime was being with family and watching the wild horses on the beaches of Corolla, NC. For many years, she was a frequent supporter of the Corolla Wild Horse Fund. 

Gabriele was a woman of unwavering faith and loved her church family deeply. She spent the last ten years heavily involved as a member and volunteer with Living Stones Fellowship in Newport News. Gabriele truly embodied servant’s heart and despite never having breast cancer herself, she was passionately engaged at the local, state, and national levels during her tenure as a Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation Board member (2016-2021) and in various leadership roles, including chapter president, with the VBCF Peninsula chapter (2009-2021). 

Our mother was a kind, caring and selfless woman until the day of her death, even donating her lungs, kidneys, liver, and many other gifts to others in need, on her final day on earth. We graciously thank the staff of the Riverside Regional Medical Center SICU and LifeNet coordinators, for showing our mother compassion, dignity, and respect during her last days with us. 

Gabriele’s wishes for a Celebration of Life Service will include a cheerful event honoring her life. Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2024 at Colonial Baptist Church, 2221 Centerville Turnpike, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. In lieu of flowers, Gabriele specifically requested that donations be made to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund via https://www.corollawildhorses.com/ . Arrangements by Weymouth Funeral Home.

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#6 PPT & Associates Inc 2024-07-11 20:11
“You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” —Isaiah 62:3 (ESV)

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.” —2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NASB)

In the quiet moments of reflection, we gather our thoughts and memories like precious threads, weaving a tapestry of a life lived with purpose and love. We honor a remarkable soul who is now before the Lord in glory and eternal victory. Gabriele lived an outstanding legacy of kindness, a blueprint of dedication, and a memory of laughter that echoes in the halls of our hearts.

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#5 PPT & Associates Inc 2024-07-11 20:09
Gabriele’s 29 years with Peninsula Physical Therapy and Associates reverberate volumes about her exceptional leadership, dedication to service, profound outpouring of wisdom, indispensable support, unforgettable generosity, and indelible impact. Through the company, Gabriele was able to expand upon various life’s goals, and she was extraordinarily instrumental in enabling the company to grow and flourish as well through the unforgettable contributions she brought to the team. Journeying with Gabriele, we count our blessings tripled to know her as a revered colleague, esteemed friend, and cherished extended family member.

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#4 PPT & Associates Inc 2024-07-11 20:09
To the families, friends, colleagues, loved ones, and the plentiful lives touched by Gabriele Johanna Conn-Lewis: May we each find comfort, peace, and encouragement as we celebrate Gabriele as a champion in her spirited mirroring of faith, hope, and love that have enriched us. In the stories shared, the lessons taught, and the moments cherished, may we cherish the virtues and heart for others that Gabriele so effortlessly exemplified.

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#3 PPT & Associates Inc 2024-07-11 20:08
Gabriele, you are forever close in our hearts. God delighted us with His best in you! We thank the Lord for sharing you with us, and we will cherish you dearly always. “Yet, isn’t it sweet just to know that one day, we will meet again when all the saints will gather to tell their stories…”

In faith with sincerest prayers and heartfelt sentiments,

Angelo L. Suggs Sr., Dianne W. Suggs, Colleagues, and Affiliated Families of Peninsula Physical Therapy and Associates, Inc.

~ A donation has been made to the Corolla Wild Horse Fund from Peninsula Physical Therapy and Associates, Inc., in heartfelt recognition and fond remembrance of Gabriele Johanna Conn-Lewis. ~
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#2 Sandy Schoch 2024-06-25 22:19
It was wonderful knowing Gaby. I met her through my Mom. I attended many German gatherings where we celebrated & enjoyed time with her. She will be missed & never forgotten. ❤️❤️❤️RIP
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#1 Kimberly Nichols 2024-06-23 13:26
So thankful for the memories sitting in the sand, the pep talks and conversations, the sharing of your faith. Thank you so much for loving me! I most definitely loved you.
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