Gabriel Mahler, 5 / July 30, 2005 — Jan. 4, 2011

Published 11:04 pm Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Gabriel Mahler, 5, of Twin Lakeview Drive, Dowagiac, died at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011 at Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital, Dowagiac of an accidental drowning.

Gabriel Mahler, 5

He was born July 30, 2005 in Niles to Randy John Devereau and Tamara Lynn Mahler. He lived for a short time in this area.

Gabriel attended Justus Gage Preschool in Dowagiac. He loved to fish, ride his bike and play his guitar; he idolized Buddy Holly. He loved animals, especially all of his pets.

He is survived by his parents, Tamara Mahler of Dowagiac and Randy Devereau of Niles; maternal grandparents, Walter and Christine Linn of Dowagiac and Melvin Mahler of Osceola, Ind; cousins, Joshua, Chase, Emily and Makenzie; and several aunts and uncles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, 2011at St. Mary Catholic Church in Niles with Father Kevin Covert of Holy Maternity of Mary Catholic Church in Dowagiac and the Rev. David Otto of St. Mary Catholic Church officiating.

Burial will be at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles.

Friends may call beginning at 11 a.m. Friday at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Berrien County Humane Society or Christmas Commandos.