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Gael J. Steele

December 22, 2021

Gael J. Steele, 85, of Watertown passed away December 22, 2021, at Samaritan Summit Village. Gael’s family wishes to recognize Summit for their professional and compassionate care. Gael was born in Theresa June 5, 1936, the much-loved daughter of the late John M. and Mary (Duclon) Sheley. She was a graduate of Watertown High School and attended SUNY Potsdam. Gael was formerly married to Donald C. Davis and Lionel (Neil) Chauvette and was separated from, but remained close to, Robert J. Steele of Virginia Beach, VA.

Gael was an accomplished musician and entertainer, specializing in vocals and playing the piano and organ. She toured the Eastern US with Willard “Billy 9 Fingers” Chase and played locally with many talented musicians, with whom she remained close, especially George Marlette and Bill Benway and his wife, Mary. Gael was most recently an organist for All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. She also demonstrated her artistry and talents at a booth she operated at the Sterling Renaissance Festival. Gael previously catered and decorated elaborate wedding cakes. She was a talented calligrapher and recorded daily journals throughout her adult life.

Gael was a proponent of eclectic religion and shamanism, she was proud of her work as, “Dea” of the Bordean Order of Druid and Ferylit. She was popular as a local occult leader and teacher and published a newsletter for years. Gael was considered an expert psychic by authors and interviewers and may have coined the newly named “Vortex” in Thompson Park.

Gael is survived by her three sons, James A. Davis and wife, Karin, Massena, Robin M. Davis and wife, Mary, Watertown, and Marcus E. Chauvette, and wife, Rhonda, Las Vegas, NV, and her daughter, Fay P. Chauvette, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. Her sister, Jane Sheley, died before her.

Burial in Oakwood Cemetery, Theresa, will be at the family’s convenience. Arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. There will be no calling hours. Online condolences may be posted to her family at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#11 Kirsten Orum 2022-01-02 12:38
Jamie, Robin, Marc, Fay and family- I am so sorry for your loss. It's hard to imagine this world without Gael in it. So many memories.
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#10 Francine Miranda 2021-12-31 19:33
Sincerest condolences Jamie, Robin, Marc and Fay.
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#9 Daniel Webb 2021-12-31 12:21
So sorry for your loss! Had a great time growing up with all you guys and spending time at the house! Many blessings to you all!
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#8 Barbara Locke 2021-12-30 15:33
So sorry to hear of Gael's passing. She was a great teacher.
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#7 Ed Becker 2021-12-30 10:46
My sincerest condolences on the passing of your mom, Gael.
We had many a spirited debate with each other, but at the root of it we were friends, and she will be missed.
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#6 Lisa Coutu 2021-12-29 21:55
To all the family,

My condolences on the passing of your mother. I never met her but always heard intriguing things about her that made me think she was a pretty interesting and talented person. Judging by her obituary, she certainly was.
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#5 Tina Foti 2021-12-29 11:09
To Gael's Family: Mark and I were saddened to learn of your Mom's passing. She was a talented and beautiful soul.Our thoughts and Prayers are with you all at this difficult time. May memories help to comfort you.
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#4 Alan Kant 2021-12-28 16:28
Jamie, Robin, Marc & Fay, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mom. I have numerous very fond memories of your mom & grandparents during your family's time on Mullin Street. My condolences to all.
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#3 Vivian Burdick 2021-12-28 15:33
Jamie and family:
My sincere condolences on the passing of your Mom. Hope all is well with you and the other family members. Miss seeing you but will always remember the laughs and fun times that you shared with the Burdick Family. Take Care, Love, Vivian
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#2 Lisa Lincoln Teters 2021-12-28 08:54
So sorry for the loss of your mother. Gael was such a beautiful soul. Condolences to all of you and your families.
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