Willa Dean “Deane” Gomel was born June 17, 1930, on a farm southeast of Fairfax, Missouri. She and her older brother, Eugene Wake, were the children of Riley and Dorothy (Jennings) Wake.
Deane attended country school and also Fairfax public schools, graduating from Fairfax High School in 1948, in the same class with her future husband, H.Q.Gomel.
After high school, Deane worked at the Exchange Bank of Fairfax for four years. On September 10, 1950, she and H.Q. Gomel were married in the Fairfax United Methodist Church. H.Q. entered the United States Army in 1951. He and Deane lived in Texas and Georgia while he was in training and before he went overseas to Japan and Korea.
After H.Q. returned from military service, he and Deane made their home on the farm 10 miles southeast of Fairfax. H.Q. died on May 23, 2008. Deane continued to live in their farm home until she entered Tiffany Heights Care Center in Mound City in 2015. She passed away in this facility on April 3, 2020.
Deane was a member of the 49’ers Hobby Club, American Legion Auxiliary, Community Hospital Auxiliary, United Methodist Women, and when her children were young, she had been active in 4-H. In addition to her parents and her husband, Deane was preceded in death by her brother, Eugene Wake.
Deane is survived by her sons, Harold and wife, Susan, of Fairfax, John and wife, Colletta, of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter, Christine and husband, Kevin Schneier, of Merriam, Kansas; grandchildren, David Gomel, Ashley and husband Kaleb Oleze, Alex Gomel, Abby Gomel, Grant Gomel, and Kenna and husband, Derek Raines. She is also survived by great-grandchildren Quindalyne and Lynleigh Oleze; nieces and nephews; and many friends.
Private graveside services and interment were held on Tuesday, April 7, in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery near Fairfax. There were no public services nor visitation due to the COVID-19 emergency. The family will have a celebration of Deane’s life later in the year. Condolences may be sent to the Gomel family at 28427 State Highway EE, Fairfax, MO 64446. Arrangements were under the direction of Schooler Funeral Home, Fairfax.