WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) – Gael J. Steele, 85, of Watertown passed away on December 22, 2021 at the Samaritan Summit Village. Gael’s family would like to recognize Summit for their professional and compassionate care. Gael was born to Theresa on June 5, 1936, the beloved daughter of the late John M. and Mary (Duclon) Sheley. She graduated from Watertown High School and attended SUNY Potsdam. Gael was formerly married to Donald C. Davis and Lionel (Neil) Chauvette and was estranged from, but remained close to, Robert J. Steele of Virginia Beach, VA.
Gael was an accomplished musician and artist, specializing in voice and piano and organ. She toured the Eastern United States with Willard “Billy 9 Fingers” Chase and performed locally with many talented musicians, with whom she remained close, especially George Marlette and Bill Benway and his wife, Mary. . Gael was most recently organist for the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church. She also demonstrated her art and talents at a booth she held at the Sterling Renaissance Festival. Gael used to bake and decorate elaborate wedding cakes. She was a talented calligrapher and recorded daily diaries throughout her adult life.
Gael was a follower of eclectic religion and shamanism, she was proud of her work as “Dea” of the Bordean Order of Druids and Ferylit. She was popular as a local occult leader and teacher and published a newsletter for years. Gael was considered an expert medium by writers and interviewers and may have coined the new name “Vortex” in Thompson Park.
Gael is survived by his three sons, James A. Davis and his wife, Karin, Massena, Robin M. Davis and his wife, Mary, Watertown and Marcus E. Chauvette, and his wife, Rhonda, Las Vegas, NV, and his daughter, Fay P. Chauvette, six grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Her sister, Jane Sheley, died before her.
Interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Theresa, will be at the family’s convenience. Arrangements are made with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. There will be no calling hours. Online condolences can be displayed to family at www.cummingsfuneral.com.
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