Gabrielle Lee Korkor passed away at the age of 31-years-old on Valentine’s Day Friday, Feb. 14 surrounded by her loving parents and her precious dog Papageno. Gabrielle was a Moorestown local author and founder of Puppies on Wheels. She was the beloved daughter of Dr. Ralph Korkor and Mrs. Janet Korkor. She was also the sister of Justine Korkor Sarraf; brother-in-law Dr. Elie Sarraf and aunt to her most treasured nephew Samson Sarraf. She was also the granddaughter of Mrs. Josephine Mangiapane.
Gabrielle bravely combatted Cerebral Palsy and countless major surgeries throughout her life. Despite this, she found her voice and became a highly regarded member of the community. She was a Moorestown High School graduate and attended Burlington County College. Gabrielle was an active member of St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church of Cherry Hill from childhood to her most recent Metropolitan Evangelos Ambassador’s Award. Her orthodox faith helped her endure all the challenges in her life. She participated in ‘Acting Without Boundaries” in Philadelphia.
In 2011, Gabrielle wrote a book titled “Puppies on Wheels” about her beloved therapy dog Papageno. Her ministry brought her to visit the elderly in nursing homes and to give presentations of her book to elementary school children. This was her way of giving back, she felt she was given a lot. She travelled the world with her parents and sister. Upon her death she made arrangements to donate her corneas.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend her viewing on Friday, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church located at 615 Mercer St. in Cherry Hill followed by funeral services at noon. Interment will be at Colestown Cemetery in Cherry Hill. The family requests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church “Renovation Project” or Ronald McDonald House at: 1901 Rockland Road Wilmington, DE, 19803. To share condolences with the family please visit: www.murrayparadeefh.com.