Gayiel von Geldern

Nov 23, 1950 - Dec 10, 2016


Gayiel von Geldern(1950 – 2016)
11/23/50 12/10/16 Meine Damen und Herren, Leave your troubles outside, So – life is disappointing? Forget it! We have no troubles here! Here life is beautiful… Gayiel von Geldern, (stage name Gayiel Von) made her debut into this world on November 23, 1950 and took her final curtain call on December 10, 2016. Born in Sacramento to Fritz (deceased) and Gayiel B. von Geldern, she is survived by brothers Rick (Susan), Kurt (Lisa), nephew Erik von Geldern, sister Joanne Stienkemeyer, nieces Sara Jones (Clint), Kayla and Jenni Rae Stienkemeyer, many dear cousins and a lifetime list of friends. You know who you are! Gayiel found her way to Los Angeles in the 70’s and for the next four decades made her way as a cabaret and jazz singer, while dabbling in the blues and teaching voice and performance to upcoming artists. Gayiel returned to Sacramento in 2000 and performed at many area venues including clubs, the Memorial Auditorium and for the last several years at her ever-popular weekly Friday night piano bar at Mango’s with pianist Jimmy “Fingers” Jordan. A big woman with a big voice and presence, Gayiel was a natural born talent. She could sing, write, paint, draw, entertain and make you laugh until it hurt. Gayiel could bring a tear to almost any eye with her rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Gayiel inspired, nurtured and shared her stage with upcoming talented singers. She lent her many talents to artistic, political and philanthropic causes, as well as advocating for the LGBT community and supporting civil rights issues. Gayiel battled cancer for the past decade, yet her final days were peaceful. She received an outpouring of love, affection and support from friends, especially Terry Sidey, Dr. Darrick Lawson, Dale Howard and Marghe Covina. A service will be held on Saturday, December 17th at 2:00 pm at East Lawn, 4300 Folsom Boulevard, Sacramento, CA. In lieu of flowers or donations, please extend an act of kindness to someone in Gayiel’s memory. For the sun will rise and the moon will set, and you’ll learn how to settle for what you get, it’ll all go on if we’re here or not, so, who cares, so what? Life is a cabaret old chum, life is a cabaret

Published in The Sacramento Bee on Dec. 16, 2016

Funeral Home:
Sierra View Funeral Chapel and Crematory
6201 Fair oaks Boulevard
Carmichael, CA
US 95608

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