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20090702 Gisela Everitt

GiselaJust a few months ago we took our Spring Break with the Everitts — a wonderful holiday with old friends. Gisela bravely battled cancer for about three years and although it took a heavy toll on her body, it seemed not to dampen her spirits nor warp her outlook on life. She was so very special to us, so refreshingly genuine, uncomplicated, eternally cheerful, chatty with everyone — even strangers — and generous to a fault. Pictured here, after a buffet Chinese lunch she treated us all to, Gisela shed her mortal coil today at 4am. Yes, that’s me behind the camera, as usual, not in the photo. Gisela’s sister Hannali suffered a similar fate recently.

20090702 Sympathy to the Everitts

Of late Gisela wasn’t up to taking calls, but we did speak with her several weeks ago. She was rather cheerful and left us with happy audible memories of our last conversation. As Carolyn and I struggled with composing voice mails or recordings that Paul could share with her in lucid moments our daughter Bo-Ashley created a special message that we hope Gisela got to hear before she died. With Bo’s permission I’ll post it here. Gisela was one of Bo’s Godmothers.

20090707 Remembering GiselaLast year her daughter Grace assembled a retrospective book on her life. Our contribution was this small (but slow loading) album reflecting on how her life intersected with ours.

On Tuesday night 8.30pm we spent an hour reminiscing Gisela’s wonderful life by candle light, listening to her favourite genre of music, looking through the album mentioned above, snacking on brie, white wine and good coffee.

UPDATE 2/23/2010: Paul, Grace and Ryan fulfill Gisela’s final wishes by taking her ashes to Guatemala: Final Journey Home

Suggested links: The Hugo Droege Story about Gisela’s father, a German American Internee, and his family — an article which she co-authored | Private Memory, Public Records, and Contested Terrain: Weighing Oral Testimony in the Deportation of Germans from Latin America During World War II by Max Paul Friedman | World War II – The internment of German American civilians | Gisela’s obituary in New Smyrna Beach’s The Observer

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4 Comments

  1. Your loss is my sorrow too.
    Gisela and I were friends back in the 1960′s in Venezuela. I met her through her sister Hannali.
    I’ll never forget our friendship.
    Heaven has a new angel.

    Beatrice Meyer
    Calgary, Alberta
    Canada

    • Beatrice: Your sympathetic comments are much appreciated. Thank you, Harry

  2. When I recently heard about the earthquake in Guatemale, I tried to contact Gisela after 30 years. I was shocked to hear that she died in July.
    We met in 1973 when she studied in Bad Harzburg in Germany. I was near by at the Technical University of Clausthal and we spend a wonderfull time together. I’never forgett her.
    My deepest condolence to the whole family.
    Franz Lersch, Germany

    • Franz: Thank you for making contact and leaving that wonderful comment on Gisela at my blog. I will copy the Everitt family on this so they can share in it. Her passing was indeed a great loss which we’re all still suffering — but we get to keep very fond memories of her. Regards, Harry


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