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Gisela Mundel

November 6, 1915 - April 27, 2012


Gisela Helene Mundel passed away peacefully at Sunnybank, her much appreciated home of the past year, on Friday, April 27, 2012. She was ninety-six. In her own words, she was “not sick, just very, very old”. And she was not alone. With the presence and all the good wishes of family, friends and caring professionals surrounding her, she died knowing she was loved.

For Gisela, so gentle and strong, daily joy and gratitude were habits of the mind. She shared with so many the inevitable challenges of living through the dislocation, loss, fear, uncertainty, hunger, and new beginnings of dramatic refugee experiences and all else that came with two world wars. Gisela tackled such adversity by developing both the physical and mental stamina required. She never wasted time on cynicism, or complaints. You could trust her to seek out and bond with the good in others.

Having immigrated to Oliver from a war-ravaged Europe in 1951, she rolled up her sleeves and set to the tasks at hand: raising six children (passing on the inherited songs, literature, German language and Baltic customs to them and simultaneously supporting them in all aspects of their Canadian schooling), all the while working alongside husband Hans-Erich in the orchard to make ends meet.

First connections with the people of Oliver came through the welcoming, thriving congregation at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Unexpectedly, over a decade later, at age 48, Gisela was embraced by an even larger community. When several women with young children heard that the packinghouse sorter beside them was a trained Montessori Kindergarten teacher from Latvia, they encouraged her to establish a kindergarten in Oliver. From 1963 to 1978 she taught all the five-year-olds in our town. Since then, everyone seems to know “Mrs. Mundel”. Her wise, kind and energetic ways of engaging the youngsters became legendary. And when, in the past five years, people saw an elderly lady emerging from Heritage House, decked out with her white sun hat, striding gracefully with her walker, smiling at passers-by and enjoying the beauty of the outdoors, they would wave at her and point her out to their grandchildren, “That was my kindergarten teacher!”

Retirement for Gisela and Hans-Erich had meant hosting a thirty-year extended “open house” for friends and family up in their little haven on the hillside north of town. In her final years, a great joy for Gisela was trying to keep track of the photos of her “offspring”, including 23 or so grandchildren and 25 or so great-grandchildren, plus even a great-great-grandchild, not to mention the occasional families who just adopted her as their matriarch!

Gisela was pre-deceased by her son, Holger, her sister Inga Radecki, her great-grandson, Liam, and her husband, Hans-Erich. She will be greatly missed by her family with its many extensions among the Parks, Stiedas, Hahns, Radeckis, Hentzelts and Mundels and by all, near and far, who got to know her.
Funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Sunday May 6, 2012 at the Oliver Lutheran Centre.
Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver & Osoyoos.


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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Sandra Smith
Relation: friend of Grandson

You are in my thoughts Ralf,
Hugs, Sam

From: Duarte's Family
Relation: a very good friend

May God Be with You !!!… May His promise of eternal life be a confort to you in the loss of one so DEAR

From: Jim MacNaughton
Relation: long time family friend

To all the Mundel family- my deepest love, prayers to all of you and my grateful thanks for being such a great family all these years. Your mom touched so many people in her positive way and was always above everything else a lady to the end… we are so glad that you moved in beside us!! love to all… Jim

From: Ramona Wildeman
Relation: first teacher/ st. johns

Memory Eternal Mrs. Mundel.
You lived a good life.

From: Janet & Wayne Marcotte
Relation: Friends through SOCS

Brita, Bob, Catherine and Gordon and all the family,
You are in our prayers during this time of sorrow. May you be comforted by your beautiful memories, the kindness of others and your strong faith in God.

From: Betty-Jo Hetherington
Relation: friend

Gisela was a blessing to both my husband Steve and myself. We lead the worhsip services at Heritage House every fourth month representing Oliver Alliance Church and Gisela loved to sing the hymns and share her love of the Lord. When my husband passed away in Jan. it was Gisela who gave me a big hug when I visited her and was such a blessing to me. She will be missed. Blessings and prayers to all the family and thank you for sharing her with me. Betty-Jo Hetherington



Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
May 6, 2012
Beginning at 10:00am

Oliver Lutheran Centre
10132 - 362nd Avenue
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

Funeral service will be held at 10:00 A.M. Sunday May 6, 2012 at the Oliver Lutheran Centre.

10132 - 362nd Avenue
Oliver, BC Canada V0H 1T0

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