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Laura Gisler (nee Nunes)

April 3, 1963 - July 1, 2019

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I’m so glad we had this time together, just to have a laugh or sing a song. Seems we just get started and before you know it, comes the time we have to say so long.

~Carol Burnett

The daughter of immigrant Portuguese-Canadians, Laura Gisler was born April 3rd 1963 in Oliver, British Columbia to John and Edwina Nunes and is survived by her father John; four siblings: Marg (Rick), Edwina (Brian), John (Linda) and Ann. Her childhood was spent in orchards picking fruit, on the golf course where her father worked and delighting in her love for television, comedy and writing by watching shows well past the children’s programming unbeknownst to her mother upstairs. The Carol Burnett Show was always a favourite. Laura earned her LPN certification and worked as a nurse in Langley, British Columbia. Joining a young adult group, Laura remembered sitting near a red headed raconteur, telling of his recent trip to India. Laura said she told another seatmate: “he’s been to India and I’ve only travelled by myself to Langley” which was a five hour drive from her hometown.

Henry Gisler got Laura’s attention with his India stories and would often find ways to chat with this pretty brunette during group gatherings. Laura learned that Henry was also the child of hardworking middle class immigrants—Swiss-Canadians—and loved that Henry always had something going on. Henry’s conversational charisma paired well with her quieter, introspective nature. They married in 1986 and Laura concluded her nursing career, eager to embark on a new adventure with Henry as a dairy farmer.

Henry and Laura enjoyed thirty-five challenging and rewarding years together involved in farming and other agricultural enterprises and always appreciated an industry where they could be their own operators. They believed this was the best environment to raise their three children, Adam (Bailey), Evan and Kaitlyn. Per her nature, Laura fully embraced farming and was with Henry every step of the way as a farming wife, mother, and bookkeeper. Laura encouraged the adoption of innovation in their family business and was proud to see the farm evolve over three decades.

Laura was the glue of the Gisler family. She wrote years’ worth of journals about daily activities on the farm, diligently logged family adventures and events in her collection of photo albums and was head scheduler. Recently, Henry rediscovered a notepad Laura kept of all of his business meetings and what he wore—right down to the tie—so that he never repeated certain suits. This dedication, passion and love for her family is irreplaceable.  Laura loved music, singing, drawing and writing and would manifest her talents in small yet significant ways. The family Christmas cards would alternate between a recap letter or much-loved poems, often humorous and creatively inspired from known songs into her own rhyming verse about the past year. Laura also embraced and enjoyed her role as avó (grandmother) to Wyatt and Whitney.

Family trips were valued but far and few in their early years, with later excursions to Portugal’s Azores Islands—the home of her parents—France, Denmark and even a solo trip to India, among smaller road trips to California, Alaska, Quebec and the East Coast. The trips which gave her the most joy however where the travelling between her various flower beds scattered around the farm, to the barn to feed the cats that had come into her care and evening walks along the nearby dike.

Laura is predeceased by her mother, Edwina and father-in-law Henry. In lieu of flowers the family asks that you please make a donation to the Volunteer Cancer Drivers Society.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Monday July 15, 2019 at Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, 2827 – 273rd Street, Aldergrove, BC followed by a reception in the church hall.

Condolences and tributes may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

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From: Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium

Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Lilita Pacheco
Relation: friend

My deepest condolences to all of the Nunes and other family and friends of Laura’s. She was my neighbor and friend when young. I am sure she will be missed dearly. may she rest in Peace <3

From: Kim Cripps
Relation: I am the Executive Assistant of Semex and worked with Henry and met Laura on several occasions.

Dear Henry and family,
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Laura. It was a priviledge to get to know her. She was such a warm and caring person and made you feel as though she has known you for years versus just having met you. She had a wonderful smile!
Our prayers and thoughts are with you during this time.
Hugs,
Kim and Darren Cripps

From: Christian Vigneault
Relation: Work with Henry Gisler

Wish you all the best in that difficult moment.

From: Joan Lau
Relation: Acquaintance to Henry

My condolences to Henry and the family during this difficult time.

From: Emily and Michael Johnson
Relation: Friend

Kaitlyn, we are deeply sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and hearts. Sending you so much love. May her memory be eternal.

From: Deborah Parry
Relation: Business / Friend

Henry and family
Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with you in this time of sorrow. Chris and Deb

From: Darcie Talman
Relation: Childhood friend

So very sorry for your loss. My condolences to friends and family.

From: Fridolin and Ruth

Hank and family; our deepest condolences, so sorry to hear of your loss, you are in our thoughts during this difficult time.
Fridolin and Ruth, Nanaimo, Bc

From: Patrick Blondin
Relation: Work

I am so sorry for your loss Henry. Please accept my sincere condeleances for you and your family. I will keep you all in my prayers.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Mass

Date & Time:
July 15, 2019
Beginning at 11:00am

Location:
Sts. Joachim and Ann Roman Catholic Church
2827 - 273rd Street
Aldergrove , BC Canada

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Monday July 15, 2019 at Sts. Joachim and Ann Roman Catholic Church, 2827 – 273rd Street, Aldergrove, BC with a reception to follow.

2827 - 273rd Street
Aldergrove , BC Canada

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