OBITUARY

Gisela Louise Dorothea Stehlik

August 10, 1926December 29, 2018

Gisela Louise Dorothea Stehlik was born on August 10, 1926 in Laukischken, Ostpreußen, Germany to Heinrich & Luise Wessler, who had a clothing and fabric store. She was the third in the family of 9 children. In 1935, the family moved to Schwesternhof, where Heinrich became a farmer. Gisela had to help out on the farm and help raise her younger siblings. As the Russian army was advancing in January of 1945, her mother and siblings fled to Pennigbüttel-Wiste in Niedersachsen, West Germany, near Bremen. Gisela, a courageous young woman at age 18, traveled during the last few days of the war all by herself to Saxony to rescue Hannelore and Joachim, and reunited them with the family. In 1947, Gisela accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior and was baptized in Bremen by Pastor Fey. She attended a Baptist Church in Osterholz-Scharmbeck, where she worked as a church secretary and sang in the guitar choir.

In 1951, the family immigrated to Vancouver, Canada, and was welcomed by Uncle Albert and Tante Emma Hass and family. Gisela became a member of Bethany Baptist Church and later Immanuel Baptist Church. She worked as a governess for a prominent Vancouver family. In 1956 Gisela married Paul Stehlik of Detroit, where she lived until his death in 1961. She then moved back to Vancouver, where she worked for British Pacific Insurance Company. Gisela had an unfortunate fall which forced her to leave British Pacific and after recovering, began work at Flora. Eventually she became church secretary at Immanuel Baptist Church. During that time she was also a teacher in the Christliche Deutschschule, entertained many of the family on Sundays, and took care of her aging parents. In 2001, Gisela retired after 18 years of secretarial duties at the church. She moved to South Surrey with Hannelore, where they still hosted family gatherings, and enjoyed cultivating her many flowers on the outside deck. Gisela lived at her home until the Fall of 2018, where her failing heart forced her to the hospital and eventually to Evergreen Baptist Home for just one day.

Gisela always maintained her faith in Jesus and put her trust and her life in God's hands. Quietly, in the afternoon of December 29, 2018, the Lord took her home to be with Him.

Services

  • Funeral Service Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Reception Saturday, January 19, 2019
  • Graveside Service Saturday, January 19, 2019
REMEMBERING

Gisela Louise Dorothea Stehlik

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Everett Everlasting

January 12, 2019

Call Back

( author unknown )

"If you have gone a little way ahead of me, 'Call back'~
'Twill cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track;
And if, perchance, Faith's light is dim, because the oil is low,
Your call will guide my lagging course as wearily I go.

Call back and tell me that He went with you into the storm;
Call back and say He kept you when the forest's roots were torn,
That when the Heavens thunder and the earthquake shook the hill,
He bore you up and held you where the very air was still.

Oh friend, call back..and tell me for I cannot see your face.
They say it glows with triumph and your feet bound in the race.
But there are mists between us and my spirit eyes are dim,
And I cannot see the glory, though I long for word of Him.

But if you'll say He heard you when your prayer was but a cry,
And if you'll say He saw you through the night's sin-darkened sky...

If you have gone a little way ahead, oh friend, call back.
'Twill cheer my heart and help my feet along the stony track."

David Wessler

January 11, 2019

Tante Gila,
so nannte ich meines Vaters Schwester, die zwei Jahre nach ihm in die Wessler Familie geboren wurde. Vor genau 50 Jahren durfte ich mein zehntes Lebensjahr im Hause Wessler in der 58 Ave in Vancouver verbringen. Nie wurde ich mehr verwöhnt in meinem ganzen Leben. Tante Gila und Loppu nahmen mich freitags mit zum Wocheneinkauf zu Safeway. Danach ging es Hamburger essen. Wunderbar. So was gab es in Deutschland zu der Zeit nicht. Da gab es nur Klopse, wohl die Urform der heutigen Hamburger. Schade fand ich, dass Tante Gila nie eigene Kinder haben konnte. Dafür war sie in der Deutsch-Schule in ihrer Gemeinde aktiv und hatte trotzdem viel Kontakt mit Kindern. Mit den Jahren ähnelte sie immer mehr Omi Wessler. In ihrer liebevollen Art und sogar im Aussehen. Bis zuletzt war sie fit im Kopf und band die ganze Wessler-Familie zusammen. Wer übernimmt jetzt diese Aufgabe? Nachwuchs gesucht. Tante Gila, du warst ein Schatz von Mensch, jetzt darfst du im Himmel durchfeiern. Ich gönne es dir von Herzen. Dein Neffe David Wessler aus Hamburg.
Sorry, the photo of Sigrid and me is turned upside down by the system.

FROM THE FAMILY