Gisele Gabrielle Wilner

June 27, 1943January 7, 2021

Gisele Gabrielle Desmedt Wilner, 77, of Athens, passed away Thursday, January 7, 2021, at her home.

Born in Yper West Flanders, Belgium, Mrs. Wilner was the daughter of the late Abdon Emile Desmedt and Louise Victorine dePrince Desmedt. She was a graduate of the University of Georgia, earning a Master's in French Literature and was a retired teacher.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Gabriel Michael Wilner and her brother, Herwig Desmedt.

Survivors include nephews, Serge Desmedt, Axel Desmedt, Yvan Desmedt and Julien Desmedt.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

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Bernstein Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


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Ton Zuijdwijk

January 24, 2021

Gisèle was a wonderful person and faithful friend. I am grateful for the time spent with her and her husband Gabriel in New York, Geneva, Brussels and Athens, Georgia. I also enjoyed their legendary hospitality at their home on many occasions. They really knew how to connect with others. Gisèle was an inspiration. May she rest in peace.

With sincere condolences to Gisèle's nephews and family.

Ton Zuijdwijk
Ottawa, Canada

Kevin Conboy

January 10, 2021

The world will miss this beautiful person. Rest in peace, Giselle

Ron Brand

January 9, 2021

Giselle and her husband, Gabriel, were very special people who provided a welcoming environment for students, teachers, and scholars. I was lucky enough to be a guest in their home in both Brussels and Athens. The food was great, the conversation enlightening, and the fellowship always warm. They were a team that connected people to the world, and the world to many students.