In memory of
KAEMPFFER, Gisela (nee Wirth) Born May, 20 1920 in Goerlitz, Germany, passed away peacefully on April 21, 2016, in Coquitlam, B.C. Predeceased by her three sisters in Germany, and later by her husband Frederick in 2009, she is survived by her sons Fred (Lynne) of Port Moody, BC and Lawrence (Valerie) of Dundas, Ontario; her beloved grandchildren Tyson (Nathaly), Jonathan, Alexandra (Emily), Nicholas (Sarah), Jost, and Elizabeth, and by her great-grandchildren Jack, Norah, Alida, Lucas, and Lyndon. Gisela, known as "Menle" by her husband and "Omi" or "Omilein" by her sons and grandchildren, was totally devoted to her family. Coming into this world as part of a generation that spent its formative years fractured by war, Gisela met and married Fred in 1944, and followed him to Vancouver in 1950. Bringing up two boys as a proud Canadian, Gisela ensured many customs and traditions were carried forward, and celebrated every possible event, both big and small, with cards, decorations, presents, and food. Always careful to maintain a well- chilled supply of Sekt to toast any occasion, Gisela's unconditional love for her family permeated every aspect of her life. From fearless travel to visit her family back in Germany, to flights across the country to witness key moments, she did her utmost to be on hand for the seminal moments of others. Any event she was unable to attend in person was always met with shockingly well- wrapped packages, containing a much desired and appreciated treasure. Her desire to provide those she loved with nothing but the best was renowned by shopkeepers across West 10th Avenue, where she biked and walked to find nothing but items of "good quality." Following her own advice of "find your passion, and make time for it," Gisela excelled as an artist, both as a dancer and a potter. In the 1970's and 1980's Gisela participated in the Women's League of Health and Beauty where she enjoyed friendship and dancing, and was honoured to perform at both the Royal Albert Hall and at EXPO' 86. She turned to ceramics in 1953 and exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. Gisela was a longstanding member of the Potters Guild of B.C. It was from the backyard playhouse at the family home where Gisela created beautiful pieces of pottery, from her iconic penguins, to dishware, owls, and sunflowers, which will remain as cherished family heirlooms for generations to come. A fashionable, elegant woman who maintained a distinctive sense of style, Gisela was unafraid to be herself, and would think nothing of stopping traffic, if it meant her trademark "double winkie wave" would be executed with flair. Gisela will be remembered for her unconditional love of family, perfect pancakes, art, time for giggles and devotion to her husband. The Kaempffer family would like to take this opportunity to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Sunrise of Vancouver, and the Madison Care Home for their compassionate care in the last years of Gisela's life. The family is celebrating Gisela's life on October 22, 2016. Omi requested there be no service.
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