Helen Giesler, 102

Helen Giesler (nee Schmid) of Cedarburg died on Monday, Nov. 22, 2010, at the age of 102.

Helen was the dearest mother of Inge (Frank) Wintersberger of Cedarburg, Annemarie (Michael) Breitmeyer of The Woodlands, Texas, and Hannelore (John) Weber of Granger, Ind.  She was the beloved "Oma" of seven grandchildren,  Kim (Ahmad), Rick (Victoria), Lore, Hans (Katie), Heidi (Charlie), Sonia (Ben) and Anya (Drew); and of 13 great-grandchildren.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Wendel, and her four brothers and seven sisters.

Helen was born on Nov. 26, 1907. She had a happy childhood, surrounded by her 11 siblings, on a farm in the beautiful Black Forest in Germany. She earned a nursing degree and spent several years in Spain and England working as a governess. In 1939, she married Wendel Giesler, an engineer, also from the same farming village.

In 1952, the family immigrated to the United States and settled in Fond du Lac.  A skilled seamstress, Helen taught sewing at the Singer Sewing Center and, in retirement, German at the Vocational School. In 1994, Helen and Wendel relocated to Cedarburg to be close to her daughter, Inge. There, she continued her avid interest in gardening and active concern for the environment.

Helenís close-knit family, however, was the most important thing in her life. She had a special love for children, and everyone who came into contact with her remarked about her kindness. She will be greatly missed and never forgotten.

A Mass of Christian burial was held at 11  a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010, at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church South, N44 W6055 Hamilton Road, Cedarburg.  Friends were received at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment was at Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Goethe House Wisconsin or Clean Wisconsin.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of Cedarburg is assisting the family. For online condolences, please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com.