A private funeral service will be held at Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo, ND. Donations can be made in Gisela's name to Elim Care Center, Fargo, ND or to Hospice of the Red River Valley.
Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.
Gisela Keller, age 93, passed away January 19, 2013 at Elim Care Center in Fargo, ND, where she had been a resident since 2010.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Udo and her son, Gero. She is survived by her son, Ingo, Carola (Richard) Olson, Lakeville, MN, Uta (Mike) Kremer, Morgan Hill, CA; 3 grandchildren, Anna, Christopher and Desiree and 3 great grandchildren, Harrison, Logan and Isabella.
Gisela Clara Schilling was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1919 to Gertrud and Gerhardt Schilling. She married Udo Keller in 1941.
After the war, the family faced many hardships and with Gisela’s strong faith in God and her spirit of optimism, she was able to navigate through her life’s journey. In 1956 they immigrated to the US along with their 3 children, Gero, Uta, and Ingo. They settled in Frazee, MN and later in Fargo, ND.
Gisela was a woman of many interests and talents. She loved to learn. She was unable to finish her studies in war time Germany and at age 62, she finished her studies at NDSU earning a Bachelor’s degree. She received her Master’s degree in 1986 from NDSU at the age of 67. During that time she was also employed by the NDSU Varsity Mart Bookstore.
Gisela was passionate about history, in particular, researching her family tree. Over the years, she collected data on her family dating back to the 14th century. In the mid 1960s, she added to her collection of family history by hand painting on fine china the coat of arms of each family spanning 14 generations. This became an important part of her 36 year study of family history. During the research of her ancestors, she also learned about the history and geography of the time. This inspired her to write about her own life history to pass on to her children. Her story appeared in several publications including the Heritage Review, Minot, ND.
Gisela also traveled extensively all over the world after retirement often exploring remote places where she was the only Caucasian. She retired from NDSU at age 75 where she was head of the book department at the Varsity Mart.
Gisela followed a family tradition of supporting the community and in 2001, she made a generous endowment to the NSDU Development Foundation in memory of her husband, Udo Keller.
The family extends their deep gratitude to the staff of Elim Care Center, especially Station 2, for their loving care and kindness, and to Hospice of the Red River Valley.