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Gisela Nobel

March 07, 1924 - October 01, 2016

Funeral Service - Thursday

October 06, 2016
- 1:00 PM

Riverview Place Chapel, Fargo


Boulger Funeral Home

Gisela Nobel

March 07, 1924 - October 01, 2016


With great sadness, the family and friends of Gisela Susanne Nobel announce her passing on October1, 2016 at the age of 92 in Fargo, ND.

Gisela was born in Nordborchen /Paderborn Germany on March 7, 1924. She was the daughter of Dr. Leo Nobel and Maria Demuth Nobel. Her young life was marked by the tragic loss of her mother, paternal grandparents, and youngest sister, Helge, during World War II. Her inner strength and the spirit that carried her through those difficult times remained a facet of her personality throughout her entire life.

She taught primary school in Grossenleuder, Germany before emigrating to the United States in 1955. With the assistance of John and Lucile McCormick, she first settled in Fargo, North Dakota. She assisted the McCormick’s in raising their seven sons and attended NDAC. After graduation, she moved to Fergus Falls, MN where she was a German language instructor at Fergus Falls High School. She then moved to Moorhead, MN where she further pursued her love of education as an Assistant Professor at Moorhead State University. She headed the German Club where she shared her talent, dedication and joy of language with her students — arranging many trips abroad for those interested in German culture and heritage.

Gisela was an accomplished woman who led a versatile and adventurous life. She had a great appreciation of art and music and was a talented pianist who enjoyed performing for her friends and family. Her love of travel found her exploring many parts of the world. An avid photographer, she skillfully captured the beauty of Greece, Italy, Ireland, Yugoslavia, Iceland, along with the Galapagos Islands – always looking forward to her next adventure. And never to be forgotten, she loved nature and especially “her birds”. She had a kind and generous heart, a keen sense of humor and many, many friends.

Gisela Nobel was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Helge, her brothers Adolf and Manfred, and her beloved sisters Hilde Kramer and Margaret Hoffman who passed away one day apart from each other.

She is survived by her late brother’s widow, Gerda Nobel and nieces and nephews, Birgit (Kramer) Niehus with Harald of Stein, Germany; Dr. Harald Kramer with Claudia of Petersburg, Germany; Reiner Nobel with Ulrick of Krefeld, Germany; Jutta Kramer with Margit Linhard of Furth, Germany; Jill Cox with Brian Skelly of Tuckahoe, NY, along with 15 great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by the seven McCormick brothers, their spouses, children and grandchildren. Gisela has now taken leave of us but will remain forever in our loving memory.


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10 responses to “Gisela Nobel”

  1. Dr. Harald Kramer Petersberg/Fulda Deutschland says:

    Petersberg, 4.10.16
    Leider können wir zu Giselas Beerdigung nicht nach Fargo kommen.
    Wir möchten allen Freunden und Bekannten Giselas, besonders aber Jill und Familie McCormick für all die Hilfe und Unterstützung danken, die sie unserer Tante nicht nur in den letzten Jahren zuteil werden ließen.
    Gisela war noch vor dem Tod ihrer Schwester Hilde Nobel, unserer Mutter, 2009 häufig in Fulda zu Besuch. Wir haben sie als ausgleichende und liebenswürdige Tante erlebt.
    Harald Kramer mit Familie

  2. JB says:

    You will be missed by many, rest in Peace, God bless.

  3. Mary Zurn says:

    I am incredibly sad to hear about Frau Nobel. She was an amazing professor who taught me to love language, learning and travel. Spending a month with her in Germany was one of the most wonderful experiences in my life. I have so many great memories of our time spent together. She will live in my heart forever. God bless the memory of Frau Nobel.

  4. Anna Knier says:

    I can bring to mind Gisela’s voice and I hope I’ll always be able to do so. It is absolutely a privilege to have known her. With prayers.

  5. Jutta Kramer says:

    Falls der Tod aber gleichsam ein Auswandern ist
    von hier an einen anderen Ort,
    und wenn es wahr ist, was man sagt,
    dass alle, die gestorben sind, sich dort befinden,
    welch ein größeres Glück gäbe es wohl als dieses?

    Unsere liebe Tante
    Gisela Nobel
    entschlief sanft und friedlich am 1.Oktober 2016
    in Fargo North Dakota

    Jutta Kramer Harald Kramer Birgit Niehus

  6. Harld und Birgit, geb Kramer Niehus says:

    Wir behalten Tante Gisela immer in Erinnerung. Sie war ein Vorbild für mich, meine Kinder und unsere Enkel .
    Sie war ein Bindeglied zwischen U.S.A und Deutschland.Gerne habe ich sie mit ihren Studenten durch Nürnberg geführt wenn sie auf Studienreise war.

  7. Valerie (Walter) and Allan Thoennes says:

    We will miss our dear teacher and friend. Frau Nobel always had a kind word and wanted to know how we were doing. It was good to keep in touch all the years after college. She will be missed.

  8. John A. Gjevre,MD says:

    In the 1980s (during my tenure at St Ansgar Hospital in Moorhead) it was my privilege to be Professor Nobel’s physician. She indeed was a portrait of the classic professor. To me, her inquiring mind seemed obvious and she was sensible in her questions. She respected me as did I her. Yes, she was an asset to the Moorhead/Fargo community and their three institutions of higher learning.

  9. James Roman says:

    MSU student fast vierzig jahren vor.

  10. Keith Melroe says:

    Gisela Nobel was an amazing person . I had the opportunity to know her since the 1980’s. She taught me about Germany and her life. Thanks for your giving of yourself and your life to others.

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