Gisela Anna Schmidt (nee Jorss)

Gisela Anna Schmidt (nee Jorss)

Gisela passed away peacefully at Hillside Village on March 30, 2015 at the age of 91 years. She was born and raised in Hamburg, Germany and in post-war years worked as a drafts person/technician for a manufacturing firm in Esslingen Germany.

In 1966 she immigrated to Canada and married Reinhold, whose career took them to many exotic places in the far East. Returning to Canada, they spent years in SK, AB, and BC enjoying travel and social life with many acquaintances and friends.

Gisela was an expert seamstress and dappled in scenic photography. As a lifelong companion of dogs, she was predeceased by many canine champions… her last, Max. She loved and respected all animals and she spent as much of her life as possible outdoors during her frequent walks.

Gisela was feisty and independent, with a dry sense of humor that at times was unexpected. If you had the patience to get to know her, she as a loyal and generous friend. Gisela was proud being a Canadian; a highlight of her life was when she became a citizen of Canada (1970).

We became acquainted with Gisela at a difficulty point in her life and came to know a spirited lady quite by accident. We will treasure and remember friendship shared with her. It was a special kind of journey walking and being part of her life as a widow.

She is survived by her stepson Kurt Schmidt of Leduc, AB as well as friends Brenda and Joe.

No service at her request.

Many grateful thanks to the kind and compassionate staff at Hillside Village for adding light to her life for three years. Thanks also to Curtis Horne who made her laugh and added to the quality of her life in her twilight years.

Arrangements entrusted to Fischer’s Funeral Services & Crematorium Ltd., Salmon Arm (250) 833-1129. Email condolences and share memories through Gisela’s obituary at

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