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Gisela Darling, 88yr.old of Long Prairie, passed away on Wednesday, January 17, 2023. at the Long Prairie Care Center.
A Mass in her honor will take place on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the St. John's Vianney Catholic Church in Long Prairie at 10:00 AM.
Visitation will take place at the Iten Funeral Home in Browerville on Friday, January 26, 2024, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, with a rosary being prayed at 6:00 PM. Visitation will continue the day of Mass at the church one hour prior. Burial will take place at the Christ the King Catholic Cemetery.
Gisela Hildegard Darling (née Müller) passed away peacefully at Long Prairie Nursing Home on Wednesday, 17 January 2024, just one month shy of her eighty-ninth birthday.
Gisela was born in Berlin, Germany on 17 February1935, the only child of Erich and Helena (née Gesner) Müller. She received her primary and secondary education in Germany. Gisela’s childhood memories, which she shared with her family, were shaped by the changes that took place in Germany during the Second World War. Her family lived on the fifth floor of a cold-water flat. She spent much of her free time in the building next door, visiting her aunts. She remembered sometimes having to hide in the basement of the building to protect herself from the many bombings. She lost many friends and schoolmates during the war. Gisela and her parents managed to feed themselves and survive the terrible times of the war with the produce they were able to grow from the garden that the German government allowed each family to have, for which they were very grateful.
After the war, Gisela met and fell in love with a cheerful and smiling American soldier, Glen Darling. They were married on 26 December 1963 in a private chapel at the USAF 7350th Air Base in Berlin-Tempelhof. They had two daughters, Roxanna (1964) and Sabrina (1965). In 1969, the couple moved to the USA, eventually settling in a suburb of Chicago. A proud day dawned for Gisela in 1974 when she became a US citizen. Gisela worked all her life as a professional seamstress. She worked from home and paid great attention to detail in all her work.
Gisela returned to her native Germany every few years to visit her parents, family, and friends. She took care of her family and their activities and became a grandmother to 13 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren. Gisela was a determined, hardworking woman with an unforgettable dry German sense of humor. She loved gardening and animals, but most of all she loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She lived in Texas, Illinois, Florida and most recently in Minnesota. She will be greatly missed.
Gisela is survived by her daughters, Roxanna (John) Talley and Sabrina (Scott) Quinn; grandchildren, Wesley (María de la Paz) Talley, Steven (Olivia) Talley, Mitchell Quinn, Elissa (Ryan) Vigil, Shane Quinn, Michaela (Lawrence) Gerads, Kaitlin (Michael) Eddy, Rosalie (Dustin) Smith, Mariel (Andrew) DeLisle, Celine (Paul) Trummer, Martin Talley, and Timothy Talley; and her 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen; her parents, Erich and Helena Müller; and her grandson, Sgt. Aaron Talley (USMC).