Simon-DeathGisela Simon passed away peacefully with family by her side at the Grand River Hospital on Sunday, June 7, 2015 in her 94th year. Predeceased by Rudolf Simon (1974) and more recently Reinhard Rinast (2002). Loving mother of Harald and his wife Laurie, and the late Monika who died in infancy. Dear stepmother of Lori (Fred Gerdei), Anna Marie (Bernie Reiter) and Rita (Tasos Karatsoreos). Proud grandmother of Amanda, Justin, Christopher, Tania, Stephanie, Ilia, Niko, Johanna and great-grandmother of Axel, Maddie, James, Hayden and Marissa. Predeceased by her brother Alex (2014). Fondly remembered by her niece Louise and nephew Tom. Gisela maintained her grace and optimism through a journey growing up in Lodz, Poland, the hardships of WWII, post-war East Germany and immigration to Toronto and Kitchener. Her enthusiasm for cultivating friends and learning three languages reflects a life of love and laughter, truly well-lived. A Celebration of Gisela’s Life will be held at York Cemetery in Toronto at a later date. Arrangements entrusted to Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home). Visit for Gisela’s memorial.