Gisela Walter

Walter, Gisela

Peacefully on Friday, January 27, 2023, at her residence in London, Gisela passed away in her 92nd year.

Gisela was the beloved mother of Barbara (Linda) Ball and Ursula (Daniel) McCarthy.  Cherished Omi of Christine (Justin), Alex (Emily), Andrew (Maegan), Derek (Kristen) and Charlotte.  Proud great-grandmother of Lincoln and Jackson.

Gisela Walter was born in Berlin, Germany in 1931. She grew up in war torn Germany in a close knit family and survived the war living in Berlin. She met her husband, Eberhard Schmuck, in Germany and they  emigrated to Canada, moving to London,  in the early 1960s with two young children, Barbara and Ursula.

Shortly after arriving in Canada ,Gisela’s husband passed away. Gisela  started working as an office clerk at Northern Electric in London. She worked at Northern for 20 years. During that time Gisela attended night classes at Beal Secondary School to earn her High School Diploma. From there she began taking night classes and summer school through UWO to eventually obtain her Certified Management Accounting Degree. Gisela worked hard during the day, studied hard during evenings and weekends, and  raised her two daughters as a single mother. Life was tough for her with not very much time or money for leisure or fun. Gisela was a very hard working, disciplined person who achieved much success as a single career woman. She managed to raise her children and buy her own home, which was quite an achievement for a woman alone at that time.

When Gisela left Northern Telecom, she was hired as a Professional Accountant by  Revenue Canada. She stayed working for the Government until she retired in the 1980s.

During those years, Gisela  re-married Heinz Walter. Gisela and Heinz were very happy together for 20+ years (Heinz passed away 8 years ago). Heinz and Gisela retired in the late 1980s and became “Snow Birds”, wintering every year in Florida. Those were very happy years and Gisela enjoyed her life very much.

Gisela was always known as an early adopter of technology. It could be microwaves, laptops, cell phones, electric vehicles or any new gadgets – she would be the first to jump in. You could count on Gisela to master anything.

Gisela spent her last few years at the Longworth Retirement Centre.

Cremation has taken place.

Arrangements entrusted with Cremation London & Middlesex, 519-858-2467. Online condolences shared at

  1. Dear Barb, Linda dear Ursula and family
    Heartbreaking news. Our dear Friend Gisela left us. Now we have many nice memories of her and when Heinz was alive. Wonderful get togethers and trips we did take together and with Inga too Many years together in Florida, fun times at their house, at the beach and many shopping trips, especially on Saturdays at Bradenton market to buy our goodies. Our trip to south Germany with Hermann and I and then a visit to Berlin to meet her lovely family
    Oh, do we miss her!!!! I talked to her last week over face time and exchanged News. Our family is sad, we will always remember our dearest friend Gisela
    Our condolences to her family
    Helga, Hermann, Inga, raymond and Family

  2. Dear Barb & family,
    On behalf of Longworth by Sifton, our condolences are with you and your family. It was an honour that Gisela resided at our Retirement Residence where she developed many friendships and close relationships with staff. She will be sincerely missed. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Kind Regards,
    Carey McInnis (on behalf of the Longworth team)

  3. I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom/Omi Barb and a Christine and Alex. I know that she will leave a hole in your hearts. She was a strong and talented woman…a person to emulate in many ways. My heart goes out to you all

  4. Thinking of you at this sad time Barb. I remember your Mom as quiet and strong with a subtle sense of humour, and I admired how independent she was. I know you and your family will miss her … but our moms never really leave us xx

  5. So sorry about the loss of your mother. She was a pleasant lady. Clip and I enjoyed knowing both your mom and Heinz. May God bless you and your family.

    Dar and Clip

  6. Barb, I too remember your mom as quite the whiz when it came to technology….she was one smart and independent woman! You did inherit many of her positive qualities. You and Linda were so good to Gisela, including her in many family gatherings and looking after her requests, she was lucky to have you! Moms are extra special and she will be missed❤️

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