Gisela Anna Katharina Banze, 85, of Prince George, Va., passed away Friday, June 13, 2014, in Worms, Germany, near her childhood home.
Gisela married William, a career U.S. Army officer, in 1952 and moved with him to the U.S. where she was lovingly embraced by his family, to whom she remained close for the rest of her life. She became a U.S. citizen in 1956, but celebrated her German heritage and loved returning for visits to her family and friends in der Vaterland. Being an Army wife brings particular stresses, but Gisela found joy in the opportunities to make new friends. Elegant and outgoing, she loved her family and friends and enjoyed opera, fine jewelry, travel and a good party. She wished only happiness for everyone she knew, and gave it to everyone she met. "If I had my life to live over, I wouldn't change a single day."
She is survived by her husband, William Banze; daughter, Barbara and her husband, Edward Roettger; son, William Jr. and his wife, Laura Carr; grandson, David and his wife, Elizabeth; granddaughter, Katherine; and great-granddaughter, Hazel.
There will be a visitation from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June, 29, 2014, at the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 1769 S. Sycamore St., Petersburg, VA 23805, with a visitation to be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday prior to the service at church. Burial will follow in Southlawn Memorial Park, Prince George. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Capital Campaign of the Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer. Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com