Gisela I. Friedenberger, 78, of Franklin Park died peacefully at home on Sunday, April 22, 2018, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Berlin, Germany, she apprenticed and worked as a jeweler before meeting and marrying her beloved Dieter. They immigrated to the United States where she resided in Franklin Park for the past fifty three years.
While raising her two children, she worked at the Schwaebische Alb restaurant before returning to her passion of working in the jewelry business. First, at Lavake’s, and then Simms Jewelers in Bernardsville for twenty six years. Upon retiring, she shared Dieter’s love of sailing by making several trips with him to the Bahamas and the surrounding waters. She continued to enjoy life by traveling, gardening, but must importantly, spending time with her grandchildren.
Joining the Franklin Woman's Club in 2008, Gisela held many positions and used her sales abilities to acquire prizes for the Annual Tricky Tray Auction which supports area girls graduating high school. She lent many hours to creating and maintaining gardens at the New Brunswick Ronald McDonald House, as a member of the Club Community Improvement Team. One of her most favorite Club positions was that of House Mother during the Annual Girls Career Institute (GCI) at Rutgers University. Each year she helped guide a team of high school junior girls, while they explored career opportunities and resided in a dormitory. All Club members treasured Gisela for her dedication to club projects and compassion to all.
Daughter of the late Kurt and Dora Mende, wife of the late Dieter Friedenberger, she is survived by her family Anette and Timothy Airey, Marc Friedenberger and Nicole Collins, Sister Karin Timm, 3 grandchildren Olivia, Madeline, Ian, and her companion Martin Petersen.
The Funeral Service will be held 10:00 am on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Griggstown Church 1065 Canal Road. Burial will follow in the Cedar Grove Cemetery, Somerset.
Friends may call on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 4-8 pm at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home 616 Ridge Road at New Road, Monmouth Junction.
Memorial Contributions may be made to Lewy Body Dementia Association, LBDA.org or VNA Somerset Hills, Hospice Program.
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