Elise (Goslar) Gatzka

Born: Fri., Oct. 28, 1927
Died: Wed., May 6, 2015


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Elise Gatzka

Oct. 28, 1927 - May 6, 2015 SOUTH BEND -

Elise Gatzka passed away in her home at 87 years of age on May 6, 2015 after a year long struggle with cancer. She was born on October 28, 1927 to the late Heinrich and Anna Goslar in Hildesheim, Germany. She married the former Horst Gatzka in 1948 and eimigrated from Germany to the United Sates in 1951 with their 3 year old daughter, Hannelore. They settled in South Bend, Indiana where she worked as a nurse's assistant in the neonatal care unit at Memorial Hospital for 23 years. She attended Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and was active in church activities. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horst G. Gatzka in 2002, her son-in-law, J. Reid Lichtenfels in 2004 and her grandson, Evan R. Lichtenfels in 2013 in addition to three sisters and a brother in Germany. She is survived by her children, Hannelore Lichtenfels and Dr. Deborah (Kerry) Fisher both of Denver, CO and her son, Donald H. Gatzka of Dallas, TX. Also surviving are three grandchildren, Kristian Thomas (Blair) Lichtenfels, Joel Scott Fisher and Hannah Elise Fisher, and her great- grandchildren, Owen Reid, Margaret Elise and William Hardy (Heather) Lichtenfels all in Denver, CO. Her sister, Marlis Fischer and extended family survive in Germany. Elise requested no visitation or local services. Cremation will be in the Welsheimer Family Crematory. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Bend, Indiana. e-mail condolences may be made at www.welsheimer.com.

Charitable donations may be made in Elise's memory to the following organization:

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
225 Haney Avenue, South Bend, IN 4613

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Sigrid Phillipoff
   Posted Tue May 12, 2015
I was so sad to hear of your mom's passing. She was such a warm and fun Tante. I will always remember her and the fun times we had at the lake. Condolences to your family.

John & Nancy Entstrasser
   Posted Wed May 13, 2015
Don & Family:

I was so sorry to read of your mom's passing. My wife and I both worked for Northwest at SBN and saw you frequently coming in to visit her. Your devotion to her was inspiring. May God bless you and your family and provide comfort and healing as you face the days ahead.

John & Nancy

Linda Williams Lizzi
   Posted Wed May 13, 2015
Hanna and family, I am sorry to see that you have lost both of your parents now. Time goes by so quickly. I remember many snacks and meals at your homewhen we were in grade school, and how your mom doted over us. It was a very loving home. My prayers are with you and your family.