Gisela H. (Saitz) Hinz

Born: Tue., Dec. 1, 1925
Died: Wed., Jan. 8, 2020


10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Sat., Jan. 18, 2020
Location: Saint Peter's United Church of Christ

Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Jan. 18, 2020
Location: Saint Peter's United Church of Christ

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In the early morning hours of Wednesday, January 8, 2020 Gisela H. Hinz (Saitz) passed away in her sleep. She was ninety four years old. 

Gisela was born on December 1, 1925 in Erfurt Germany the second of seven children born to Walter and Gertrude Saitz. Gisela attended business school in Germany. She worked at various jobs in her youth. In 1958, encouraged by her uncle, Gisela and her sister Renate immigrated to Michigan. Gisela worked at Tyler Refrigeration in Niles, Michigan. A friend at work introduced her to Robert Hinz. Bob and Gisela were married on January 20, 1962, he proceeded Gisela in death. 

Gisela was a member of Saint Peter’s United Church of Christ where she sang in the church choir for many years. She was also involved in various church activities. 

Gisela is survived by her step-daughter, Betty Hudson-Villanueva (Roy); step-son, Michael Hinz; daughter Christine Horning; son-in-law Daniel Horning; grandchildren, Jennifer Funkhouser  (Scott) and Jon Hudson (Alisan)); and great-granddaughters, Kelsey and Kaitlyn Funkhouser. Gisela is also survived by her sisters, Renate Hinz (Manfred) and Marianna Rosenburg; brother, Werner Saitz (Hannelore); and her very special friend Tammy (Sammy) Rosbrugh. 

The family wishes to thank all the wonderful people at Milton Adult Day Services for their care and support.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 18th in St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 915 N. Ironwood Dr. The family will receive friends in the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service.

Memorial contributions to honor Gisela may be made to Milton Day Center 922 E Colfax Ave. South Bend, IN 46617 or St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 915 N. Ironwood Dr., South Bend, IN, 46615 Welsheimer Family Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Family and friends may leave email condolences at

Charitable donations may be made in Gisela's memory to the following organizations:

Milton Adult Day Service
922 E. Colfax Ave, South Bend, IN 46617

St. Peter’s United Church of Christ
915 N. Ironwood Dr., South Bend, IN, 46615

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Toni Rosemary nemeth and Bob
   Posted Wed January 15, 2020
We are really sorry about Gisela she is in our prayers. Hoping to attend the service if the doctor doesn’t schedule my appointment then. We had so much fun when we bowled at turners and I know she liked her snaps when she did her tricks going down the alley we would laugh till our stomach hurts, you had to be there. we miss her and Bob. God and peace be with her. Toni and Bob

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