March 21, 1952 – April 23, 2016
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our Giselle of Qualicum Beach, at age 64. Giselle was born in Winnipeg, and moved to Prince Rupert at a very young age, where she was raised. It was there that she met her husband and raised her family, before moving to Qualicum Beach in 1993.
She is survived and still much loved by her husband Gaetano (aka Joe), children Peter (Sandra), Tony (Jacqueline), brothers Vern and Peter (Leanne) and the loves of her life, her grandchildren Rocco, Pina, Isabella and Marcello, along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her mother, Gertrude Melo and her father, Werner Rathje. Her warmth and graciousness attracted many people to her throughout her life. This created a legion of friendships and the respect of all who met her. She was a strong example of resilience in embracing life, having survived cancer over 30 years ago before the horrible disease came back with a vengeance. She was a God-fearing woman who dedicated her life to the Lord, and has been an inspiration to many. She will be sorely missed by all who loved her.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday May 28th at the Christian Fellowship Centre in Qualicum Beach, with a reception following.