Gisela Maria Hartley died Oct.6, 2008, after a battle with cancer. Gisela was born May 7, 1943, in Kassel, Germany, where she was raised and lived until 1967, when she married Larry Hartley and moved to Coalinga.

Gisela and Larry moved to Hiouchi in 1998.

Gisela loved nature and found tremendous joy in working in her flower gardens, and walking the trails along the redwood trees lining the Smith River.

She was preceded in death by her parents, andquot;Willieandquot; and Sophi Schleede of Kassel, Germany.

She is survived by her husband, Larry Hartley of Hiouchi; son, Chris Hartley and wife, Pam Hartley, granddaughters, Allison and Stephanie Hartley (who were her pride and joy) of McKinleyville; brother, Ludwig Schleede of Kassel; sister, Renate Bisbee of Fresno.

A celebration of Gisela's life will be held for family and friends Saturday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. at the family residence in Hiouchi.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution to the American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wier's Mortuary Chapel of Crescent City.