Red Bank resident Gisela
Elisabeth Torrel, affectionately known as Oma, died suddenly on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Riverview Medical Center in
Red Bank. She was 71.
Born in Winnenden, Germany, Gisela immigrated to the
United States as a young mother in 1968. She lived as a homemaker in
Brick with her husband, Thomas Torrel, who passed away 13 years
ago. Later, she moved to Red Bank, and worked as an operating room technician at JFK Medical Center in Edison.
Gisela was a
loving mother and a devoted and engaging grandmother. She was a giving
and forgiving person. In her free time, Gisela loved cooking, baking,
gardening, shopping, and appreciating nature and the outdoors,
especially with her long walks all throughout Red Bank.
thoroughly enjoyed working at JFK, and looked forward to being able to
dedicate herself to her friends, coworkers and patients. Her energy was
monumental. She was always ready and willing to offer her help to a
friend or a stranger, and her final selfless act as an organ donor is a
testament to her universal generosity.
Gisela is predeceased by:
her parents, Paul and Paula Stotz; and her husband, Thomas Torrel.
She is survived by: her son, Charles Boyles and wife Gina, of Brick; her
daughter, Barbara and husband Tom McEvoy, of Little Silver; her five
grandchildren, Kevin, Joseph and Marissa Boyles, and Robbie and Claire
McEvoy; her two sisters, Ellen Parker, of South Plainfield, and Wally
Ellis, of Minneapolis MN; several nieces, nephews; and a second
cousin, Armin Goelz of Frankfurt, Germany.
Visitation will be
held from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the John
E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. A Mass of Christian
Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, at St.
James R.C. Church.
Interment will remain private. In lieu of flowers,
memorial donations may be sent in Gisela's memory to Interfaith
Neighbors, 810 4th Ave., Asbury Park, NJ 07712.