October 8th 1941 – June 22nd 2015
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Gudrun Weisinger, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and sister, on June 22, 2015, at the age of 73.
Gudrun Weisinger, nee Behmel, was born October 8th, 1941, in Dettingen (Hohenzollern), Germany as one of four siblings, two boys and two girls. In 1966 she moved to Canada, intending to stay one year, but there she met the love of her life, her soulmate Alfred. Together they built a life and had two sons, Peter and Franz. Gudrun also began her career as one of the most accomplished weavers in the country.
She had trained in Germany at the ‘Meisterschule für das Weberhandwerk’, Master School for the Weaving Trade, in Sindelfingen, and completed a Journeyman certificate, earning the title of Master Weaver in 1964.
Over the years she has exhibited many works at art shows and galleries, and has received prestigious awards and prizes in Canada and the United States.
Her commissioned work includes a tapestry for the Japanese Sister City of Surrey, BC; a wall hanging for a library in Newton, BC; recreation of several historic home textiles; and restoration of a Jacquard loom.
She was a most loved and distinguished member of the Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Guild in Salmon Arm, and was an Honourable Member of the Peace Arch Spinners Guild in Surrey. She taught all levels of weaving and designing and was often a judge at weaving exhibitions.
Gudrun was a meticulous artisan. In her words, “finding a perfect harmony of colour, texture, fibre and technique is of paramount importance in my weaving.”
In addition to her weaving, Gudrun also loved gardening and being outside. She was always positive, vital, and up for a new experience.
Gudrun is survived by her husband Alfred, sons Peter (Michelle) and Franz Weisinger, and grandchildren Maja and Monika; her brother Hermann and family in Germany, and sister Luise and family in Australia.
Thank you, Gudrun for a wonderful, fulfilled life. You wove it beautifully. A private memorial gathering will be held for family and friends.
In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed to the Canadian Cancer Society Southern Interior Rotary Lodge, 2251 Abbott St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 1E2; phone 250-712-2203.