July 12, 1923 – July 30, 2017

Gardiner, NY

Gisela Wagner, 94, born July 12, 1923 in Ronok (Oberradling) Hungary, died Sunday, July 30, 2017 at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Johann and Gisela Unger Schanter.

She and her late husband, John Wagner, and children immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1955. They moved to Gardiner, NY in the late sixties and became owners of the former Bavarian Inn on Route 44/55. Gisela was the chef for many years, pleasing her customers with German specialties such as Sauerbraten, Wiener Schnitzel, etc. for over 30 years.

Upon retirement, she and John enjoyed traveling to Florida, Puerto Rico and Hawaii. As a widow, she lived with her daughter, Veronika and son-in-law, Stanley Moore until the age of 94. She loved animals, especially dogs, including a pet chicken, Bertha. Her favorite dog was “Butch.

Survivors include another daughter, Gertrude and Peter Wiggins of Atlanta, GA; three grandchildren, Mark Wiggins, Christina Miller and JonPaul Moore, as well as eight great-granddaughters, Katie, Emily, Anna, and Mary Wiggins and Caroline, Elisabeth, Caitlin and Chloe Miller.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 4 to 7 pm at Copeland Funeral Home, Inc., 162 South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY 12561. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at 10 am at St. Charles Church, Route 44/55, Gardiner, NY, followed by burial at St. Charles Cemetery.

Please consider donations to Hospice, 400 Aaron Court, Kingston, NY 12401 or the Ulster County SPCA, 20 Wiedy Road, Kingston, NY 12401.

Arrangements are under the direction of Copeland Funeral Home, Inc. Condolences may be made to the family at

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