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Gisela Anna Karoline Mates

September 23, 1929 — February 25, 2023



Sadly, on February 25th, 2023, in her 94th year, after a 5 week stay at Victoria Hospital, we lost our dear Mom and “Oma”.  We were all lucky enough to have had a last family visit, where she recognized and acknowledged all present. 

Beloved wife of late Heinz Mates (2009),  sister to Gudrun Kaross (Berlin, Germany), Loving mother to Frank Mates, Sonya Vandercammen (Peter), Loretta Morrison (David) and dearly loved by her grandchildren Luke Doelle (Monika), Jake Doelle, Ben Vandercammen (2022), Conor Morrison (Jill), Jayden Morrison, Maranda Mates (Matthew) and Chelsea Connolly (Aaron).  Also great grandmother to Liam & Scarlett (Doelle) and Charlotte (Connolly).  We were all so blessed to have had Mom (Oma) in our lives.  If you ever had the pleasure of meeting her, you would understand the loss and void we are now feeling.

With a 3 month old baby (Frank), Heinz and Gisela left Germany (1957) for a better life in Canada. They made many sacrifices and worked hard to open Mates TV, a family run business that closed its doors in 2009 after almost 50 years in business. 

Many messages over the last few days, referred to our mother as kind, sweet and welcoming. She was a special human who always had kind words and the best advice. To honour her last wishes, cremation has taken place and a family gathering will be planned at a later date. Mom (Oma) was an avid animal lover and over the years had many pets of her own.  She also enjoyed taking care of ours. Therefore, if anyone would like to make a donation, we ask that it is directed to the London Humane Society or any animal rescue of your choice. 

We thank the staff at Victoria Hospital ACE unit for making her last days comfortable.

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