Anna Katherine (Berger) Gisinger

Born: Wed., Apr. 17, 1918
Died: Thu., Dec. 10, 2015

Recitation of the Rosary

7:00 PM Thu., Dec. 17, 2015
Location: Burns Mortuary

Funeral Mass

10:00 AM Fri., Dec. 18, 2015
Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church


2:00 PM Fri., Dec. 18, 2015
Location: Hermiston Cemetery

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Anna Katherine Berger Gisinger

April 17, 1918 – December 10, 2015


Anna Katherine Berger Gisinger was called home on December 10, 2015, at the age of 97, at St. Anthony Hospital surrounded by family members.

Anna was the eleventh of twelve children born to George D. Berger and Magdalena Dilger Berger on April 17, 1918, on a farm near Fallon, North Dakota.

In 1936 she moved with her parents and younger brother to Mandan, North Dakota.  She was employed at a sewing room in Mandan for 3 years.

In 1939 she married the love of her life John Gisinger Jr. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Mandan.  Her and John made their home in Bismarck, North Dakota, following their wedding.  In 1941 they moved to Hermiston, OR, where John worked at the Umatilla Army Depot.  During the Korean War Anna also worked at the Depot for 3 years. 

Following John’s sudden death on May 29, 1960, Anna worked at the local 25 flavor ice cream store for 4 years.  In 1966 during the Vietnam War she returned to work at the Army Depot for 4 years. 

Anna’s hobbies included sewing, crocheting and doing crafts.  She also enjoyed playing pinochle.  Her family and friends were blessed with many beautiful crocheted and sewn items which were made with much love.  Over the years she traveled the world seeing things many people can only imagine.   

Anna was a devout Catholic and is a member of the Catholic Daughters of America in Hermiston.  She was also a member of the Eagles Lodge in Hermiston.

Anna’s greatest accomplishment in life was her family which includes daughters, Deloris Gisinger and Shirley Hall along with her son-in-law Edward Hall.  Also surviving Anna are her four grandchildren, Melvalee Carter, John Hall, Lisa Blagg and Kevin Hall, eight great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren, and her brother Dominik Berger.

Preceding her in death were her parents, husband John, six brothers and four sisters.

Mom, granny, great-granny and great-great-granny will be missed terribly by all who knew her.  She was a loving woman who taught us all to love unconditionally.

Recitation of the Rosary will be held Thursday, December 17, at 7:00 PM at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton Chapel.  Funeral Mass will be celebrated Friday, December 18, at 10:00 AM at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pendleton, with a luncheon to follow in the Parish Hall.  Following the luncheon, Burial will be held at 2:00 PM at the Hermiston Cemetery. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to: the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association, and may be sent directly or through Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, PO Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.  Sign the online condolence book at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. 

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Janet Runnion Koch
   Posted Tue December 15, 2015
Much love and prayers to all of the family of Anna. You should be very proud of you entire family and the amazing love you shared with each of them. God bless and keep you.

Richard Faith
   Posted Thu December 17, 2015

THE COLOR OF MEMORIES TABLE ARRANGEMENT was sent by Her Nephews -- Richard, Alvin and Pat Faith.

In loving memory of our Aunt Anna. May she find eternal peace and happiness with the angels.

tom weeks
   Posted Thu December 17, 2015
Deloris, Shirley and Ed and your families: so sorry for your loss...what a full and wonderful life. Ellyn and Tom Weeks

tom weeks
   Posted Thu December 17, 2015
Deloris, Shirley and Ed and your families: so sorry for your loss...what a full and wonderful life. Ellyn and Tom Weeks

Vicki Stillman/Chery Stillman
   Posted Thu December 17, 2015
we are very sorry for your loss of your wonderful mother.You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Vicki/ cheryl Stillman.

Helen Rozema McAfee
   Posted Sat December 19, 2015
Dear Shirley, Just want you to know that I'm thinking of you and your great loss. May the love you had for your Mother help get you through the tough times ahead. Blessings to you and your family Shirley....Helen

Peggy Young
   Posted Sat December 19, 2015
Dear Deloris, Shirley, Ed and your family,
On behalf of my siblings and myself I want to express our sorrow for the loss of your mother. She will be missed by all of us who loved her. She always made us feel so welcome. Marie, Bobbi and I will miss our conversations with her. She was the keeper of our family history and also of current happenings.
With love to you all.
Your cousin, Peggy

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Tue December 29, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Juanita Aydelotte and Helen Maris
   Posted Sun January 03, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. I will miss the wonderful vusits with Anna. A very sweet gentle soul.

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