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Gisela Player

January 17, 1945 — March 26, 2021

Gisela Brigitte Weber Player, beloved Wife, Sister, Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Aunt and Friend peacefully passed away at her home in Sandy, Utah surrounded by her family on the cool snowy morning of Friday, March 26th, 2021 at the age of 76. Gisela was born in Cosel, Silesia, Germany to Hans Weber and Elfriede Massner Weber on Wednesday, January 17th, 1945 near the end of World War II. On May 19th, 1952, at the age of 7, Gisela, her parents and sisters Karin and Doris, came to The United States to live in New York City. Gisela met her future husband, F. Stewart Player, in New York while he was attending Columbia University. It wasn’t until later, after Gisela moved to Provo to attend BYU and Stewart returned to Utah to finish his schooling at The University of Utah, that Gisela and Stewart reconnected, fell in love and married in the Salt Lake City Temple on Tuesday, September 2nd, 1969. In May of 1972, their son Gregory was born in Salt Lake City. After moving to California, their daughter Andrea was born in June of 1974. Gisela and Stewart lived in San Leandro, California for approximately 35 years where they raised their two children. Gisela was a mother and a homemaker for many years prior to going to work as an educator in the San Leandro Unified School District. After retirement, Gisela and Stewart moved back to Utah to be closer to family. They have lived in Sandy for the last 13 years. Gisela was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She loved to attend the temple weekly. She has served in many church callings and took on many responsibilities throughout the years. Gisela was also given many talents that she fully developed and loved to share with others. She loved to cook, bake, sew, quilt, make stained glass, crochet, knit, embroider, garden and so much more. You name it and Gisela could do it and if she didn’t know how, she would quickly learn. Gisela loved to take treats and handmade gifts regularly to her friends, neighbors and ward members. She was recently described as a “Mother Hen” who was always helping out and taking care of her neighbors. She clearly was a giver in life. She had the biggest heart and only wanted to make those around her feel loved and appreciated. Even in her last days, she was more concerned about those around her than she was herself. Gisela is survived by her Husband of 51 years, F. Stewart Player; her Sisters, Karin (Jerry) Seelos of North Salt Lake and Doris Weber of New York; her Children, Greg (Monica) Player of Boise and Andrea (LaVar) Oldham of Sandy; her Grandchildren, Leigh (Joe), Todd, Erika, Grant, Trent, Kirsten, Clark and Rose and Great-Grandchild, Kirk.
A visitation will be held on Friday, April 2nd, 2021, 6-8pm at Cannon Mortuary 2460 E. Bengal Blvd (7600 South) Salt Lake City, UT 84121. A private graveside service will be held on Saturday, April 3rd, 2021, at the Salt Lake City Cemetery 200 “N” Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103. Condolences may be sent to Cannon Mortuary at

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Friday, April 2, 2021

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