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ISSLER, Ursula (née Mohn)

December 16, 1933 — January 26, 2021

Ursula Issler (née Mohn) went home to be with the Lord on January 26, 2021, at the age of 87. She is survived by her four children: Dorothy Wiebe, Barb (Gordon) Kwiatkowski, Dieter (Diana) Tripke, and Cornelia (Harry) Issler; her 11 grandchildren; her 14 great-grandchildren; and her brother Hans-Werner Mohn. Through her marriage to Gustav Issler, Ursula also had step-children Reinhart (Irene) Issler and Harry (Cornelia) Issler; and  6 grandchildren. Through her marriage to Erwin Giersch, Ursula had step-child Inge (Wilhelm – deceased) Saufferer; 4 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren.

Ursula was born on December 16, 1933 in Evingsen, North Rhein – West Phalia, Germany.  She was the youngest of two children born to Werner & Helene Mohn. Her brother Hans-Werner was three years older. Her father died in 1942 at the age of 37, due to double lung pneumonia. Her mother raised Ursula and her brother alone through WW2. Ursula’s total trust in her Lord and Savior started to grow during the war, as she faced fear and hunger, and it carried her throughout her entire life.

She met her husband Waldemar Tripke at the age of 19 as they attended the same church. They courted for 6 months and were married on August 29, 1953. Their first child, Dorothy, was born in 1954. A week prior to Dorothy’s arrival they bought their first bakery. It was so run down; they wasted no time in starting to renovate it. The bakery business was so successful, that in 9 years they had 3 established locations and were soon going to open up their fourth. During that time their second daughter Barb, was born in 1957, and their third child a son, Dieter was born in 1959. Those were difficult and busy times.

During that time the political situation in Germany was unstable and their lease agreement with the landlord was soon expiring, the decision was made to move to Canada as a new opportunity presented itself to them. Even though it meant starting from the beginning, they wanted a better future for their children. So, in June 1963, after all the businesses had been sold, Waldemar, Ursula and their 3 children boarded the “Arcadia” and set sail to Canada. Ursula was concerned and saddened to leave her mother behind as she was not well. Ursula learned to “lean on God” and trust that He would take care of those she loved and said goodbye too. Ursula clung to her 3 children, her husband and her God as she embarked on this new adventure.

In August 1963, Tripke Bakery was opened in Prince George, BC. Ursula worked daily beside her husband, helping with counter sales, cake decorating, pastries, wedding cakes and delivering to the many hotels and stores on the side. Three years later in 1966, their fourth child, Cornelia was born. The bakery was thriving, but the long hours took their toll on Ursula’s health.

The decision was made to sell the bakery in Prince George and move down to Kelowna to retire, which they did November 1981. They had already built a home in Kelowna that they would come down to visit every other weekend from 1978-1981. But Waldemar did not take retirement well and soon opened up a bakery in 1983. Ursula worked tirelessly at Waldemar’s side and the bakery thrived.

In April 1985, Waldemar suddenly died of a massive heart attack, leaving Ursula alone to manage the bakery. Dieter having baked alongside of his father in Prince George, stepped up to do the baking. Eventually the bakery was sold in the early 1990’s.

In 1986, Ursula started seeing Gustav Issler, a widower, who had been part of a close circle of friends at Grace Baptist Church. Their friendship grew, and they married in December 1986. With Gustav, she had the opportunity to travel which she never did with Waldemar as she helped him build his thriving bakeries. Gustav and Ursula travelled the world as a couple as well as with a few special friends.

In the spring of 1998, Gustav suddenly fell ill and died of lung cancer. Ursula filled her time with her children and grandchildren. She also had many wonderful friendships with the ladies of Grace Baptist Church. Yet she still yearned for companionship and started seeing Erwin Giersch, a widower. Their friendship grew, and they married in September 2001. During those years as Erwin’s health was failing, Ursula cared for him faithfully, while putting her own declining health aside. Erwin passed away in June 2017.

To Ursula her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were everything. She lovingly cared for and was available to each and every one. She had different nicknames for them, and she was known for her heart shaped waffles, which she always made sure to have a fresh batch waiting for whoever came over. Ursula also loved her two Maltese dogs, that she had owned over the last few years. Suzy and Daisy were very special companions to her that she loved to spoil. Ursula also loved flowers, Azaleas and Cyclamens were some of her favorites. She had such a green thumb. Singing was also something she had enjoyed doing and had joined the choir in both the church in Prince George and in Kelowna. Eventually Asthma made singing to difficult for her.

Ursula loved to drive her car; it was a stress release for her. Sometimes she had a heavy foot, she always proudly told us the story about arguing with a police officer over her speeding ticket. She told him “she needed to blow out the carburetor”.

Mom, you will be truly missed. We thank you for loving us and leaving us a Godly legacy. Thank you for praying for us constantly. It will be hard not to want to come over for a cup of coffee or to call you to tell you what’s been going on in our lives. We love you dearly, until we meet again.

Due to Covid-19, a private Funeral Service will be held to honour Ursula, you can join the family by Livestream on Wednesday, February 10, 202,1 at 1:30 PM. A recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter. (SEE BELOW)

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of your choice or to the ministries of the Victory Life Church.

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  • Betty Anne McCallum says:

    My heart goes out to each family member for your loss. Ursula was one of the most beautiful people I’ve known. Now she can enjoy her heavenly reward. God bless each of you with His love and peace. Love and hugs for all. Betty Anne McCallum

  • Dave says:

    I am sorry to be reading this news. . My condolences to your family.

  • Craig and Elena Tostenson says:

    Sending love and prayers to you Cornelia, Harry and all of your family. May your beautiful memories of your mom bring you comfort at this time. In deepest sympathy Craig, Elena and family

  • Liz Emmerzael says:

    I was so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mom and grandma. I was good friends with Dorothy back in our Fort St. John days. I got to meet your Mom, Dad and Cornelia as well when they would come up to visit Dorothy and the girls. Our daughters all were great little friends in those days. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this very sad time,
    🙏🏼❤️🙏🏼❤️ Liz Emmerzael, Melissa, Heather, Graeme and families

  • Brian Redschlag says:

    My prayer for your family is that you would find Peace and Joy in the Legacy of Love, Devotion and Faith that your Mom displayed throughout her Life. How Honoring to have such a Great Example to pass on through the Generations. Take comfort in the knowledge that she is not only at Peace but in Joyous Celebration with Family and her Heavenly Father. She touched so many lives along the way and now its time for the next Generation to carry on with her Loving example and let his light shine through all she was in Christ Jesus. May you find comfort in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father

  • Angelika McKinley (nee Mickley) says:

    Losing a mom is so difficult, my heart goes out to all of you. May God comfort you as you go through this difficult, painful time. My condolences to all who loved her. 💜

  • Ute und Nina Schnitzer says:

    Liebe Cornelia, lieber Harry,
    es ist unheimlich schwer den Verlust eines geliebten Menschen zu ertragen. Doch unser eigener Weg hat uns gelehrt, dass dem Schmerz das Begreifen folgt. Das Begreifen das unsere Lieben nicht gegangen sind, sondern in uns weiterleben und uns die Kraft geben zu glauben und zu verstehen.
    Euch beiden und Eurer ganzen Familie wünschen wir viel Kraft und die Erinnerung an all die vielen schönen Momente mit Eurer Mutter, die Euch dann ein Lächeln aufs Gesicht zaubern. Sie hatte ein bewegtes Leben, Du hast es sehr gut wiedergegeben und schön geschrieben.
    Es ist schwer und Sie wird immer fehlen.
    Wir fühlen mit Euch, von ganzem Herzen
    Ute und Nina

  • Carrie Liegmann says:

    Ursula, you have left us with such a legacy of love! Thank you!! For your entire family exudes your warm hospitable and caring nature in all they do. I am requesting especially, that the grandchildren master the “heart shaped waffles” so that the warmth of the morning Son will continue to shine in their hearts and homes in memory of Grandma. 😉 You will be missed here. Enjoy Paradise. We’ll join you in due time.
    With love to the entire family,
    Roger & Carrie Liegmann

  • Ruth Hamm says:

    Our deepest condolences at the passing of your Mom. She was special to us; she always appreciated spending time with us. We shared a love of the Cobb Salad at Red Robin; it was her favourite, and ours too. This picture was taken outside Red Robin the last time we were able to see each other.

  • Cherielle says:

    Dearest Dorothy, Barb, Dieter, Cornelia and your families… I remember your mother as a gentle, lovely person, you were blessed to have her in your lives. Thank you for sharing her heartwarming story.
    Sending love, gentle hugs and praying for your hearts to heal.

  • Ralph-Edgar Mohn says:

    Dear Dorothee, Bärbel, Dieter, Cornelia and your families…
    In my thoughts I am often with you after I have heard about the death of your dear mother, grandmother and my dear aunt. I am sure she is enjoying being in heaven now, that’s what she tells me when we phoned together last year.
    My consolation for you is written in 1st Petr. 1.8:
    You love him (Jesus) although you have not seen him; you believe in him, although you do not see him now, and you will rejoice over him with joy inexpressible and glorious,
    (Her was now allowed to change the place of residence from earth to heaven)

    I wish you consolation through Jesus in the time of pain of losing a loved person.
    In love, greetings, God’s blessing
    Edgar und Susanne, mit Jonathan, Rahel, Daniel und Chistin Mohn

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