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Obituary

Gertrude E. Gsvind

1/30/14

ST. MARTINS–Gertrude Elfriede Gsvind, age 84, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014 at Harrison House in Snow Hill.  

Born April 27, 1929, in Hindenburg, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Elfriede Golba.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andy Gsvind, in 1984. She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her daughter, Barbara Bunting and her husband, Victor, of Whaleyville, and her son, Charles Gsvind and his wife, Tracey, of Berlin.

She was the adored grandmother to four grandchildren; Victor Bunting, Jr. of Berlin, Lesley Bunting Gurgo of Berlin, Robbie Gsvind of Berlin and Katie Tibbs of San Diego, Ca.  

She is also survived by two brothers, Horst Golba and his wife, Cristel, of Frankfurt, Germany, and Gerhardt Golba and his wife, Elke, of Spearfish, SD. Preceding her in death was a sister, Margot Wistlich of Volkensbach.

Mrs. Gsvind was a poultry grower for Perdue, Inc. for 37 years and received several awards as an outstanding poultry producer. In Mrs. Gsvind’s healthier days, she loved going to the beach, playing bingo, tending her yard and flowers, crocheting and knitting, but most of all being surrounded by her family.

During the Russian Invasion of Upper Silesia in 1945, her family fled by train with other German refugees to the west and resided in Kleinwallstadt, Germany. It was there that she briefly worked repairing parachutes for the U.S. Military and met her future husband, Andy Gsvind, a U.S. soldier. They wed in Hofstetten, Germany in December of 1948 and came to the U.S. They briefly lived in Libertytown before making their home in St. Martins.

A funeral service was held on Monday, Jan. 27, at the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin. Interment  followed in Sunset Memorial Park.  

A donation may be made in her memory to: Coastal Hospice, P.O. Box 1733, Salisbury, Md. 21804, or Parkinson’s Foundation 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, N.Y. 10018. Letters of condolence may be sent to www.burbagefuneralhome.com.

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