Else Frank Geisel, 94 ½, was born August 10, 1911, in Furstenau, Germany. Sent to London in 1939 by her parents where she apprenticed as a couture seamstress with a specialty in bound buttonholes. Her apprenticeship saved her life; her mother, father, 2 sisters and 2 brothers remained in Germany and were exterminated by the Nazis. Else immigrated to the United States in 1946, where she was reunited with her brother, Carl, who had escaped the family's fate. A resident of Cincinnati, Ohio, for 44 years, she worked side-by-side with her husband, Albert, at his business, Al's Meat Market. In 1990, Else and Albert moved to Pueblo and into a home down the block from their only child, Hank (Ellyn Anne) and grandsons, Noah and Gideon. Widowed in 1996, Else remained in her home, kept company by Truffles, her son's dog. With the death of her pet companion in 2002, Else moved to Alterra, where she died February 10, 2006, of old age. Else lived her life bravely and always with a sweet smile. Memorial service, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Temple Emanuel, 1325 Grand.

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  1. Dear Hank, Ellyn, Noah & Gideon,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Unfortunately, we were unaware of Else’s passing at the time, but have happy memories of the times we spent with her and with your family — especially her sweet interaction with the girls. They still have the jewelry she gave them. Perhaps she recognized them on stage when she went with her group to see the Nutcracker several years ago. She will be missed. With love, LeeAnne, Mimi & Isabel

  2. I am sorry I wasn’t able to attend your mother’s service . . .it bothers me that I also didn’t write you when you lost your father . . .I’m grateful I can write you at least this way . . .They were both so deserving of everyone’s respect an admiration. I always though it was so wonderful that they were able to live so close and take part in your sons’ lives. How special their life’s experience of endurance and courage must have been for your children and for them to have had that respect and caring. I’ll always admire your family for your closeness and your special values towards others as well. . . may your deep faith give you comfort that they are truly watching over all of you and may you feel their closeness still with you even more. . .what a wonderful testimonial to their faith was how they were able to live their lives and the accomplishments of all of you that followed them . . .

  3. Hankl and Ellyn: Else was one of the nicest individuals I knew – I was so glad Tom also got to meet her- I still remember when I first met her and your dad. I visited her a couple of times (that I could find her) and would call her now and then. The last call I made to her she did not know me. I really think she did enjoy living at the Altera and made many friends. She will be missed but was ready to go home. (Hankl-no yellow correction stickys on this-okay-)
    Fondly
    Midge and Tom

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