Elsie Mayer – “OMA”
Elsie Christine Mayer (Nee Gabel) age 94 passed peacefully on Monday, October 19, 2021.
Elsie was born July 19, 1927 in a town in Hungary to the late Jakob & Katharina Gabel. She was born with the name Elisabeth but her father started the tradition of calling her Elsie as a child and it stuck. Elsie married the late Nickolaus Mayer on February 26, 1948 and together they built a family in Germany that moved to America in 1955 that is like no other. Family was the most important thing to Elsie. As matriarch, she is survived by her three children, Gunther and Alice (both born in Germany) and Eric who was the surprise American made child with strong German parts. As of her passing, she had 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren along with one on the way!
Oma was a true homemaker that learned to drive in her forties so she could be independent along with working part time at Valley Inn, Country Club Diner and last at Lipkin’s Bakery. She was an amazing chef and baker and, with Opa being a butcher, their home was always filled with German made food that could literally feed an army! The Mayer’s were always well fed with both food and love. The memories and traditions will live on for generations.
Elsie had one sister, Johanna, (who we call Hanni), residing in Kirchanshoring, Germany. They talked with each other weekly and visited multiple times over the years. Hanni and the late Ossi had 2 children and 3 grandchildren. We always felt like they were right here in our backyard as Oma relayed all the conversations she had with her sister each week.
Oma’s sister, Hanni, was married to Ossi Zuber and has two children. Niece Ulrike married the late Gerhardt Lechner and has two children – Michael and Benedict. Niece Bettina married Werner Ortner and has a daughter Marie Christine.
The roots of a family tree begin with the love of two hearts. Oma interacted with every single limb on the tree leaving the core values of family and love. She had three children Gunther, Alice and Eric.
Gunther, married to Marilyn, has three children - TracyLyn, Marcus and Cristy who all live in Florida. TracyLyn gave Oma her first great-grandchildren, Justin and Montana.
Marcus, married to Katherine, has a daughter Robyn and a baby sister on the way, due April 1st. Cristy, married to Eric Rittenhouse, has four children – Koen, Emerson, Graciana and Noah.
Alice, now married to Paul White, has two children Nicole and Christian Corrado all living in Indiana. Nicole, married to David McKinney, has one daughter Nelle. Christian, married to Emily, has three children Laython, Lilly and Malachi.
Eric married Crucita and has two children Eric and Amber Lyn all living in Feasterville, PA. Eric, married to Kate, has one son Charles. Amber Lyn and Joseph Affet have one son Mason.
Oma raised the family in Northeast Philadelphia on Ripley Street before moving in with Eric and his family after the passing of Opa in 1997. In 2018, Oma moved into Attleboro Nursing Home where we visited almost every day until the Pandemic hit. We want to thank Anna, at Attleboro Nursing Home, who was our Godsend. During the height of the pandemic, Anna was there to duo call us so we could see Oma and she could see us. We always felt we were right there with Oma, just like normal.
Oma had an impeccable memory and was truly a walking encyclopedia. We will miss her life stories and always bringing up detailed events that happened throughout her life in Germany and during the war, along with current events and family events that occurred over her 94-year life span. She was our go-to whenever we couldn’t remember things.
Oma always had a strong faith in God which she shared with all of us. We are thankful she has met her Maker and is at peace.
We will have a small graveside funeral to share in our memories and celebrate The Mayer Matriarch 11:30am on Monday, October 25th at Lawnview Cemetery.