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“I knew Traudel from the many years I attended Valley Bible Church, but just learned of her passing. What a treasure and blessing she was to everyone...Read More »
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“She was a very special lady. Always on the right hand of the Lord. A real inspiration to me in all she did and said. I have one of her bookmarks of...Read More »
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“Traudel was my mom's cousin (Heidi Armstrong). I remember Traudel sending me a folded up Christmas ornament which she had made and treasure it to...Read More »
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“So sorry for your loss. She had to have been such a great and spiritual woman to raise a wonderful family. Condolences to the family.God Bless...Read More »
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“Traudel and my mother shared the same life verse: Nehemiah 8:10.Both lived through World War atrocities (mother, WWI; Traudel WWII) in Europe.Both...Read More »
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Ehrentraut Eisele, beloved wife of the late Hans Ulrich Eisele for 55 years died in the hope of the resurrection of Jesus Christ on October 4, 2016. She was born on August 24, 1925 to the late Martin Stockmann and Ida Schneider Stockmann in Marienwerder, West Prussia. To old friends she was Traudel, to new friends she was Trudy and to family she was simply Oma. She, along with her family, emigrated from Germany to Windsor, Connecticut in 1955 and settled in Hartford until they moved to East Haddam in 1973. Although she lacked a formal American education, her wisdom, insights and courage were evident to all who knew her. When asked where her strength and joy came from, she would always answer with her life's scripture verse, "The joy of the Lord is my strength." Neh. 8:10. She unapologetically acknowledged her total dependence on God and saw every aspect of her life and death as "heavenly arranged."
She strived to serve her family, church and wider community with joy, generosity and faithfulness. In her early years she and her husband, Hans, reached out to many other German immigrants and began a Bible Study and Prayer Group that has lasted for over fifty years and still continues today. In her later years as a widow when she was more homebound, she took great pleasure in creating scripture bookmarks either from garden flowers she collected and dried or from intricate watercolor flowers she painted. She also stitched hundreds of "Cross in the Pockets" in needlepoint to encourage others. She couldn't wait to give these treasures away to anyone she would meet on the street, in doctor's offices, grocery stores or in church.
She is survived by a brother, Siegfried Stockmann of, Bradenton, Florida; a son, Helmut Eisele and his wife, Sandy of Pomfret; a daughter, Helga Phillips and her husband, Al of Hartford; and a son, Juergen Eisele and his wife, Dale of West Haven. She also leaves eight treasured grandchildren: David Eisele and his wife Melanie, Seth Eisele, Sarah Phillips Anderson and her husband Erik, Christina Phillips, Mark Phillips and his wife Tara, John Phillips and his wife Bojana, Rachel Eisele and Paul Eisele and ten great grandchildren.
A special thanks to Anona, Barbara, Elizabeth, Tanya and Teresa and all the caregivers from Hartford Healthcare Hospice Team who showed such gentleness, compassion and kindness as they provided comfort to her and her family during the final weeks of her earthly life.
Funeral services will be held at the First Church of Christ in Wethersfield, 250 Main Street, Wethersfield, CT. at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Hartford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to First Church of Christ, Wethersfield. For directions and online condolences, please visit www.taylorandmodeen.com.