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Frederick Christian Gieseler, 83, Mechanicsville

Frederick Christian “Fred” Gieseler, 83, of Mechanicsville died Jan. 24, 2013, at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, Leonardtown.

Born Feb. 2, 1929, in Berlin, Germany, he was the son of the late Friedrich and the late Erna Gieseler.

Mr. Gieseler was born in Berlin and raised in Hamburg, Germany. After escaping the Russian invasion of Berlin while attending boarding school, he was able to grow up in what was West Germany. This allowed him the opportunity to emigrate to Montreal, Canada, when he was a young adult.

He entered the Volkswagen corporate world during this time, while learning to speak English. Shortly after, he made his way to America, which became his permanent home. At the first opportunity, after five years he acquired his U.S. citizenship. He was a true patriot of the land and was forever grateful for the opportunities America provided, but he insisted he was not, “wretched refuse” as stated on the Statue of Liberty. In 1968, he married Traute Buhr of Lubeck, Germany.

During his career as a mechanical engineer and successful businessman, he has been described by his colleagues as, “a mentor to many, a teacher to some and a friend to all.” He was an avid golfer, hockey fan, international traveler and motorcycle enthusiast making multiple cross-country treks even into his later years. He was a self-proclaimed linguist. His education included six years of Greek and eight years of Latin. He had a fascination with trains, collecting and riding on them. He enjoyed hiking, kayaking, museums, computers, dining out and collecting “Snoopy” memorabilia that included a collection of every comic strip ever published. He was proud of his vast collection of movies and music. He was known by his family as “Moosehead.” He insisted all life lessons can be learned by observing nature.

He is survived by his daughters, Helga C. Hertlein of Leonardtown, Monika J. Nicome of Boonville, N.C., Carmen M. Gieseler of Largo, Fla., and Sonia J. Anderson of Safety Harbor, Fla.; 10 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A life celebration will be held from 11 a.m. until time of memorial service at 1 p.m. Feb. 3 at Brinsfield Funeral Home, Leonardtown. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.