Renate Giller passed away peacefully at home on June 8, the result of complications from recently diagnosed cancer.
Born in 1941 in Buenauburg, today the Czech Republic, she and her family were forced to flee their home in 1945 to escape the Russians. They re-settled in Hameln in the West German State of Lower Saxony, where she grew up. Always a practical person, Renate became a technical designer. She met her future husband Peter in January 1960, when he invited her to a Carnival ball. She went as Cleopatra and he as Caesar. Renate and Peter married in 1966, thus celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary in March of this year.
When Peter and Renate were offered jobs in the U.S. with Westinghouse Electric, the Gillers emigrated to America in 1969, where they resided initially in Media, Pennsylvania, then moved to Princeton in 1976. Renate became the mother of two children, Oliver in 1974 and Michelle in 1978, today Mrs. Michelle Clark of Seattle. Both gave her two grandchildren: Julia, Maika, Alexander, and Taggart. Unfortunately, Oliver passed away from brain cancer in 2018, which caused Renate great pain until her final moments.
First and foremost a wife, a mother, a grandmother, and a friend, Renate was an active member of the Lutheran Church of the Messiah since 1978, of the German Club in Princeton, and of her neighborhood, where she was always there to help when needed, likewise a wonderful hostess, both done with love and grace. She was especially proud to have become an American Citizen in 2018.
There will be a private burial at the Princeton Cemetery this week. It will be followed by a memorial service and reception after the coronavirus is no further threat to the participants.