Katherine L. Gisel, who was active in civic and community organizations, died Monday in her Buffalo home after a brief illness. She was 89.
Born Katherine Lee in Marietta, Ga., she was a graduate of Draughan's Business College in Georgia.
Mrs. Gisel was the first Georgia employee of Bell Aircraft when it established a major airplane manufacturing facility there at the onset of World War II. It was there that she met her future husband, William, who went on to become the president and chief executive officer of Bell Aerospace.
Mrs. Gisel lived in Buffalo for more than 60 years and was very active in civic and community organizations, including Buffalo General Hospital, the Junior Board at Women and Children's Hospital, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Meals on Wheels. She also was an elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church, a trustee of the Bell Fund and a proud member of the Thursday Group and the Garret Club.
Mrs. Gisel was a a strong supporter of her husband throughout his career, and in their free time, both enjoyed golf and travel. They were married 56 years until his death in 2000.
Survivors include a son, William G. Jr. of Buffalo; two daughters, Sarah G. Green of Lexington, Mass., and Barbara G. Oerhle of Bryn Mawr, Pa.; a sister, Dorothy Ryden of Summit, N.J.; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave. Interment will be at the church.