March 26, 1926 - June 2, 2019
STILLER, Gunda, 93 of New Port Richey, passed away at home on June 2, 2019 under the loving care of her family and hospice caregivers. She is survived by her husband of 71 years, Richard Stiller, her daughters, Angelika Taylor and Karin Tengler; her son-in laws, Douglas Taylor and, Terry Tengler, and former son-in-law Dennis Hazel; her grandchildren, Matthew Tengler and wife Lauren, Lindsey Moussa and husband Michael, Leslie Hazel; great grandchildren, Tyler Hazel, Ana and Cate Tengler, Eli and Ryan Moussa.
Gunda (Knapp) Stiller was born in Zirndorf, Germany on March 26, 1926. Gunda was the last of six children born to Georg and Magdalena Knapp. Right after World War II, Gunda met Richard Stiller after he was released from a nearby American POW camp. With not much work in Germany, Richard and Gunda decided to emigrate, first to Canada, and shortly thereafter to the United States with their two young daughters. They settled in the Detroit area of Michigan (where they lived during Richard’s working years). As soon as the opportunity presented itself, Gunda and Richard were proud to become US citizens. Gunda often spoke of the wonderful decision they had made to come to America. She loved her life here and created new extended families from the many friends they had on both sides of the ocean. Gunda loved to cook and bake and was known for her many German dinner and dessert specialties (Her hot German potato salad and her homemade cream puffs were the talk of all her friends). She loved inviting guests over and always made enough so that there was extra for the guests to take home.Shortly before their retirement to New Port Richey in 1986, Gunda and Richard took up golf,which was an excellent lead-in to the next phase of their life in Florida. Until her legs started to give her trouble, Gunda used to play golf once a week with the ladies at Summertree and helped organize and cook for their tournament celebrations. She also loved to play cards and play mahjong with the ladies’ groups there. Gunda’s friends in California introduced her to the Casinos in Reno and Tahoe which became a favorite activity of hers. Once the Hard Rock Casino in Tampa opened, she and Dad no longer had to make the long drives to Biloxi, another favorite vacation spot for them. Mom’s last words to Dad, “We had a good life!” says it all. Gunda will be greatly missed by her loving husband, family and all who knew her. In lieu flowers, contributions can be made to Gulfside Hospice or the Kidney Foundation in memory of Gunda Stiller