Blatnik, Gisela Hager Age 93, of Ashburn, VA, peacefully passed away with family at her side March 30, 2016. Born November 19, 1922, in Hamburg, Germany to Annalise and Konrad Hager. She received a degree in language translation from Heidelberg University in 1945, just weeks prior to the American liberation of the city. Her first job was as an interpreter for the commanding forces. Thereafter, she worked for the Motion Picture Association of America in Frankfurt. She was married to the late Congressman John A. Blatnik, who represented Minnesota's 8th District from 1946-1974. Their marriage ended in divorce. Gisela was an active member of numerous cultural, social, and political organizations. She was the consummate congressional wife and a loving, devoted mother. She will be remembered for her exceptional kindness, humility, and grace. She is survived by her children Thomas Blatnik, Stephanie (Harry) Foxwell and Valerie (Robert) Mallett; grandson Nathan Sigel; and brother Hans-Carsten (Hannelore) Hager of Germany. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at the National Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C., on April 13, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arlington Free Clinic, 2921 11th St. South, Arlington, VA 22204.

Published on April 10, 2016

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