Gisela A. Zastrow, 76, died unexpectedly Aug. 1, 2015 in Nags Head.

Gisela was born in Germany in 1939. She emigrated to St. Louis in 1970s.  Gisela and her husband, Klaus, raised their two daughters while Gisela taught chemistry to at-risk children in the inner city St. Louis school system. The program she started in St. Louis eventually garnered national attention in the education field.

Gisela resided in Ocracoke year-round since 2000 where she loved reading and music, and working on numerous home and  garden pursuits. She also participated regularly in the Saturday Ladies Lunch group.

Though she battled her own health issues over the years, she was a dedicated mentor and friend to others seeking healing and wellness in their lives.

Gisela is survived by her daughterS, Bettina Zastrow, and her husband, Lance McGinnis, and their three children, Karl, Wilhelm and Klaus, all of Nyack, N.Y.; Katja Zastrow and her husband, Christian Teelucksingh, of Washington, D.C.; and her former husband, Dr. Klaus Zastrow.

Plans for a memorial service will be announced at a future time this fall.

Condolences to the family may be expressed via the online register at Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.