Gail Hiers

Obituary of Gail A. Hiers

Gail Ann Hiers, 72, of Egg Harbor Township who was born January 31, 1949, died Monday, May 24, 2021. She was comforted through her final days in an unbroken circle of family who enveloped her in the force of love she herself stitched together. A proficient quilter and knitter, she sewed the fabric of our existence into a glorious quilt that we wrapped around her in this holy transition. Outside her dining room window, where the bluebirds nest and the chickadees are constantly in motion, a wren calls, “we need you, we need you, we need you” and it is as true today as it was yesterday. Gail’s life was the realization of the Butterfly Effect in a non-linear world where her deliberate acts of kindness continue to produce complex, sustaining ripples of love. Born to Edward and Mary Meinzer in Geneva, New York, she was raised with her brother Neil Meinzer on the cold of Lake Seneca and the warmth of faith. They moved to Mt. Holly, New Jersey where she attended Rancocas Valley High School. It was at Our Lady of Lourdes where she found soul mates, partners in crime, pinochle partners and friends to the end. Through the house of Lady Schmidt, she met her one and only love, Joseph Hiers. In 1969 she began her role as a Registered Nurse and as a wife when she married into the Hiers family. She worked at Shore Memorial Hospital for over 20 years in PICU where she collected more amazing humans to add to her family. After retiring, she worked in physicians’ offices and as a school nurse. Gail encompassed all the qualities of a nurse. She did what she did better than anyone and managed to balance working 12 hour night shifts and still remaining active with family and friends. Gail’s call to nursing was exemplified through the unconditional love that she provided while caring for both her mother-in-law and her own mother through their final years and hours of their lives in the comfort of her own home. Gail and Joseph brought into the world three beautiful daughters; Jennifer (1972), Noel (1975), Aubrey (1978). From Bargaintown they moved to Asbury Road where their family expanded to include their neighbors. Gail and Joseph built a home and a farm where they raised horses, goats, bunnies, chickens, and a menagerie of other animals. The couple opened their home to all their friends and family for infamous Christmas Parties, pinochle games and fun times. In the summers they participated in the Fresh Air Program hosting children from New York City to come and live on the farm for the summer. When her children were older she hosted foreign exchange students from France, Germany, and New Zealand. The more of her heart she shared, the larger it grew. Gail sewed her daughter’s clothes, knitted their sweaters, was a Girl Scout Leader, and assisted with little league. She also realized that to be a part of this world is to offer our talents to the community in ways that serve others. She volunteered with Quilts for Kids, Quilts for Valor, St. Katharine Drexel Quilters, the Marine Corps League, the Northfield Public Library and Cape May Technical School. Gail knitted hats for all her friends losing hair to chemo, blankets for all her friends having babies, she sent sweaters in all shapes and sizes across her network of family. She was the quintessence of giving. Gail loved adventure:, whether travelling to Watkins Glen, the Cliffs of Moore, Broadway, floating through a bat cave in Belize, or going to her grandchildren’s dance recitals. At a party you could find her by following the sound of her laughter. Gail is preceded in rest by her mother Mary Meinzer (nee Bauman) and her father Edward Meinzer. Those who live to spread the power of her love throughout the universe include: her brother, Neil Meinzer (Lisa); her husband, Joseph Hiers Jr.; her daughters Jennifer Hiers, Noel Hiers, Aubrey Hiers; her grandchildren Cordelia Hiers, Valencia Bybee, Conor Bybee, William Gerhardt, Olive Gerhardt as well as brother and sister in laws Jeff & Susan Hiers, John & Wendy Hiers nieces, and nephews. A mass will be held on Thursday, May 27 at 11am at the Church of St. Katharine Drexel, 6075 West Jersey Avenue, Egg Harbor Township. The mass will be open for all to attend. In lieu of flowers, Gail requests that you make a donation to Quilts for Kids http://www.quiltsforkids.org/ or Covenant House, Atlantic City https://www.covenanthouse.org/homeless-shelters/atlantic-city-new-jersey . For those who love gardens, potted flowers will be relocated from the church and planted in her memory. Condolences may be extended to the family at https://godfreyfuneralhome.com/
Thursday
27
May

Mass

11:00 am
Thursday, May 27, 2021
St. Katharine Drexel R. C. Church
Corner Of West Jersey And English Creek Avenue
Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, United States
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