Gesine (“Zena”) Addyman of Arden Hills, Minnesota, was surrounded by loved ones as she passed away on February 27, 2023 after a brief illness. She was one of the good ones.
Gesine was born in Germany on January 13, 1940. She is preceded in death by her parents Paul and Gisela Massell and her first husband Gene Bergmann. She is survived by her husband of 28 years Robert Addyman, sons Paul (Laurie) Bergmann and Kent (Lisa) Bergmann, stepchildren Scott (Michelle) Addyman and Cyndi (Tony) Giles, siblings Elke Dean, Wulf (Georgeann) Massell and Brigitte Stewart (Don), grandchildren Karly, Lauryl, Erika, Trey and Trevor, step grandchildren Dain (Kate), Erin, Austin (Hannah), Steven (Misty), Ryan and Brianna, nieces and nephews Daniel (Karen), Ralph (Mai-Britt), Christian (Tamara), Scott (Ming-Yi), Christina (Tim), Erika, Brian (Sara) and Carissa (Mike), and many more family and friends.
Zena loved the warmth of the sun on the gulf beaches, tending her gardens and keeping the local birds well fed and housed. She was the ultimate host, always offering a bit to eat or something to drink, encouraging guests to stay just a little bit longer. She will be forever remembered as a loving, witty, feisty and kind woman whose family was everything to her. She leaves us alternating between laughter and tears, remembering the mightiest woman we've ever had the privilege to know, love and be loved by.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial in her name to Presbyterian Homes.