Gisela Haugenes of Rye passed away on September 27, 2017. She was 84.

Born October 10, 1932 in Tonsberg, Norway, she was the daughter of Jack and Esther Smaso. She immigrated to the United States in 1948 and lived in New York City with her mother and siblings, Nina and Jack.

In 1955, she married Ottar Haugenes, and they lived in Bay Ridge, Flushing, and Huntington, N.Y. until 2011 when she moved to Rye. Her husband predeceased her.

Mrs. Haugenes’ love for Norway and dancing was only matched by her love of family. She was the loving mother of Scott Haugenes (Claudine), Steve Haugenes (Susan), aunt of Linnea Wrage (George) and Monique Koedel, and cherished grandmother of Skylar, Hannah, Dylan, Jackson, and Tor. She is also survived by her niece, Scarlett and nephews, Wyatt and Colton.

A brunch will be held Saturday, October 7 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Rye Golf Club.

To place an online condolence, visit Donations in her memory may be made to Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital’s Vascular Biology Research Department (

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