September 19, 1919 — October 21, 2017
Christine went to be with the Lord on October 21, 2017 at the age of 98. Survived by her loving daughter Irma Timm of Kelowna, BC and son George (Lynn) Schroth of Houston, TX; grandchildren: Ted (Tricia), Ramona (Brook), Colleen (Harry), Carmen (David), Sonya (Ron); great grandchildren: Curtis (Sabrina), Jessica (Anthony), Kristyn, Kayla, Stephen, Madalyn, Nathan, Sophie, Alexander, Lukas and Gabriella; and nieces and nephews in Germany. Predeceased by her husband Reinhold in 2004 and son Sieg in 2017.
Christine was born on September 19, 1919 in Nesterenko, Russia. She was the eldest child with 2 young brothers and a little sister who died in childhood. She was a very bright child and did extremely well in school, but unfortunately post-revolutionary Russia caused much hardships to her family and she did not continue her education. During the Communist regime, she was forced to use her skill as a translator due to her excellent knowledge of languages. A severe illness at age 19 almost took her life and resulted in transforming her heart and starting her faith journey with God. She married Reinhold Schroth February 23, 1941. Their daughter Irma was born in 1942 and son George in 1944 as Christine with her children had fled Russia. The family was reunited with Reinhold and settled in Germany. In 1953 they immigrated to Canada, living in Winnipeg where son Sieg was born in 1959. Christine worked hard at many jobs to support her family. Her heart was always for others and she hosted many people in her home and fed even more at her table. Upon moving to Kelowna in 1967, Christine always had a large garden and for many years shared generously of her bounty. She sewed goose down feather comforters and summers were busy with gardening, canning, cooking and baking. She was part of a church family that meant so much to her. In the last 10 years of her life she needed full-time care. Her family would like to thank the staff at Spring Valley Care Center for the love and kindness they so faithfully showed to Oma, especially all on Unit 2 Orchard. A Private family service will be held. If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”
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