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KREITZ, Christel

April 6, 1941 — October 12, 2023

Christel Kreitz went to her heavenly home on October 12, 2023, at the age of 82 years of age.

On Palm Sunday, April 6, 1941, in Berlin, Germany, Christel was born to parents Erich and Charlotte.  She attended both elementary and high school, after which she attended business school, leading to her work as office manager at the Evangelical Konsistorium of Berlin and Brandenburg.

In December 1963, she met the love of her life, Edgar, and they were married in February 1966, on the date of her Father’s fiftieth birthday.  In May 1966, Edgar and Christel immigrated to Canada, finally making their home in Kelowna, British Columbia.  They celebrated the births of their daughter Brenda in November 1968 and their daughter Rita in November 1970.

Christel’s faith was of great importance to her.  She valued the relationships she built at Christ Lutheran Church, where she volunteered and sang in the choir.  She worked with Edgar in his electrical business, and in 1981, began work as the secretary of Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she ensured that the people of the congregation always came first.  After twenty busy, fulfilling years, she retired. Christel, along with her husband Edgar, enjoyed travelling, spending time with friends, and sailing on beautiful Okanagan Lake.  Her grandsons were of primary importance to her.  Christel was a devoted Oma, who never missed an opportunity to spend time with her grandchildren.

Christel is predeceased by her husband, Edgar, and her parents.  She is survived by daughters Brenda (Dr. Yuri) Quintana of Boston, Massachusetts, and Rita (Brad) Berget; and her beloved grandsons Nicolas Quintana, and Logan & Kenny Clarke.  Surviving relatives from Germany are her brother Ulrich (Sigrid), and brothers-in-law Walter (Helga), Gert (Edith), and Dieter (Uta), as well as her numerous nephews and nieces.

Our deepest gratitude and thanks go to Dr. Daniel Obedkoff and Patti Flansburg, to the Interior Health Palliative Care Team, and to our many caring friends and family.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Christel’s memory can be made to the Central Okanagan Hospice House, or a charity of your choice.

A Memorial Service will be held to honour Christel’s life on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2023, at 11:00 AM (PDT), at CHRIST EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH: 2091 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC. If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see below).

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2023, at 11:00 AM (PDT)


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The service for KREITZ, Christel is scheduled for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2023, at 11:00 AM (PDT). Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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2091 Gordon Dr, Kelowna, BC


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  • Tracey Litke says:

    I am so saddened to hear the news of your families loss. My sincerest condolences to all of you. I am sure she truly will be

  • Quintana Family in Texas says:

    It is with our deepest sympathies that we extend our love and condolences to all of Christel’s loved ones May she rest in peace with Eddie in heaven. Many hugs and wishes of comfort to you all from Vic, Rita, Stephanie, Cameron and Jessica.

  • Sandra Plank says:

    Brenda, Rita, and all your family, I am so sad for your loss. May you find comfort in memories of the many happy times you spent with your beloved mother and grandmother. Thank you for sharing some of those memories with us. Deepest condolences, Sandra

  • Uli says:

    Liebe Brenda, liebe Rita, liebe Söhne, danke für die bewegende Trauerfeier. Auch danke an Yuri für die Technik. So konnte ich auch in großer Entfernung von meiner großen Schwester traurig Abschied nehmen. Grüße an alle von Berlin nach Kelowna!

  • Bonnie Bender says:

    Dear Brenda and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. You were such a thoughtful, supportive, and giving daughter. My thoughts and sympathy are with you.
    Blessings, Bonnie

  • Thomas Kersten says:

    Liebe Brenda, liebe Rita, auf diesem Wege möchte ich euch und euren Familien meine herzliche Anteilnahme zum Ausdruck bringen. Ich durfte Christel als Gemeindesekretärin der Christ Lutheran Church kennenlernen und einige Jahre gemeinsam mit ihr arbeiten. Sie war sehr zuverlässig und loyal und hatte ein großes Herz für die unterschiedlichen Menschen in der zweisprachigen Gemeinde am Gordon Drive. Meine Gedanken und Gebete begleiten euch in diesen Tagen. Gottes Segen stärke euch und schenke euch Kraft und Trost.. Mit stillen Grüßen
    Thomas Kersten

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