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CHRISTEL JOHANNA LISBETH BLIESKE (nee SCHATTNER) Christel Blieske, aged 95 years, passed away peacefully at Seven Oaks Hospital, surrounded by her family, on Tuesday, May 1, 2012. Christel was born in Shevind, Germany on June 7, 1916 to Lisbeth and Hermann Schattner. She was predeceased by her husband and best friend, Leo and her beloved daughter Linda Podmers. She is survived by her daughter Margot Pickard (Ted) and two sons, Bernhardt Blieske (Palma) and Mark Blieske (Carolyn), as well, she leaves behind eight grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and their families. Christel was a loving Mother, Oma, Auntie and friend to many. Her strong faith and exuberant personality radiated throughout her life. Her love for her family and friends was contagious and she exemplified what it meant to be a Christian and to love unconditionally. Her patience and ability to listen was one of her greatest attributes. She had a great sense of humour and was often sought out for her wise council. She loved, music, swimming, trying new restaurants with the girls and spending time with family. A very special thank you to all the health care workers who assisted her in her last years. In particular, Marlene, Virginia, Charlotte, Lola, Carmen, Jocelyn and Sandra Slonosky. As well, the Palliative Care Team, Seven Oaks Hospital staff and Dr. T. Fatoye. A service of celebration will be held on behalf of Christel at Eastview Community Church, 3500 DeVries Avenue, East St. Paul on Saturday, June 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m., Pastor Delbert Enns officiating. Christel was an avid supporter of the young people. If people so desire, donations may be sent in her memory to the Winnipeg Children's hospital in lieu of flowers. As we say goodbye to Christel, we celebrate her life and can rejoice that it is now well with her soul'. We will miss you Christel and God Bless you in your new and wonderful journey with the Maker.
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on June 16, 2012
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