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September 28, 2023

In Loving Memory ~

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Christel Maria Glaser on Sept. 28th, 2023. Her death, due to complications of a chronic medical condition, was unexpected and happened very quickly. She died under the professional care of the palliative doctors and nurses at West Coast General Hospital.

Christel's daughter, Sarina, greatly appreciates how caring, thorough and informative they were during her Mom's end of life journey.

Christel will be lovingly remembered by her husband, Helmut Glaser, daughters Sarina Koch (Philip) and Tamara Glaser. Christel was a caring Oma to her grandchildren Rowan, Melina, Taylor and Harrison. She is also survived by many members of the Forster family.

Telling stories about her German family became Christel's way of sharing her personal history with her own family in Canada. Christel immigrated to this country in 1955 and was ninety years old at the time of her passing.

She leaves behind many long-time friends who knew her from the festive cake and chocolate-filled gatherings she hosted during her sixty-five years living in North Vancouver. Christel was a wonderful cook and baker who loved nothing more than watching her guests roll out the door filled to bursting from the generous portions of her culinary creations.

She was also an accomplished dressmaker who worked as a seamstress in a variety of Robson Street businesses in the early days of Vancouver.

Christel was a people person who loved nothing more than hosting a room full of friends and family all laughing and talking at full volume. Her steady stream of stories, delivered up in her thick Germanic accent, are probably echoing off the clouds up in heaven at this very moment.

A private family gathering will be held in the near future.

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