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Christel Farrell, 90, passed away September 29, 2022, at Pride TLC, Weston, WI.
Christel was born December 22, 1931 in Berlin, Germany, to Eugen and Christina (Sipkes) Stuetz. Surviving WWII partly shaped the person she became. Christel worked in Finland as a Nanny and had many fond memories of traveling during that time. On August 8th, 1953, she married Alfred Weller (1962) in Gerlingen, Germany, and the couple welcomed a daughter the following year. Christel worked on the McKee Army Base, in Crailsheim, Germany, where she met the love of her life, Sergeant Robert Farrell. In 1964, they received permission from the US Government to get married, moved to the United States, and on May 22, 1965, they moved to Fort Leonard Wood, MO. Christel worked on base at a daycare center. After Robert retired from the military in 1968, they moved to Schofield, WI. It was important to Christel to become a US citizen, so she studied very hard and was proud to obtain her citizenship papers. She worked as a CNA at a Weston nursing home where she was nominated for Best of the Best for her untiring care of residents. She later took on supply clerk duties, as well as helping with record keeping. She retired after 33 years. Robert passed away July 22, 1989, and Christel kept herself busy by continuing to work, maintaining her house, lawn, and nurturing any animal that found its way into her yard. Christel was very passionate about her garden and grew all her own vegetables. She also spent a year driving a school bus and filled in as a dental assistant for a local dental office. In her spare time she took up water aerobics; she loved being in the water or on the water for boat rides and fishing.
Christel was a very private person, but developed life-long friendships on a one-on-one basis. Being a helper to some of the residents at Pride TLC was very meaningful to her. Throughout her life, she would happily stack wood with the family, help kids move, and during family events, was more at ease helping in the kitchen than visiting. Christel is survived by her daughter Kerstin (Allan), grandchildren Kristina (Alan), Max (Jessica), great-grandchildren Austin, Jake, Lily, Jonah, and Quinn.
A private graveside service with Christel’s immediate family will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Pride TLC, Weston, Life Enrichment Department. Our family wishes to thank the staff at Pride TLC for their patience, kindness, and caring of Christel and St. Croix Hospice for her additional compassionate care during her final days.
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