Christel Maria Brell, 77, of Watertown, Wis., passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, surrounded by her children. How she died is not as important as how she lived. Christel was born to Irma and Gerhard Brell in Witten, Germany, on Sept. 2, 1940, amidst World War II.
     Following the war, in 1954, she immigrated with her family to the United States. She attended Pius XI Catholic High School in Milwaukee. Upon graduation she enrolled in nursing school and became a licensed practical nurse. That was the start of her lifelong commitment to the care of others. In addition to serving as an LPN, she was a paramedic, emergency medical technician and ultimately a registered nurse. Her tenacity and perseverance are what allowed her to achieve those goals. The kindness, charity and respect she gave to all she met are why she was the one you wanted at your bedside saying, “I’m here, go to sleep.” Wherever she went, Christel usually made a friend or two. She had an innate sense of joy and happiness that was infectious. She dedicated her life to helping others, in any way she could. This included giving people a meal to eat or a place to stay, and in some cases a place to live. Her home was always inviting and a comfortable place for friends to drop by for a chat, a meal and a cup of tea.
    Christel is survived by her children: Monique (Greg McConnell) Garbowicz, Sandra (Greg) David and Pamela (Jason) Bloomfield; grandchildren: Jeremy Bloomfield (Jessica Bailey) and Taylor Bloomfield (Amanda Long); four great-grandchildren; brother, Gary (Julie Bodds) Brell; and many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Hannelore Kraus; and brothers, George Brell and Mark Brell.
    A celebration of life service will be held at the Schmutzler-Vick Funeral Home on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Ray Bezanson officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.
    In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity. Remembrances and condolences may be sent to the family at www.watertownwifuneralhome.com.