Christel R. Joehler

Christel R. Joehler - Rochester, NY - Rochester Cremation

On August 4th 2020, Christel R. Joehler passed away silently at about 11:30pm in Rochester, NY at the ripe old age of 95. She had a very long and eventful life growing up in Hitler’s Germany and then experiencing the Russian capture of Berlin. She was surprised by how the same news stories could be reported so differently by a free press.  In 1954 she immigrated to the United States with her husband Klaus and first child Thomas. They lived for a short time in Chicago, and then moved to Rochester, NY where her second child Catherine Susan was born. She worked for a short time as a drafts woman, but then became a full time mom to raise her 2 kids. In 1978, she moved along with her husband to Orlando FL, where she remained until 2008 when she moved back to Rochester, NY to be near her daughter in Greece.  


She was preceded in death by her husband in 1996 and is survived by her two children Thomas and Catherine Susan Mitchell and her 3 grandchildren Marissa Joehler, Daniel Mitchell and Andrew Mitchell.


She had a special love of Nature and a philosophy of free thought. She enjoyed Traveling throughout the world including: all over Europe and to Russia, throughout the US and Canada including Alaska and Hawaii, to South America, through the Panama Canal, and to New Zealand and Australia. However her favorite place to go was still her simple cottage on the shores of Devil Lake in Ontario, Canada. She also enjoyed painting, especially landscapes and nature. But one of her favorite past times that she never lost interest in was her love of reading and books.


Her final years were marked by the effects of Alzheimer’s disease but she kept a positive spirit through it all.

Should you wish to donate anything, please make it to the Alzheimer’s Association( in Christel’s memory.

6 Condolences

  1. Jodi Cooper on August 7, 2020 at 9:42 am

    So sorry for your loss. What an amazing lady who had a very full and happy life 💗

    • Sabrina Rainey on August 14, 2020 at 5:44 pm

      It’s with a heavy heart that I remembering all our wonderful family times growing up together- beach days, holidays, tennis to name a few. Time passes quickly, but how lucky are we to share so much time with our Moms. My mouth will always water with memories of Tante Christel’s bienstich Kuchen- it’s funny what we remember. Our condolences to you,Tommy and Suzy and your families. I know your Mom will be missed and never forgotten. With love, Sabrina and Mike

  2. Amy Denham on August 7, 2020 at 2:53 pm

    Deepest sympathy for your loss. What an interesting, rich life she had! I know she will be with you in spirit always.❤

  3. Harry Meier on August 8, 2020 at 4:46 pm

    August 8, 2020

    Dear Tommy,
    we would like to extend our sincere condolences to you, your family and Susan’s family.
    Susy informed us of mother’s fall and move to Hospice. You told us now what we were afraid to hear.
    Your mother and father were our best friends for decades. They allowed us to participate in your family life. As such we had the pleasure of seeing you and Suzy grow up.
    We always had very pleasant telephone conversations with your mother, the last one on July 18th.
    She will always be with us.
    Unfortunately, one has to expect this at our age, but it hurts nevertheless.
    Our love to you all,
    Onkel Harry and Tante Erika.

  4. Lori on August 10, 2020 at 1:32 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this news… Cristel holds a special place in my heart.
    Our condolences to all of your families.
    Sincerely and with live,
    Lori (and Mike) Smith

  5. Lori on August 10, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    I am so sorry to hear this news… Christel holds a special place in my heart.
    Our condolences to all of your families.
    Sincerely and with love,
    Lori (and Mike) Smith

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