Christel Juergensen

Christel Arnold Juergensen

Saturday, August 4th, 1923 - Saturday, March 28th, 2020
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Christel Arnold Juergensen

August 4, 1923 - March 28, 2020

Peacefully, with his wife Helen at his side, Christel Juergensen passed away at home on March 28, 2020.
He will be dearly missed by Helen, his sons Hans (Cathy McNabb), Carl (Brandy), and his grandchildren Max, Adam, Rhys, Cale, Jillian and Evan. He will be equally missed by his stepchildren Doris Arora (Ratish), Gary Fuchs, Guido Fuchs (Christina), his grandchildren Matthew, Teejay, Anil, Nick, Bradley, Emily, Jasmine, Benjamin and Thomas, and his great grandchildren Ryker, Mason, Jace and Hana. Christel was a hardworking and dedicated farmer whose resilience and passion was understood by all who knew him. He had a deep love of flying, an interest sparked by his father and one which he has also passed down to his sons and grandchildren.

His life is best described in the following biographical poem, written for his 96th birthday celebration:

On August 4th 1923 the world got richer by one
When Christel’s parents welcomed their second son

He grew up in Hamburg, Germany, a big city in the north
Politics were changing, he went to the military, of course

Glider flying, marching, power flying too
He also flew the Junkers Ju-52
Destination, Canada, after the war, working in a factory and saving some cash
They bought a small farm in Plattsville with their hard-earned stash

They flipped that farm and then bought another
And that’s where they had me and my brother

Growing up on a dairy farm, Opa taught us a tonne! We learned to:
Milk cows / Drive a tractor / Pick stones / Cultivate / Plow / Cut hay / Rake hay /
Bale hay / Throw hay / Stack hay / Feed hay / Scrape the barn / Scuffle corn / Harvest corn / Eat corn / Feed the cows / Feed the calves / Fork manure / Haul manure / Spread manure / Smell like manure / Birth calves / Feed calves / Draw calves / Bury calves / Mix cement / Build barns / Wire barns / Fix fences / Turn off the lights / Respect our neighbours

Then on Sundays we went to Air Sailing of which Opa was a founder
He taught us how to fly gliders, “Stay smooth on the landing, “don’t pound’er”
He taught us flying in his own Christel fashion
We are so grateful that he passed on his passion

Helen and Opa married in 1988 and together they:
Built a runway / Hoed evening primrose / Grew soybeans / Grew corn / Grew asparagus / Built a house / Ran a bed and breakfast / Built a hangar / Flew south and to Vancouver / Joined the Reform Party / Traveled the world / Welcomed 15 grandchildren / Enjoyed their neighbours / Loved one another

The family would like to thank the compassionate PSWs who spent countless hours caring for Christel in his final weeks. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Groves Memorial Hospital in Fergus, ON or The Ivey Eye Institute in London, ON. A celebration of Christel’s life will take place at a later date.
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    Belsyde Cemetery
    Thistle St. (off of Union St.)
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    Burial of cremated remains will happen in the future.
A celebration of life will occur at the family farm in the future.


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Posted at 03:03pm
Dear Helen and family, Andy and I will very much miss Christel. We have many memories of warm welcomes, having coffee and solving the world's problems with him and you too Helen. Christel was a man of faith and lived his life true to his values. Love and hugs to you. Praying for comfort and strength.

Lisa Pearson

Posted at 02:32pm
Dear Helen and family, I am so saddened to hear of Christel’s passing. I respected him for the strength in his voice and adored him for the tenderness in his heart. He will be missed. Sending warm thoughts and hugs to you all, Lisa xo

Nancy and Chris

Posted at 01:17pm
What a gracious person. Constant, adamanent (not talking politics :)) and again gracious. He's seen more about life on this planet than most of us in this country will. A true neighbour, friend, mentor, example. And has a wonderful family legacy so rich with the same values as he shares. It's been a gift to know him and Helen for so long. Course.....Helen was often the ying to the yang so bless you both. You did us. :)
love nancy and chris

Mike Morgulis

Posted at 01:12pm
Dear Juergensen family, Thuy and I were saddened to hear the news of Christel's passing. As I'm sure you all knew, he was an awesome guy, honest, caring, passionate, hard working and immeasurably proud of his family. When we hung out after a flying day at Air Sailing, he'd change the conversation from aviation back to his family - his family was the most important thing to him. He might have been a farmer, but he always kept an eye upwards to look at the clouds and see if it would be a good soaring day. We had a few flights together, he was a calm instructor with lots of insight and a great demeanor. He was always approachable, and even after I'd joined another club, he always greeted me like a long-lost friend with a big smile and an even bigger handshake. All of our best wishes and hugs, Mike, Thuy, Kaiya, Ari and Lior Morgulis

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