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Isobel Kristijan

Isobel Kristijan

December 27, 1941 March 2, 2021

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Obituary

Obituary for Isobel Anne Kristijan (Gfeller)

Surrounded with the love of her family and her cherished classical music. Isobel went to be with the Lord on March 2, 2021, in her 80th year. She was the beloved wife of the late Miklós Kristijan for over 50 years. She was predeceased by her parents Frederick and Euphie (McColl) Gfeller and her much loved sister Margaret Stevenson. Isobel was the cherished sister of Ken Gfeller (Karen) and will be missed by nephews, Tim (Christine) and Scott (Sarah) Gfeller, nieces, Julia and Jodi Stevenson and her great nephews, Cole and Hayden Gfeller
Isobel brought a passion and determination to everything she undertook, always striving for excellence, meaningfulness and enjoyment. This was exemplified throughout her long career teaching, inspiring and influencing students in The Ottawa Board of Education schools. She passed on her love and expertise in vocal and instrument instruction as the Board’s Instrumental Music Consultant and coordinator of the extra curricular music, dance and drama programmes.
Upon retirement, Isobel and Miklós moved to Black Donald Lake, Calabogie, where her energies combined her strong Christian faith and love of Christian music with being choir director and organist for churches in Almonte and Calabogie. They settled at their beloved St. Andrew United Church, Calabogie, where she continued her music ministry, developing strong and meaningful friendships over the years.
Always seeking new interests, Isobel and Miklós’s love for their German Shepherd dogs, gardeners extraordinaire, a working concern and love for their community, and sharing good food and fun times with friends and family at their lake home, were always constants.
Special thanks to Dr. Nicole Dunlop, Roshene Lawson, Clinical Chaplain at St, Vincent’s Hospital, Kim Hallarn, Director of Care at The Redwoods and the assisted care staff, for their loving, compassionate care.
Isobel's final care has been entrusted to Zohr Family Funeral Home, Renfrew. A private internment will be in the spring at Hillcrest Cemetery, Calabogie and a memorial service in memory of Isobel and Miklós will be held in the summer. Tributes and condolences can be left online at www.zohrfuneralhome.com

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    Hillcrest Cemetery
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    Calabogie, Ontario
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Ted Hobson

Cousin Isobel leaves us with many fond memories, from early days at the cottage in Manotick through the years when the joy of music was shared with Isobel and Miklos. A feature of those times together was the fun that went into the preparation of meals and enjoyment togteher in those family times. Added to the bank of family memories. Our deepest condolences to Ken, Karen and the family. Ted and Sherry Hobson, Maders Cove, Nova Scotia
Comment | Posted at 01:27pm via Condolence
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Diane Scharf

We were shocked and saddened to read of Isobel's passing in the Saturday paper. Each of us girls had to cut the notice out of the newspaper to save. Such good memories we have of the three Gfeller children: Isobel, Ken and Margaret. And also of their parents Fred and Euphie. We extend our deepest sympathies to Ken and others who were close to Isobel. We pray that you will sense God's presence with you through this time. With love, Shirley (Martin), Diane (Scharf) and Marilyn (Charron).
Comment | Posted at 07:47pm via Condolence
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Tim Gfeller

Take care Aunt Isobel - we will always remember the times at Black Donald lake and I will always remember the piano lessons - even when I didn't practice. Thank you for all your support - You and Uncle Miklos were a huge part of my life ever since I can remember and those memories will last forever. From the Rideau river to cooking ribs on the deck at Black Donald - you will be missed tremendously - thank you for everything you have brought to our lives. Tim and Christine
Comment | Posted at 04:36pm via Condolence
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Suzanne Wilson-Marjerrison

During Isobel's long-time membership in the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Ottawa Centre, she was the Organist & Choir Director of St. Paul's Anglican Church, Almonte. Early in that time, she attended several of the Tools & Techniques Courses offered by the Ottawa Centre. During the 1990's, she brought her choir from St. Paul's, Almonte, to take part in the Massed Diocesan Choir of the Anglican Diocese of Ottawa in Christ Church Cathedral every year. She will be missed by her colleagues in the RCCO.
Our sincere sympathy to the family.
Frances Macdonnell and the RCCO, Ottawa Centre
Comment | Posted at 02:30pm via Condolence
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Suzanne Wilson-Marjerrison

As a young teacher and new graduate of the Music Form at the Ottawa Teacher's College, I had the pleasure of having Isobel come into T. P. Maxwell School to help me set up my first choir, after which I conducted choirs for 29 years in Ottawa Board schools. Isobel started me on the path to thoroughly enjoy my extra curricular experiences with my choirs. My sincere sympathy to Isobel's family.
Suzanne Wilson-Marjerrison
Comment | Posted at 02:18pm via Condolence
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