Christel Kraft

Christel Kraft passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2018 with her husband by her side. She was born on May 29, 1936, in Loewendorf, Germany to the late Rudolf Gartner and Irmgard Alder. Christel, who was 81 when her angels came for her; she was a longtime resident of Neversink, NY, where she resided for nearly 36 years. She retired six years ago, after a long professional life in Hotel Hospitality.

Christel’s journey began from East Germany to West Germany in 1965, then on to Canada, where she entered the United States in 1970 to live in New Jersey. From there her adventures continued to West Nyack, NY in 1973, and her final stop was in 1982, Neversink, NY. Finding a home among the mountains and Mother Nature’s children and the Songs of the Wind. She loved dogs.

She is survived by her devoted husband of 34 years, Karlheinz Kraft; her children: Marion Brauer of Muneseter, Germany, Diana Hill and her husband, Wendell of Spring Valley, NY, Corina Hilchey of Ontario, Canada; her grandchildren: Daniella, Kristinia and Keno of Munester, Germany, Dakota of Ontario, Canada, Mathew of Arizona; her great-grandson, Matthew III of Arizona.

Visitation will be from 2 to 4 & 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, March 6th at Colonial Memorial Funeral Home, 396 State Route 52, Woodbourne, NY 12788. A funeral service will be at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7th at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Grahamsville Rural Cemetery, State Route 55 Grahamsville, NY.

Arrangements were entrusted to Colonial-Bryant Funeral Home; for further information please call 845-434-7363 or visit