84, passed away peacefully and in the company of loved ones on September 3, 2009. Christel was born in Cologne, Germany on May 25, 1925. She immigrated with her husband, Joe and son Gerd to the United States in 1955. She started her career at Valley National Bank in the trust department in 1955, retiring as an Assistant Vice President in 1983 in charge of the credit card department. She is preceded in death by her husband Joe, and survived by her two sons, Gerd and his wife, Jeri; Michael and his wife, Anne; her grandchildren Monika, Erika, Rachel, Michael and Courtney; and great-grandchildren Josef Watkins and Cora Kurtenbach. A loving grandmother, mother and friend, she will be dearly missed. Visitation will be held from 10:00-11:00 am, with Funeral Service at 11:00 am, Tuesday, September 8, at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Interment will be at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to thank Banner Alzheimer’s Institute, Sun Valley Hospice and Hawthorne Assisted Living for their care and support. Contributions can be made in her memory to the Banner Alzheimer’s Foundation, 602 747-4483.