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Christine MacDonald

Christine Marie MacDonald

Wednesday, November 24th, 1948 - Saturday, September 26th, 2020
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MacDonald (nee Feiler), Christine Marie (1948-2020)

It is with the saddest of hearts that the family of Christine MacDonald announce her passing after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She fought for many years to have as much time with her family and friends as she could, and made every day count with love, laughter and thankfulness for time together.
Born in Germany, she immigrated to Canada in 1953 with her family and took to all things artistic-from multiple instruments, incredible arts and crafts, to lyric writing and performing, and eventually going on to become Ms. Kitchener-Waterloo in 1969 and represent the area at the Ms. Canada pageant. Her beauty was remarkable both inside and out, and that same year she married the love of her life, John MacDonald. They met at Laurier in the Torque Room, and Chris went on to graduate from Laurier and Stratford’s Teacher College.

Her elementary teaching career spanned 33 years with the local board at Margaret Ave, Smithson, Franklin and Breslau schools. She loved her students and took pleasure in teaching them more than just curriculum. She was awarded the WT Townsend Award for Excellence, which was a testament to the efforts she made in and out of the classroom for all. Among her many ways she gave back, she volunteered her time at the Grand River Hospital in the Snuggles and Cuddles program, the Emergency room and on the 5th floor, receiving a 15 year volunteer badge.

She loved adventures, whether it be kayaking and then camping locally, to numerous trips out of the country, cruising, seeking new experiences or adding to her amazing culinary skills. No one was ever left hungry or wanting. She cherished her ability to experience all the amazing things and never took them forgranted.
Christine will be dearly missed and forever have an impact by creating and fostering wonderful relationships with her husband of 52 years, John, her three children and their spouses, Kelly (Trevor), Colin (Dani), and Craig (Connie), and with her 5 grandchildren, Nicholas, Jesse, Alex, Malin and Marley. She will also be forever in the hearts of her brothers Mike Feiler (Rosemary), Charlie Feiler (Linda), her nieces and nephews, cousins Elsbeth(Jacques), Tibby(Donni), and Aunts Hedwig and Barbra, as well as many other relatives and great friends, including Andree Desjardins and Liz Jones-Twomey and the gals. She is predeceased by her parents Theresa and Michael Feiler, cousin Hans and Uncle Anton Lipp, and family friend Connie Sachan.
Christine wants to thank all that made the time to drop by, call, send a note or bring food for her and her family. She and her family also thanks the staff at Grand River Hospital for the wonderful care she received, including Dr. Califreiatti, Dr. Jadka, Dr. Kuk, their assistants,the volunteers and attendants, as well as Charlie Bauman from Paramed, PSWs from Bloom and the rest of the palliative care team that supported her at home.

Christine's family will receive relatives and friends at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener, 519-749-8467 on Thursday, October 1, 2020 from 4-8pm and Friday, October 2, 2020 from 4-8pm. The Family will celebrate her life privately. Masks are mandatory while in the funeral home. Please RSVP by calling the funeral home or register online should you wish to attend her visitation.
In lieu of flowers she asks for donations to be made to the Grand River Hospital Foundation - Cancer Centre. (cards available at the funeral home).

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, October 1st, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Thursday, October 1st, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Henry Walser Funeral Home
    Address
    507 Frederick St.
    KITCHENER, ON N2B 2A5
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    Notes
    *Please note that face coverings are required. Non-medical masks, bandanas, paper disposable masks or scarves and cloth can be used. Please keep 2 metres (6 ft) apart.*
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 | 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020 4:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Henry Walser Funeral Home
    Address
    507 Frederick St.
    KITCHENER, ON N2B 2A5
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    *Please note that face coverings are required. Non-medical masks, bandanas, paper disposable masks or scarves and cloth can be used. Please keep 2 metres (6 ft) apart.*

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Donations are being accepted for: GRAND RIVER HOSPITAL FOUNDATION.

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Robert Syer

Posted at 04:32pm
To The McDonald Family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are you.

Ben Syer
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Alicia Grist

Posted at 06:33pm
My family fondly remembers “Mrs. MacDonald” from Breslau PS in the early 1990s. She was a wonderful teacher. I remember her singing and playing the piano. I remember her talking about her children. Her son paddled a kayak around the Breslau Mill pond. She had a little white dog that she brought to school. It jumped up and ate a TimBit off her shoulder. I remember her unit on Fairy Tales and Boats. I remember making a soap stone whale and a real clay flower pot for Mother’s Day. She went above and beyond for her students. She touched so many lives.
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David Ellis

Posted at 02:54pm
So very sorry to read the sad news MacDonald family......thinking of you.
David and Gail Ellis
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Linda and Gary Ebel

Posted at 02:05pm
Thinking of you with sincere sympathy and caring. Cherishing our wonderful memories. Chris will forever be in our hearts. Love, Linda and Gary Ebel and family.
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Judy Norman

Posted at 07:43am
Dear John and family, We send our thoughts and prayers. May the many wonderful memories and special times you shared help to comfort you and slowly heal the hurt in your hearts. Rest in Peace, Chris, you surely earned it! Judy and Butch Norman
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