In Loving Memory of Christel Vera Wilfong

Christel Vera Wilfong, age 94, passed away peacefully in her Colorado Springs, Colorado home on 2 Aug 2023, with her son (Andreas) and daughter-in-law (Lisa) holding her hands. Christel was born on 24 October 1928 in Wachow, Germany to Richard Boddihn and Anna Gebel. Christel grew up on a farm in the Glambeck, Germany area and had eight sisters and two brothers, which is where she also met her life-long friend of almost 90 years – Inge Appel. She had to endure and survive World War II, including being held as a prisoner in a war camp. After WWII and feeling the sense of communism spreading in eastern Germany, Christel and her closest sister, Vera, left Germany. Christel took a job as a nanny in Stranraer, Scotland for many years, while Vera landed in England. Christel eventually returned to Germany and worked as a waitress in Angermünde, Germany for a few years.

She ultimately moved to West Berlin, where she met her husband, Donald M. Wilfong, introduced to him by Brigitte Lester – who she also remained friends with for the remainder of her life. Don and Christel were married on 5 Jun 1964 and were together for 57 years until his death on 10 Oct 2021.

In 1977, they made their final home in Colorado Springs. Knowing she would now remain in the United States forever, she was very proud (after much studying and passing the exam on her first try) to become a US citizen in 1993. Christel was a tireless house cleaner until her final retirement in 1998. She cleaned some houses locally and would ride her bike to and from them with cleaning supplies in her basket. She also had other clients that would require Don to drive her. She never learned to drive but did make one attempt at driving a golf cart in CA that almost resulted in one passenger getting throw into the bushes (haha). Through the years, she also cleaned the various apartments of her son, including laundry/ironing services, which endeared her to many of his roommates – many of which continued to visit her decades later. It was “rumored” that her son would leave quarters under matts and various places checking on her cleaning quality, only to always come home to a spotless, laundered (and ironed!) and “quarterless” house (haha). Her son, Andy, credits the work ethic and sharing qualities instilled in him by both his parents, for facilitating his formation of Infinity Systems Engineering, a very successful engineering company.


Christel will be remembered as a loving sister, wife, mother and grandmother, an incredibly hard-worker, a tough and resilient person, and a caring and sharing friend to so many. These characteristics are the criteria used in a scholarship setup in her name at Doherty High School that will forever keep her remembered. Besides helping raise three young children as a nanny in Scotland, she also helped for years babysitting a young boy of one of her cleaning clients in Colorado Springs. Lastly, she was a very significant influence in raising her grandson, Blake. She was also an excellent cook and specialized in German dishes. One such dish was Schnitzel, where each year her and Don would fry up enough Schnitzel for the entire staff at her son’s company.

She was always making people laugh……she would always say “you have to laugh a little bit, it’s what keeps you going.” She loved telling funny stories from her past. Christel was also very witty, right up to the “last” day. After her son Andy stated he could work from anywhere in the world with his laptop, she stated, “then why don’t you work from here?”

She enjoyed taking hundreds of trips to “the mountains” and for some reason, always ended up in Cripple Creek, CO to play the slot machines. She would play the exact same machine every time and for good reason, because she won a lot of money on that machine! Bingo was also something she enjoyed playing for most of her life. She would often play bingo with her good friend Helga Mullen.

Christel was preceded in death by her parents (Richard and Anna), her sisters (Dora, Antje, Vera, Helga, Mausi, Eveline, and Karin), and her brother (Helmut). She is survived by her son (Andreas Wilfong) & daughter-in-law (Lisa Wilfong) of Colorado Springs, CO; her grandson (Blake Wilfong) of Denver, CO; her step-granddaughter (Ashley Annan); her step-daughter (Doris Wilfong) of Liberty Township, OH her sister (Buna) of Berlin, Germany; and her brother (Hans) of Berlin, Germany

Christel’s lifetime of residence locations are listed below:

  • Wachow, Germany (born 1928)
  • Redernswald / Glambeck areas, Germany (1928 to 1945) · Stranraer, Scotland (1945 – 1954)
  • Angermünde / West Berlin areas, Germany (1954 – 1967), · Tacoma, WA (1967 – 1969)
  • Augusta, GA (1969 – 1970),
  • Furth, Germany (1970 – 1977),
  • Colorado Springs, CO (1977 – 2 Aug 2023)

A committal service will be held on 25 August 2023 at 1 pm at Pikes Peak National Cemetery, where she will be laid to rest together with her husband, Donald M. Wilfong. A catered reception will follow at her house. A video has also been created for everyone to enjoy ( Any comments you would like to make regarding Christel can also be provided on the Return to Nature website at

A tree will also be planted in Christel’s honor in the Pikes Peak National Forest.


  1. Larry Bagiardi on August 23, 2023 at 4:34 pm

    Between schools I stayed with Christel , Don and Andy for about 8 months and learned first hand what a caring , loving person Christel was! Eggo waffles with syrup and a fried egg on top was a special breakfast she would make for me often! Caught a trophy trout and put in the freezer to have mounted by a taxidermist only to learn it was cooked by Christel for dinner the next day:) Great cook , wife, mother, and a wonderful person! You treated me as one of your own and am blessed to call you my friend and 2nd mom! Heaven has another Angel may you rest in peace.

    Love Larry

  2. Raul Canales on August 23, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    Mrs. Wilfong was a very special friend to so many. She always took time to appreciate a good conversation. I am beyond blessed to have known her and to have spent time with her. Our conversations took us to so many memories that made her who she was – a bright, happy, and proud mom, sister, wife, and friend. You will always hold a very special place in my heart. Peace be with you my dear friend. Till I see you again. Love always…..

  3. Frank Radischervski on August 24, 2023 at 8:10 am

    Tante Christel war eine sehr Hilfsbereite und Humorvolle Frau.
    Als wir Sie Besuchten hatten wir immer sehr viel Spaß mit ihr.
    Wir Trauern um Sie, behalten Sie immer in unserem Herzen .
    In ewiger Erinnerung
    Frank und Kathrin

  4. Paul Whalley on August 24, 2023 at 11:52 am

    My Dear Special Aunt Chris.
    Always in in my heart and never forgotten.
    God Bless You.

  5. Dean Heisler on August 25, 2023 at 5:51 am

    I was given the chance to convert the home of the Wilfong’s to somewhat handicap, I took great pride in working with Don in the lower level and Christel on the main floor, and by God Christel ran the job for sure everything had to be just right even at 94 she had something to say about her bath tub conversion (haha) she was on top of her game right till the end, I will always remember that and tell stories of her. See you in heaven Christel-Dean Heisler

  6. Tina Schreck on August 25, 2023 at 9:40 am

    I feel so very fortunate to have had the chance to get to know Christel over the last several years. She always made me feel welcome in her home and that she was genuinely happy to have me visit. I will cherish my memories of her kindness, warmth, love of her family and her fantastic sense of humor. She always made me smile and laugh. She was refreshingly honest and such a joy. One of my favorite comments from her was a time when I lost a little weight. She looked at me, smiled and said “you could lose a little more”. We laughed so much that day. You were and still are so loved Christel. I know you are soaring with the angels. 🙏💕

  7. Lieselotte on August 25, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    Liebe Christel.
    Wir denken immer an dich, wir reden jeden Tag über dich, du warst niemals vergessen und wirst es auch nie sein. Wir halten dich fest in unserem Herzen und da wirst du auch für immer bleiben, um uns durch das Leben zu führen bis wir uns wiedersehen.
    Wir hoffen es geht dir gut, dort wo du jetzt bist. In Liebe Günter und Lieselotte

  8. Bob cook on August 25, 2023 at 8:11 pm

    Mrs Wilfong was a wonderful woman that I have known for almost 45 years. She was an amazing Mother, wife and friend, and will be dearly missed.