George Christel, 100 Years Young!

Photo of George Christel

George Christel was born on December 4, 1909 in Neuhausen, Germany, near Bamberg. He came to the United States on the S.S. Resolute in 1926, sailing from Hamburg on September 7 and arriving in New York City ten days later. He married Anna Gerling in 1933, and together they raised Don, Norm, Eddie, Catherine, George and Carol in Buffalo, New York. Fast-forwarding to 2009, we the extended family of George Christel are proud to celebrate his 100th birthday with him at Scharf's Restaurant in Buffalo, New York. These pictures capture some of the family and friends who were there and the good times we shared. Joining in for the festivities were George's relatives from across the United States as well as from Germany.

Party Moments (via embedded slide show)

Party Moments (via Picasa link)

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George Christel, 100 years young!

Since the Party

George has had the pleasure of more visitors from his German side of the family at Easter, 2010. At Christmas time, his great-granddaughters enjoy playing Christmas carols with George and his daughter Carol. George plays great harmonica tunes, remembering the folk songs from his youth in Neuhausen!

George Christel, age 100, on Christmas Eve, 2009

...Back to the 95th birthday party in 2004

You can look back to Grandpa's 95th birthday party.

...Back to the 90th birthday party in 1999

You can see how much George's great-grandchildren have grown up (with two more additions as well since 1999) by looking back to Grandpa's 90th birthday party.

...Back to the Summer of 1958

This picture was taken in the dining room of George and Anna's home on Alma Avenue in Buffalo, New York.

George, Norm, Don, Anna, George, Eddie, Catherine and Carol


Last updated by Mike Christel, May 21, 2010