It is with great sadness that the family of Christine Gagatek announces her passing on December 21, in Invermere BC.
Christine was born in St. Paul, Karnten Austria. She lived and worked in Austria, Italy and Switzerland in the hospitality industry before moving to Invermere, BC at the age of 19. In this new country, she married Mike Gagatek, learned how to speak English and worked with him to build a life for them here. Her passions were cooking, entertaining and tending her large garden, which fed her family year-round. She had many friends with whom to share a drink and a meal, and because of her caring, loving and generous personality, and her amazing food, people would gather in her kitchen.
Christine will be remembered by her sons, Walter (Kim), Arnie (Barb) and Norman (Kimberley); her grandchildren, Jessica, Natalie (Will), Ben, Lauren (Breanne), Braeden, and Quinn; her great-granddaughter Claire; and all her family in Europe.
Christine was predeceased by her parents, her brothers Pepe, Ernst and Fred, and her husband Mike.
A service was held on Saturday December 29, 2018 at 11 am at the Canadian Martyrs Parish Catholic Church. A lunch followed at the hall next door.
The family wishes to thank the COHO and Hospital staff as well as Dr. Schaffer for the outstanding care they provided Christine during her stay.