Christel Alden

Christel Alden

1938-2013 Christel (Neugebauer) Alden died on January 1st, 2013 in her daughter's home in Burbank, Calif., after a brave battle with bone cancer. She was 74.

She was born on September 15th, 1938 in Stahnsdorf Germany, the 2nd of 5 children of Walter and Margarete (Beckmann) Neugebauer.

She grew up in Germany with a love of travel, and was fluent in French and English.

While working in France in 1960 she met an American Navy officer, James E. Alden, whom she married in 1961, and moved to America shortly thereafter. She and James first lived in New Brunswick, N.J., where they had two children, Marc and Dawn. They lived in Sudbury, Mass., from 1968 to 1982, where she was active in the Sudbury players and a volunteer at the LSRHS library. They lived in Dorset, Vt. from 1982 to 2000 where James and Christel co-owned and ran The Crockett Collection in Manchester Center Vt., a greeting card manufacturer. There she was a member of the Friends of Hildene and the Dorset Players, using her skills as a seamstress on the costumes. After selling the Crockett Collection James and Christel moved to Randolph N.H., staying in Florida and Texas during the Winters. Christel was a superb cook, seamstress, and gardener.

She was predeceased by her older sister Ruth and her younger brother Peter.

She is survived by her husband James Alden of Randolph N.H.; her daughter Dawn Alden of Burbank Calif.; her son Marc Alden and his wife Julie, and her grandsons Luke and Peter Alden of Essex, Vt.; her sister Ruth's child and grandchild; her brother Juergen Neugebauer of Koln, Germany and his wife Eva and their children; and her sister Ellen Scheffler of Grosaspach, Germany and her children and grandchildren. She was a wonderful and beloved sister, wife, mother, and Oma, and is sorely missed by all who knew her.

A memorial service will be held in New Hampshire in the Spring at a time to be determined by her family.

Published in The Manchester Journal from Jan. 17 to Feb. 7, 2013