Thursday, March 19, 1942 to Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020
Loving mom, grandma, great-grandma and a very kind soul…
Christa was born in Berlin, Germany in 1942 to George Alexander Baumann and Elsa Crosmann.
The world was at war (WWII) and she was a young girl in a city targeted by bombs and a battle between Nazi Germany and the Soviets. She spoke of it being horrific and painful, being confined to a closet and shuffled off to hidden locations. At the age of 18, she obtained a work visa and immigrated to America to be a live-in housekeeper for a family in San Jose, California and she later became a nurse’s aid.
Christa met her first husband, Bob Susol, and in 1968 they welcomed their son Uzek. The Susol family moved to Guemes Island, and then to Orcas Island where they bought property and built a farm on five acres of an old abandoned apple orchard where she enjoyed spending time with family and tending to the animals she loved.
In 1982 Christa moved to Portland, Oregon, remarried and gained many new family members, including step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren that would now be a part of her Frazier family.
One of the highlights of her life was reconnecting with her firstborn daughter Diane, who she had put up for adoption at birth. After reconnecting in 1994 they had a loving relationship that she had wished to have throughout her life.
In 2005 she moved back to Orcas Island to be closer to her son and his family she lived the rest of her life surrounded by family doing what she loved. She spent much of her time on Orcas in her beautiful Paradise Garden in Oberon, an Opal Community which she had built mostly with her own hands complete with a large fish pond where she would spend much time enjoying Jehovah’s creations and tending to its maintenance.
Christa was always eager to lend a hand, her smiles came easily and were contagious. Her true caring nature, positive attitude and faith in people touched many hearts over her lifetime. Christa found much of her happiness being a Jehovah’s Witness. Her faith was without question and she was a true believer in sharing that faith to others. The Jehovah’s Witness Congregation was very beloved to her and part of her family. Christa passed away peacefully in her favorite chair shortly after a sunny walk down the street where she had visited, received and gave hugs to her great-grandson Jackson and her granddaughter Alicia. Christa’s wishes were to be cremated. Her ashes will be spread in her flower garden around her goldfish pond by her family.
Christa is survived by her daughter Diane, son Uzek and wife Stefanie, granddaughters Ashley, Alicia and Husband Trent, Grandson Joey, Great Grandson Jackson, Step Daughter Donisha, Step Grandchildren Schanel, James, Lauretta, Austin, Saj, Elisha, Nathan and Christian, great and great-great step grandchildren Elizabeth, Zackary and Jaxon.
Many people have asked what they can do for our family in this time of loss. My reply is if you knew our mom, grandma, great-grandma, Christa, and she showed you kindness, love, appreciation, hope, knowledge, faith or changed your life in a positive way that you pass it on to the people around you without asking anything in return as she did throughout her life. The world is left a better place with her kindness.