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Barbara Judith Brandel (Hahn)

April 18, 1945 - November 5, 2017


BRANDEL, Barbara Judith (Hahn) It is with deep sadness that the family of Barb Brandel announce her sudden passing at the age of 72. Barb passed peacefully in bed at her home in Nelson, BC on Sunday November 5, 2017. Barb was born April 18, 1945 in New York, NY USA. Barb was a devoted mother and grandmother, (Nana), to Aurora and Kian Turner. She was a loving daughter, sister, mom, grandma, aunt and friend.


Barb had a beautiful soul.  She was a vivacious, talkative, generous, thoughtful, humorous, intelligent, and independent woman. In her younger years, she successfully completed two university degrees simultaneously, one in science and another in mathematics. She worked in a cancer lab in New York, NY prior to moving to Canada with her husband, Norm Brandel. She lived in Vancouver, and then on a commune in Nelson for many years, and worked at numerous occupations as a tree-planter, as a teacher at Trafalgar School, in hospitality and in social services, ultimately commencing a long term career with the Government of Canada. In her later years with the government, and until retirement, Barb worked in the information technology area. During this time she had a key role in the departments’ progression to a more modern and computerized service delivery environment, and formed life-long friendships with many of her co-workers.


Barb was a free spirit, loved nature and the outdoors. She fondly reminisced of her years living out of town at the commune at Atbara, and the early years living at Apex with her daughter and Paul. She had a great sense of humour and enjoyed sharing many of her interesting stories from her youth with those close to her. She was generous, both with her time and money, having volunteered for Planned Parenthood and doing door-to-door campaigning for the United Way, amongst many other charities. Although Barb’s body and health unfortunately began failing her as a result of being hit by a car in 2007, she adamantly maintained her independence, and continued enjoying her regular outings, coffees, and lunches with friends. She would frequently spend warm afternoons on a Baker Street bench, reading in the sun or visiting with passer-by’s. Her big personality, warm smile, thoughtfulness and kind-heart touched many. She is sadly missed by all who knew her.


Barb leaves her daughter and grandson , Aurora and Kian Turner, of Nelson BC,  her mother Johanna Hahn (Meyer), (99 years), and sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Martin Wolfe of Ocean, NJ.

Also left are much loved nieces and nephews, Miriam Platt, Adam Wolfe, Ilana Wolfe, Ari Moshe Wolfe, and grandnephews and grandniece, Jacob, Zachary, and Shira, best friend Richard Tremblé, and many special friends. Barb was predeceased by her father, Manfred Hahn, her ex-husband, Norm Brandel, her partner, Paul Vlahovich, and by her very best friend, Cheryl Wileman.


Celebration of remembrance details to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers or in Barb’s memory, please light a candle and/or make a donation to a charity of your choice.




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From: Thompson Funeral Services Ltd.

Thompson Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Natalie Petersen
Relation: Friend

Barb you were larger than life with your personality. Your warmth honesty and straightforward attitude. I will miss our chats on the Handi Dart. I always enjoyed seeing you. I will also remember seeing you around Baker St. esp. at the summer market. I will miss seeing you and being able to chat with you.

From: Laurie Sittler
Relation: Best friend and Thursday companion for several years.

My sincere condolences to Barb’s family on the loss of a lovely and well loved lady. She will be missed immensely but leaves the gift of wonderful memories.

From: Diane Baerg
Relation: Friend

Aurora & Kian; We share your loss for a very kind and gentle person and wish you strength through this most difficult time. Barb was a special friend. We miss her very much and will cherish many fond memories of her. Blessings for the life she lived. Love, Diane & Ron

From: mitzi hufty
Relation: friend

i will miss you very very much

From: Brenda Todd (nee Milne)
Relation: co-worker

I was so shocked last week to hear of Barb’s passing. This tribute fits her spirit to a tee. Barb was such a generous and caring person. May her family take comfort in knowing that her spirit will live in by the many people whose lives she touched.

From: Ken Jeannotte
Relation: We were good friends when we were young

I met Barb and Norm when they first arrived in Nelson. I was at the Art School and they immediately fit into our community like a glove. We had many many good times together, it was like one big family in those days. She was such a positive, wonderful soul. We had many adventures in those days, from the milk van full of music lovers trip to the Easter Be In at Stanley park to one memorable night in the Mt’s west of Cranbrook. We planted trees together and the camp conditions were very rustic. We huddled under a tarp on a ridge while the rain poured down and lightning flashed around us as bright as day. I will never forget those days or that amazingly wonderful friend named Barb.

From: Esta Porter
Relation: friend

I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Barb well and yes, this obituary is spot on. I have known her loving, caring, humorous side as well as the side that was struggling to be well. Her sunny face will be missed on that bench on Baker St. With love.

From: Dewey Riesterer
Relation: Friend

I knew Barb, from when she came to Nelson and always liked her as a sweet, gentle and real person. I am sorry to read of her passing and think that Heaven is enriched by her presence. My most sincere condolences.

From: Lorry Mann
Relation: friend

Aurora and Kian, we are so sorry for your loss of Mom and Nana, We have known her for a very long time, and she certainly was a very special person. We hope that you find some peace in the many fond memories that you have of special times together. Sincerely, Werner and Lorry Mann

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