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Celine Planthara

March 30, 1933 ~ May 22, 2019 (age 86)


Planthara, Celine

March 30th, 1933 - May 22nd, 2019


Born Celine Panakal, passed away on May 22nd, 2019 in Ottawa at the age of 86.  Loving mother of Nirmala Planthara (Martin Lefebvre) and Canute Planthara.  Proud grandmother of 3 whom she adored: Cadence Planthara, Sital Lefebvre (Josh Light) and Isabelle Lefebvre; great-grandmother of baby Marie Light, whom she met for the first time just days before passing.  Survived by 7 of her 9 siblings who live in Canada, the US, Germany and India.

Celine was born in Fort Cochin, India, on March 30th, 1933 to Julia and Anthony Panakal. She immigrated to Canada with her two children in 1964 to join her husband. After brief stays in Cardston AB and Mission City BC, the family settled in 1966 in LaSalle, a suburb of Montreal. In 1997, following the death of her husband, Celine moved to Kanata where she has resided ever since.  She will be dearly missed by all who have had the privilege of knowing her. She will be remembered for how she modelled love, kindness and generosity and for her innate ability to create community.  In lieu of flowers, donations in Celine’s memory may be made to Tree Canada at

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