Hundreds remember 'inseparable' Bali mum and daughter
FAMILY and friends from the Lockyer Valley, Sunshine Coast and Ipswich heard about the "inseparable" lives of Noelene and Yvana Bischoff at a moving funeral service today.
The mother Noelene, 54, and daughter Yvana, 14, who died mysteriously in Bali two weeks ago, were laid to rest in Gatton today next to Noelene's father, Don.
Reading the eulogy, brother-in-law Kevin Bowe remembered Noelene as the Lockyer Valley girl who graduated from being a 'checkout chick' at Woolworths to a life of nursing at Ipswich Hospital, then Maryborough, Laidley and Toowoomba before moving to the Sunshine Coast.
"Living at Anstead and at the age of 40, Noelene decided it was time to start a family," Mr Bowe said.
"Nine months later we received a phone call to say she had driven herself to Ipswich Hospital and was about to give birth to her daughter Yvana."
Mr Bowe said Noelene and Yvana were the best of friends and it was a pleasure to be in their company.
"Yvana informed us she was going to be a vet and that career would have suited her down to the ground," he said.
Noelene's friend Judy Gibson from her Ipswich Hospital days remembered Noelene by her nursing nickname of "Bisch".
"She had a great cheeky sense of humour and a happy easy-going manner which endeared her to all," Judy said.
"She was patient, caring and compassionate and these qualities made her an exceptional nursing manager."
Another nursing friend, Linda King from Caloundra Hospital, said Noelene was known for her vitality and she and Yvana did everything together.
"They kayaked, they bellydanced, she had a rock and roll 50th birthday party and they generally lived life to the full."
The cause of Noelene and Yvana's death is not yet known but Acting Attorney-General David Crisafulli said the coroner would continue investigations now that the autopsy was complete.
"I extend my sympathy on behalf of the government to the family of the Bischoffs," Mr Crisafulli said.
"I'm glad the bodies were able to be released. I think that was fair and right and proper to do so.
"We all want to see this resolved as quickly as possible but we also want to make sure we get it right.
"I look forward to seeing what those results uncover in the days ahead."