Condolence & Memory Journal

The midnight stars are shining upon a silent grave. Beneath it lies the one we love
The one we could not save. We mourn for her in silence and breathe a sigh of regret. For she was ours to remember though all the world forget. Gone dear Chris, gone forever. How we'll miss your smiling face. But you left us to remember, no one on earth can take your place. Though your smile is gone forever and your hand we can not touch, we will never lose sweet memories of the one we love so much.
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Posted by Jude Reno - Foley, AL - Friend   December 30, 2019

My sincere condolences to family. Praying for and your family

Posted by Patst Honzu - Sterling Hts 48313, MI - Family   December 15, 2019

My sincere condolences to Dave and the family.
Sixty four years of friendship. A lifetime of memories. From our younger years of dressing alike as "Trudy and Judy" twin sisters, to our "Girl trips" as adults. Most memorable, of course, would be our trip to Graceland. It was such an emotional time for Chris as she was always Elvis' greatest fan. Naturally we also stopped at every Casino between my home in Alabama and Tunica Mississippi. Not to mention dining at the list of restaurants Chris had planned for our trip.
On December 10th, I lost my best friend and a big part of my heart. But I know she will be waiting for me on the other side for our next great adventure.

Posted by Jude Reno - Foley, AL   December 14, 2019

Dear Dave and family, Chris will always be in our hearts. Many wonderful memories of our younger days and I will always remember Chris to be fun loving and the best friend anyone could have. My deepest sympathies to you and your family. Linda Melbardis, Parker Colorado

Posted by Linda Melbardis - Parker, CO - Friend   December 14, 2019

Dave and Family,

Deeply sorry to hear of your loss. Praying for you and your family.

Posted by Andrew Green - Ypsilanti, MI - Coworker   December 13, 2019

Dave and family,
We are sending our love and thoughts to you at this difficult time. No words can express how sorry we are for your loss.

Posted by Mike & Sue Duncan - LAKELAND, FL - Friend   December 13, 2019

There will never be another like my Aunt Chris...

December 10, 2019. The end of an eventful and amazing era. The era of Aunt Chris.

Let me tell you about this era. Countless memories. So many memories that it would take days to to even share every one of them. But there are a few that I believe, people need to know.

ELVIS. Elvis music, Elvis parties, Elvis impersonators, Elvis pictures and so much Elvis.

COOKING. Wonderful food. She always had something cooking at her house. You could never leave the house without having a plate of food thrown in your hands to take home. My favorites were her cabbage rolls, city chicken and the best one out there, cheesy potatoes. One year for my birthday, she made me a whole pan of them, just for me.

PARTIES. One thing Aunt Chris knew how to do was throw a great Midwest party. Drinking, music, and dancing down in the basement. Amazing food being cooked in the kitchen. Cards being played at the kitchen table. When it was nice, hanging outside on the deck. And when you needed to rest your eyes, you sat in the living room watching either the cooking channel or a Lifetime movie. Man, the memories of the numerous parties at her house run deep.

Posted by Athena Westcott - Scottsdale, AZ - Family   December 12, 2019

Dave and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. Praying that you will find peace, knowing that she is in a better place.

Posted by Amy Friske - Northville, MI - Coworker   December 12, 2019

The Kokorelis and De Lorenzo families grew up together and we all have many fond memories. Gus & Florence as well as our Mom & Dad, Joan & Joe, had a great connection and that made us "Family". Chris and my youngest sister, Jude Reno, were lifelong friends, so much so that we considered them as close as sisters. Chris had a great personality and was a caring and wonderful person to be around. We are all very sad that Chris had such a terrible illness as cancer but her spirits remained high and that was Chris. She will be greatly missed by all but not forgotten. Our deepest sympathies to the Pittel and Kokorelis Families. May God rest her soul. She is finally at peace.

Posted by Diane McHugh - Livonia, MI - Family Friend   December 12, 2019

A good friend and neighbor, she visited me while I was going through breast cancer, and I will miss her. My condolences to Dave and her family. She was a good mother, grandmother and wife .
Christine Hayden

Posted by Christine Hayden - Sterling Heights, MI - Neighbor   December 12, 2019

Dave, my deepest sympathy to you and your family during this trying time. It's never easy to lose a mother but knowing she is resting after suffering for so long should give you a little peace of mind. I lost my mother in 2015 and it still seems like yesterday, all you can do is remember the times you shared together and know she is in a good place now.

Posted by Derrick Robinson - Southfield, MI - Coworker   December 12, 2019


To the Pittel and all extended family members - Chris (Aunt Chrissy) has left us with a plethora of wonderful memories and joy. She lit up the room with her smile and laughter. May you always draw on the beautiful memories and her gift of love that she gave unconditionally. Her spirit will be with you every minute of every day. When you yearn for her physical hugs and voice, know that our Almighty Father God is taking care of her until the day you meet again.
Peace, faith, and love.
Paul and Dorothy Babic & Family

Posted by Dorothy Babic - Fraser, MI - Family   December 11, 2019

Posted by Marcella Babic - Shelby Twp., MI - Family   December 11, 2019

our deepest sympathy. we will miss her up north as well as sterling hts. . I guess I will have to play scrabble with kathy now that she is gone. it will be so different now that she is gone. who will organize everything? chris was well loved by all. dave was a great soldier when she needed him to take her to ann arbor as well as when her time came.

Posted by jim - Macomb, MI   December 11, 2019

David & family, My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May all the wonderful memories of your times together help comfort you in the weeks to come.

Posted by Wendi Sparkman - Phoenix, AZ - Coworker   December 11, 2019

Sending thoughts and prayers from the McNalley family. Please let us know if we can do anything for you in your time of grief. Hoping you can find solace knowing your Mom is no longer suffering.

Posted by Johnathon McNalley - Farmington Hills, MI - Coworker   December 11, 2019

Dear David and family - you have been in my thoughts and prayers for many years and especially over the last few months. May the precious moments you have spent with your Mom always be treasured in your heart. Praying for your comfort and peace during your time of grief.

Posted by June Sloan - GA - Coworker   December 11, 2019