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Christie Wilson-Krusz

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You will always be a survivor to me. A smile on the face of disease. Never a victim, no matter how unfair the hand you were dealt. You’re an inspiration that is gone from this world far too soon.

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Christie Jean Wilson-Krusz, 59, of Chicopee died Monday, January 30, after a valiant 14-year battle against ovarian cancer. Her courage and optimism in the face of this terrible disease were a marvel and an inspiration to everyone who knew her. Christie was born in Rahway, New Jersey to the late Russell Mills Wilson and the late Jean Howard Wilson and was married for 36 years to James (Jimmy) A. Krusz of Chicopee. She was a graduate of Longmeadow High School and Connecticut College, earning her B.A. summa cum laude with distinction in her major field and membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She received a MEd in Rehabilitation Counseling from Springfield College and worked as a Licensed Social Worker and Director of Social Services for 20 years at Willimansett Center West, then for five years at Renaissance Manor of Westfield before retiring in 2010. Christie enjoyed bowling and gardening, and pursued a special interest in antiques and kitchen collectibles through her own business, “Christie’s Corner,” which was a fixture at the Brimfield show for many years. She also loved shelling on Cape Cod and Sanibel Island, Florida, where she would spend hours walking the beach, and then many more hours turning her finds into beautiful Christmas ornaments for family and friends. Besides her husband, Christie is survived by her brothers Stephen (Katherine), Peter, and Andrew (Caryn), niece Emily, and nephews Daniel and Christopher Wilson. She also leaves her beloved cats Tuna, Cassie, and Rollie, and numerous friends who shared her life and brightened her last days. Christie’s family wishes to thank the staffs of the Katz Oncology Unit at Baystate Medical Center and of the Fisher Home in North Amherst for their loving care of Christie during her illness.

Last updated on: 02/06/2012



Christie’s courage and optimism were a marvel and an inspiration to everyone who knew her. She was the bravest person I have ever known.

Kathy Wilson – 02/01/2012

O my gsondeos Lady Melbourne you look amazing and all for an amazingly worthwhile cause! What a fantastic idea to raise awareness and the greatly needed funds for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. Fabulous Frocktober.

Srinivas Srinivas – 02/27/2012

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Radi Radi – 07/28/2012