Christine Ann "Chrissy" Weston
August 16, 1949 - June 21, 2016
Chrissy passed away the first day of summer June 21, 2016. She died at home with her loving family at her side after battling the conditions of ALS for over the past two years. Her passing was peaceful and filled with the grace of God.
Chrissy was born to Nicholas and Pauline Frenchko in Passaic, New Jersey on August 16, 1949. She grew up in the heart of the city where she and her brother’s took the place by storm. She took those street smarts and became a very successful business woman and accountant.
Her company moved Chrissy to the “small town” of Salem Oregon where she meet her husband. And a new adventure began.
Influenced by her love of Oregon and outdoors she and her husband purchased the Camp Sherman General Store in Camp Sherman and opened Hook Wine and Cheddar in Sunriver, Oregon. The goal was always to have her two daughters attend Catholic school, so the family moved to the valley so that the girls could attend Regis High School. When they moved to the valley Chrissy began working for St. Joseph’s Parish, while the family purchased Doughton Hardware. Also during that time, she and her husband owned and operated Daily’s Market and Deli in Albany and fulfilled a lifelong dream to open Mara’s Italian Restaurant on the Santiam Golf Course.
While working at St. Joseph’s, Chrissy’s love of sharing her faith and love of travel influenced her to open the world to hundreds of people. Chrissy took pilgrimages to Rome, Siena, Florence, Assisi, Turkey, Poland, Egypt, Paris, Ireland, Scotland, and England just to name a few. During her travels she took over 300 students to World Youth Day in Rome to meet Pope John Paull II.
While her love for her faith and travel were strong, her love for her family was always her driving force. She raised two beautiful daughters and ensured that her love for family, faith, and the desire to help others was passed to them. One of her biggest accomplishments was when she became Nona to two amazing grandchildren. Her love for travel took a slight detour and her new travel destinations became the library and donut shop every Friday. Those Friday’s would bring the same “Chrissy smile” that would light up the darkest room as the first time she stepped into St. Peter’s Basilica. Both had profound influences on Chrissy.
Chrissy’s passions included a love of dancing from an early age. She became a Rockette and danced on the most famous of stages. She took that love of dance and taught others to dance and choreographed numerous productions of school plays. Her passions also included fine Italian cuisine cooking which she learned by studying in a 400 year old family restaurant in Tuscany. This training resulted in countless recipes that were used and perfected at Mara’s as well as countless multi course gourmet dinners she would host in her home. The recipes used inspired their own cookbook. The ever diverse Chrissy also had an extreme passion for her children, ensuring that she never missed a game or school event, and making all of her children’s friends feel so welcome in their home.
Even when she was diagnosed with ALS, Chrissy, told the doctors that she would be ok because she was loved. She loved with every fiber of her being. She was always the first one to offer her hand to those in need and offer a shoulder. She would invite all to come to her table and share her family and faith. Chrissy would often say “there are no words, only love.” She lived this out daily and has left a lasting legacy of this love. Chrissy is now dancing with the Angels.
Chrissy was proceed in death by her father Nicholas and her brother John. She is survived by her devoted and loving husband Gary; daughter, Danielle and son-in-law Carlton Wise, and her two grandchildren Carson and Carly. She is also survived by daughter, Nicole Weston; mother, Pauline Frenchko; and brother, Daniel Frenchko; and many other extended family including her in-laws; sister and brother in laws; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews; and by all of those who ever had the pleasure of being in her presence.
A funeral mass will be held 10:00am Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. Joseph’s Parish in Salem, Oregon. There will be a Celebration of Life and the reception that will immediately follow the mass. Chrissy will be laid to rest at Restlawn Cemetery at 3:00 pm following the Celebration of life. All services are open to the public.