Christine Wistinghausen


On April 26, 2014, Berneice and Ken Wistinghausen reached down from Heaven and enfolded their very special daughter, Christine Renee Wistinghausen, in their waiting arms. Chris died peacefully, surrounded by the love of her family and friends, while listening to echoes of her childhood…lullabies, nursery rhymes and hymns of praise to her God.

At age 53, Chris leaves behind all those who will never forget her very special smiles and the warmth only she could give! Chris lived a very enthusiastic life! Attending the Good Samaritan School in Defiance, Ohio, Chris was not only an athlete herself, but a cheerleader for her fellow students as well! Never one to be on the sidelines, she participated in Special Olympics and has had many gold medals placed around her neck! During her career, Chris has worked for Quadco of Stryker, Days Inn of Defiance and Nancy's Restaurant, Defiance. Throughout the day, no matter what job she was given, she spread joy and laughter to co-workers and customers alike! During her winters in Florida, she enjoyed gardening, bowling, swimming and playing Skip-Bo. Being scorekeeper for the euchre and pinochle tournaments was the highlight of her day. Chris decided she would retire when Nancy of Nancy's Restaurant decided to retire. But, being the "social butterfly" she was, she joined the Senior Retirement Program and was enjoying life to the fullest until her recent illness.

Chris will be forever remembered and loved by her two big brothers, Allen (Susan) Wistinghausen of Toledo and Thomas (Deborah) Wistinghausen of Jackson, Michigan. Her nieces, nephews, special cousins and very special friends will keep her memory in their hearts always.

Chris' friends and family are invited to visit with her from 2-4 and 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, 529 Jefferson Avenue, Defiance, Ohio. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 1, 2014, at Zion's Lutheran Church of Defiance, Ohio, where visitation will be held one hour before the service. Interment is scheduled at 3 p.m. in Toledo Memorial Park, Sylvania, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made in Chris' honor to the Good Samaritan School, the Senior Retirement Program, Defiance Hospice or a charity of the donor's choice. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staffs of Mercy Hospital and Brookview Healthcare Center for the care and kindness they extended to Chris during her last weeks.

The Innocent

She thinks no evil, does no harm.

Her disposition is always calm.

So full of love and kindness, too,

She only sees the good in you.

Anger, dislike -- they are not real.

Such normal impulse she does not feel.

She is innocent, this is true --

Of hate and fear and things we do.


Such perfect trust is hard to find,

Exemplifies her peace of mind.

With eyes upturned and heart sincere,

Her thoughts may seem quite far from here.


A deeper knowledge, yet not expressed.

We are sure…she's wiser than the rest.

All who knew her will attest

She is our precious Down syndrome Sis.

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  • Defiance has lost a local treasure!

    I couldn't go into ANY of the local restaurants with her without hearing, person after person, say, "Hi, Chrissy!" or "Hi, Chris!" The same thing was true when I went to see her bowl at C & S. The same thing was true when we went to Wal-Mart or Giant.

    She loved working both at the Days Inn and at Nancy's Restaurant. Whenever I visited, Nancy's was one of the restaurants we HAD to go to because that's where Chrissy felt the most comfortable. (She also loved Kistners and Bob Evans.)

    I was Chrissy's "Special Cousin." She started calling me that about 20 years ago. I was honored and humbled that she called me that!

    I was there when Chrissy was born at Toledo Hospital on December 11, 1960. We were told Chrissy was a "Mongoloid" who would be subject to respiratory and speech difficulties and she probably wouldn't live past seven.

    Well, she fooled him!

    My parents, Minnie and Walter Powers of Temperance, Michigan, were Chrissy's godparents. In fact, at one time, my Dad was the Pro at Kettenring Country Club, so I had already heard great things about Defiance before Chrissy moved there.

    She was our angel and she will never be forgotten, especially by me.

    God speed, Chrissy!

    Chrissy's "Special Cousin"

    Evelyn Powers,

    Bloomington, Indiana