Heaven gained an Angel today. As hard as it is to let her go, Chris is now cradled in the arms of Jesus, enjoying the rest that follows a courageous 12-year battle with breast cancer. Born on October 25, 1962, the youngest of 3 Correlli girls, she peacefully left this earth on July 16, 2023, at home surrounded by her loving family. She was 60 years young. She leaves behind the love of her life, her soulmate and husband of 29 years, Curt; son, Nathan and daughter, Maria of Alliance; sisters, Deb (Gary) Morrison and Sherrie (Tom) Jackson of North Canton; mother-in-law, Carol Allenbaugh of Alliance; sister-in-law, Diane (Gary) Dimit of Beloit and numerous nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, John C. and Virginia S. Correlli and father-in-law, Ed Allenbaugh.
Chris graduated from Central Catholic High School and attended Kent State Stark Campus before joining the work force. Her favorite jobs were that of loving wife and devoted mother, but over the years, she may have served you at Papa Bears Restaurant, checked you in at North Canton Medical Clinic or assisted you with group insurance needs through Aultcare.
Her strong work ethic extended into the time she put into her relationships with people. Chris never missed an opportunity to make you feel special… your birthday card always arrived on time and sometimes with surprise confetti inside! Her gifts were always generous and thoughtful, often themed and containing things you did not even know you needed! And playing Secret Santa brought her much joy. Chris was forever grateful, so you may have even been the lucky recipient of one of her beautifully worded and penned “Thank You” notes!
She was a very organized party planner, beginning in early years with elaborate, Halloween parties and family birthday celebrations, and then in later years with weekend long Fourth of July gatherings at her happy place on Berlin Lake complete with too much food, a bonfire and fireworks. She loved being a wife and mother, so the moments that brought her the most joy were those spent with Curt, Nate and Maria. Whether it was prepping food in the kitchen, vacationing at the Beach, shopping on M & M days (Mommy and Maria) or being #1 Fan at Football/Baseball games and Swim meets, she was happiest when she was surrounded by her family and friends. Chris was an incredible sister, aunt and daughter-in-law, a loyal and caring friend and a dedicated employee.
She never passed up an opportunity to share her love of Jesus, often by testimony…even with strangers, and through prayer and gifting someone with an inspirational book. Her gratitude for health and the gift of life knew no bounds and her faith was evident in the way she accepted the challenges of her illness over so many years. She never complained and was able to keep moving forward with positivity and grace. She was so focused on beating this disease that her fierce determination to win the battle often resulted in challenging physician’s treatment plans and recommendations before agreeing to proceed. One had to respect that she always stayed true to herself and only accepted treatment on her own terms. She never gave up even to the very end and was quite an inspiration to so many people.
The family would like to give special thanks to the Alliance Aultman Hospice Team and to Nurse Deanna. Your care of Chris, as well as the rest of the family, is appreciated more than you know.
Friends and family may offer condolences at Cassaday-Turkle-Christian Funeral Home on Friday, July 21st from 6:00-8:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Regina Coeli Church in Alliance on Saturday, July 22nd at 10:00 a.m. with Father Joe Ruggieri as Celebrant followed by Interment at Calvary Cemetery. A Celebration of Life is being planned for a later date.
We love you, Chris. We feel blessed by your love and so grateful for all the lessons we have learned from how you lived your life. We miss you and will look forward to the time when we can all be together again.