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Christine Welch

Christine Marie Welch (Blaschak)

Monday, January 21st, 1963 - Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
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1963 - 2018

ROME, NY — Mrs. Christine Marie Blaschak-Welch, age 55, of Rome, NY passed away with her loving family at her side on Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse.

Born in Rome, NY she was the daughter of Mary T. (Drugach) Blaschak and the late Walter G. Blaschak. She was raised and educated in Rome, NY where she graduated from Rome Catholic High School. Christine held a position for over 35 years with Utica National Insurance Group. On October 14, 2016 she was united in marriage with Ralph E. “Butch” Welch, Jr. The couple enjoyed traveling and camping; they frequented Old Forge, Beak & Skiff Apple Hill Campus in Lafayette, NY, and Chittenango Falls, NY. Christine was a kind compassionate person who always put the needs of others before her own. Her generosity led her to be an organ donor; she was able to donate her eyes to help someone else.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph E. “Butch” Welch; her mother, Mary T. Blaschak; a daughter, Rebecca Anne Davis; a son, Matthew Davis all of Rome; a brother and sister-in-law, Bernard and Eileen Blaschak of Rome; many nieces and nephews, including, Katie Blaschak, John and Tiffany Blaschak, and Aaron S. and Amy Lazovik; and great-nieces and nephews, Elizabeth Blaschak, Kinsleigh Bogart, and Carter and Caleb Lazovik. Also surviving are many cousins and in-laws, Linda and Fred Zammiello, Suzanne Teesdale, and Cathy and Kevin Wright. She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth.

Visitation will be held on Friday afternoon from 5-8 at the Strong-Burns & Sprock Funeral Home, 7751 Merrick Road, Rome, NY 13440. Christine’s funeral service will commence of Saturday morning at 11:00 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 1807 Bedford Street, Rome, NY 13440. Interment will take place in Norwich Corners Cemetery at the convenience of the family. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida Street, Sauquoit, NY 13456. Donations in Christine’s memory may be considered to Susan G. Komen, or Susan G. Komen, Dept. 41831, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, TX 75265 in order to further breast cancer research. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, December 28th, 2018 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Friday, December 28th, 2018 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Strong, Burns and Sprock Funeral Home
    7751 Merrick Rd.
    ROME, NY
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  • Service

    Saturday, December 29th, 2018 | 11:00am
    Saturday, December 29th, 2018 11:00am
    St. Paul's Church
    1807 Bedford St.
    ROME, NY
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    Rev. Robert L. Kelly


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Rob & Veronica Sherman

Posted at 03:13pm
Welch/Blaschak Family,
Veronica and I were very sorry to hear about the passing of your beloved wife, daughter, mother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, in-law and my former fellow employee, Christine.
We have added you and your family to our daily prayer list. And, when we attend mass, we will add you and your family to our parish book of prayers.
May our Good Lord watch over, bless, protect, comfort and console you and your family as you endure this difficult, trying and sad time in your lives.
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you and your family in your time of loss and sorrow.
Rob & Veronica Sherman

Cindy Hert

Posted at 08:42am
You were an amazing person, Chris. I always admired your strength and perseverance dealing with the many obstacles you faced during your lifetime. Your sense of humor was priceless (tears of joy from some would bring laughter from Chris!) You were an amazing mother, always attending to Becca's needs and attending all of Matt's sporting events. You had a very loving relationship with your Mom and were lucky enough to have Butch come back into your life, even if for a few short years.
Love you always - Cindy Hert

Nancy M Chromczak

Posted at 08:28am
Chris you are very special I had so many laughs with you throughout our time together at Utica National and our special times at the scrapbooking events such fun we had! Always remember the “ Going to Alabama “ song you sang to me as a ventured out every year to my sisters you always made me smile along with so many other people. My condolences to your children, mom and Bernie and all the rest of your family and friends. RIP
Nancy Chromczak

Laure Haines Fogelman

Posted at 10:37pm
The world has lost such a beautiful person. The heavens have gained one . I am so sorry for your heartbreak ! Sending sincere condolences along with prayers to Mary , Butch, Matt and Becca - along to the rest of the family.
Laure Haines Fogelman. ( From Dr. Wilbert’s office )

Anne Laterza Waters

Posted at 07:44pm
You were a beautiful person inside and out! Rest in peace Chris! God bless you!

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