Christine Santrizos Chagaris, 58, passed away peacefully early Sunday morning, June 26, 2022 surrounded by her loving family. Her husband George never left her side as she continued to bravely battle breast cancer. She was born in New York City, NY on August 27, 1963, the only child of Nick Santrizos and the late Helen Manos Santrizos.
Christine was an avid writer, traveler, coffee-lover and self-described “NYC gal” and “General Hospital fan 4ever”. She graduated from Hood College, located in Frederick, Maryland in 1985 with a dual major in Political Science and History. After college, one of the first jobs she attained was with the United Nations. Since then, she focused on her writing career where she was an ongoing contributor to several publications, including Food & Travel, Travel Awaits, Westchester Magazine, Fairfield Parents and others. She also wrote and published two books, Igniting the Constellation, under her own name, and Trilogy, A Collection under the pen name Prudence MacGregor. Her love of writing began as a teenager, when she decided to write a letter to the world’s first test tube baby, Louise Brown, which turned them into lifelong pen pals and friends.
In 1995, Christine met her future husband George at a Young Adult League conference. Not thinking anything of it, they did not even exchange numbers. As fate would have it, a year later, they happened to bump into each other again and they’ve been together ever since. The two were married on May 24, 1997 in New York City, officiated by the late Reverend George Poulos and Reverend Robert Stephanopoulos.
On May 24, 2022, Christine and George celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. They both cherished the time they had together and George finds comfort in knowing that he will be reunited with Christine some day.
Besides her father, Christine is survived by her loving husband George Chagaris, her mother-in-law, Helen Chagaris, sisters-in-law Connie Begetis (Dimitris) and Jeanette Chagaris, her nieces and nephew Katerina, Eleni and Stavros, and great-nieces. She was predeceased by her mother, Helen Santrizos.
Family and friends may call at The Church of the Archangels, 1527 Bedford Street in Stamford, CT on Wednesday, June 29 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, with a trisagion service to be held at 7:00 PM. A Funeral Service will take place on Thursday, June 30 at 11:00 AM at The Church of the Archangels, with Father Harry Pappas officiating. Interment will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park Cemetery, Oaklawn Avenue, Stamford.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 13770 Noel Road, Suite 801889, Dallas, TX 75380, The Church of the Archangels, or The Ladies Philoptochos Society, 1527 Bedford Street, Stamford, CT 06905.
The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory is honored to assist the family with the arrangements.
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