Christine Ross was born in Brighton (Boston), Massachusetts on July 3, 1949 to William Sotirelis and Marion Sculos. After graduating from Brighton High School as valedictorian, she attended Boston State College and in 1971 she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Education. She married her high school sweetheart, Richard S. Ross III on May 30, 1971 and together they shared in 49 years of marriage.
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Christine received her Massachusetts certification as a Kindergarten teacher shortly after graduating from Boston State College. She held educational positions shaping the minds and hearts of many young children as both Head Kindergarten Teacher and Associate Director in private schools in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Virginia. In 2001 Christine moved to Connecticut and flourished as a part-time bookkeeper for National Waste Management in East Hartford, Connecticut.
Upon her retirement, Christine enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and especially her grandchildren. She cultivated many hobbies both during her career and in her retirement including painting, needlepoint, knitting, macrame, photography and reading. She was an avid international and domestic traveler, her last trip a classical tour of Greece with her husband Richard. Christine provided editorial assistance, patience, and advice to support her husband’s second career as a historical author. She became active with the East Windsor Senior Center making many friends and enjoying the activities the Center offered.
Christine was predeceased by her parents. She leaves behind her husband Richard S. Ross III, her son Richard S. Ross IV (his wife Cara) of Fayetteville, New York, Nicole E. Ivey, (her husband William) of Glastonbury, Connecticut, her grandchildren Christine Ivey and William Ivey, Jr., her half-sister Robin Milliken, (her husband Robert) of Union Maine, Samuel Sotirelis (his wife, Marilyn), of Suny, Maine, her Uncle Peter Sculos (his wife Mary) of Burlington, Massachusetts, her first cousins Philip Heras, Dino Heras, Elena Heras, Nicholas Heras, Jimmy Heras, Christian Heras, Craig Sculos, Jason Sculos and many other beloved family and friends.
Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. A celebration of Christine’s life will be scheduled in the future to honor her safely with family and friends. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Christine Ross Children’s Materials and Programming Fund c/o The Association of the Warehouse Point Library, 107 Main St., East Windsor, CT 06088.