Christina Elena Pérez Wirth
Christina Elena Pérez Wirth passed away on April 11, 2019 surrounded by her loving family and her cherished dog, Luna. She was 31 years old. Christina began her life on Easter Sunday, 1988, at Carswell Air Force Base Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Beloved daughter, sister, cousin, friend, and proud dog-mom, Christina is preceded in death by her grandparents, Adolfo and Emma, and Carol and Donald; and tíos, Giby and Danny. She is survived by her parents, Donald and Laura; siblings, Monica and Vincent. She is also survived by her tíos and tías (uncles and aunts): Fito, Summer, Betina, Dawn, Sonya, Deanne, Michael, and Harold; and numerous cousins.
Born and raised an Air Force child, Christina experienced the typical childhood of a military family. She moved with her family to four different cities in two countries, lived in seven different homes, and attended eight schools—all before the age of 14. The Wirth family finally settled in Papillion, Nebraska in the summer of 2001.
Christina is a graduate of Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Language Literature with a minor in Spanish at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and her teaching certificate in Elementary Education at Rio Salado Collage in Phoenix, Arizona. She is also a very proud member of the Lambda Theta Nu sorority.
Despite many barriers, Christina was dedicated to achieving her life-long dream of being an educator. She had an incredible passion for educating children and helping them reach their full potential, with a special interest in teaching English Language Learners. Christina completed her student teaching at Norris Elementary School in Millard and worked as an English as a Second Language paraprofessional at Blumfield Elementary School in Ralston. Although her life ended too soon, her gifts will continue to have a lasting impact on her students and those who worked with her.
Christina was as beautiful as she was intelligent, compassionate, and loving. Always up for an adventure, she embraced other cultures and languages and aspired to travel the world. Christina considered Arizona her home away from home and made many trips to visit family. She enjoyed reading, watching baseball, and riding heart-racing roller coasters. She had a deep love for her family, friends, and her adored dog.
She will forever remain in our hearts until the joyous day we meet again.
Christina’s family will receive friends on Thursday, April 25th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm at the West Chapel (7805 West Center Road), followed by a Vigil Service at 7:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, April 26th at 10:30am at Saint Columbkille Church (200 East 6th Street, Papillion). Private interment.
Memorials in honor of Christina’s life are suggested to the Sarcoma Foundation of America https://www.curesarcoma.org/christina-wirth.