Christine M. Chase

Christine M. Chase

July 21, 1975 – May 15, 2021

VISITATION observing CDC guidelines: Saturday, June 5th from 9:30am to 10:30am at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 4804 Grover Street, followed by MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL at 10:30am.  Interment: St. John’s Cemetery.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

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Christine M. Chase, beloved daughter, loyal sister, dedicated aunt, part robot, lover of the dirty McRib, and self-proclaimed Golden Girl passed away peacefully at home on May 15, 2021, with family at her side.

Preceded in death by father, DeEarl “Bud” Chase.  Survived by mother, Gerry Chase; brother, Duane Chase (Jenny); sisters, Kelly Lee (Adam), Wendy Jedlicka (James); half-brothers, Brandon and Clayton Koll; eight nieces and nephews.

Christine enjoyed the simplest of things like three-hour trips to Target, name brand purses and bright colored shoes, the more obnoxious the better.  She had an insane collection of office supplies (anyone need some scissors?), catch phrase t-shirts such as “apparently I’m dramatic” and “I’m not for everyone”, and loved dying her hair – a lot.  Her hot pink hair alone was iconic in at least two states, Nebraska and Iowa.  

But what she will be remembered for most was her ferocious desire to defeat all odds and do so with an incredible quick-witted humor.  Faced with many ailments spread across almost two decades, Christine’s fight was comparable to none.  She was her own best advocate; never accepting an answer from a physician if she didn’t feel the answer was good enough, always pushing for more information, being assertive in her treatments and goals, and keeping her nurses, doctors, and family on their toes at all times.

Though Christine would never admit to it, she was an example to all who knew her.  She was living proof that there is insurmountable strength within each of us to conquer any obstacle that crosses our path if we are willing put in the effort.  Christine showed us it is Ok to go through hell and come out of it still laughing, to keep pushing when things get hard; and to not give up. 

Christine’s family would like to express appreciation for the many medical teams who saw her strength and tenacity and continued to fight for her for so many years.  A special thank you to Michael LaCroix, who gave Christine the gift of life, by donating Sidney the Kidney in 2013, blessing us with eight more years.  Thank you to Barbara, Glen, and Patrick Bush for always being there when we couldn’t.  And lastly to all family and friends who have loved, supported, encouraged, and prayed for Christine through every difficult challenge she faced, because of you she was able to live life on her own terms.

 

10 Comments

  • Vince and Mary Scarpello Posted May 16, 2021 7:21 am

    Sorry to hear of your loss.
    Sending up some prayers.

  • Jonathan Scheeler Posted May 20, 2021 4:25 pm

    Sending thoughts and prayers to the Chase Family during this difficult time.

  • Mike Campbell Posted May 21, 2021 2:18 pm

    I delivered to Christine once a month. This was one of my favorite stops. I enjoyed staying and talking with her long after the delivery was completed, often putting me behind. I wouldn’t trade that time for anything. I enjoyed the time I spent with her, she will be missed. May she rest in peace.

  • Natalie Ryan Posted May 22, 2021 4:37 pm

    I knew Christine and the Chase Family well and i am sooo very very sorry for your loss! She was a bright and happy person for sure and glad you have those memories to carry you on when times get rough. I will continue to keep you all in my thoughts & prayers during this time.

  • Amy Gienau Posted May 22, 2021 5:16 pm

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I got the honor of meeting Christine when she was on dialysis in Waterloo. I was one of her technicians. She definitely made a lasting impression on me. There will forever be a special place in my heart for her.

  • Tammy Lockhart Posted May 22, 2021 5:17 pm

    By far, an amazing person and I have been blessed knowing this family! My heart goes out to all of you during this time and my prayers for your peace. She will forever be remembered as the amazing Chris!

  • Rebecca Sundermeier Posted May 22, 2021 10:37 pm

    Prayers and love to everyone in this difficult time! 🌺🌸🌺🌸

  • Mike Potter Posted May 23, 2021 5:05 pm

    I am sorry for your loss

  • David Buffington Posted May 24, 2021 11:27 am

    My sincerest condolences to Gerry and the family. Positive and healing vibes being sent your way.

  • Sam Distefano Posted May 25, 2021 5:59 am

    What a beautiful tribute. So very sorry for your loss of such a vibrant force in your family. Treasure those memories. .Sam and Jody Distefano

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