EDMESTON — Christine L. Fitch, 83, of Burlington Flats, died Sunday, May 26, 2002, at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown.
She was born Nov. 7, 1918, in Burlington Green, the daughter of William J. and Iva J. (Lake) Shillieto.
She married Lloyd C. Fitch on Nov. 11, 1938, in West Edmeston. He predeceased her on Feb. 8, 1997.
Christine retired from Edmeston Central School, where she taught for more than 35 years. She began her teaching career in the area's one-room schoolhouse. Christine had a passion for reading and for teaching; even in her later years she could still recite Hiawatha and Evangeline entirely.
One of her greatest loves was for her grandchildren, and she enjoyed searching through all the rummage sales to procure gifts for each of them.
Her garden was deep in color and produce.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Burlington Green, but also enjoyed attending the First Baptist Church in Burlington Flats.
Christine is survived by her children and their spouses, Andrea and Bill Gott of Edmeston, Leah and Roger Perkins of West Edmeston and Clifford and Patti Fitch of Burlington Flats. Her grandchildren, Cathleen and Dave Parmeter, Gary and Angela Gott, Richard and Carrie Gott, Joann and Glenn Cilbrith, Gerald and Noemi Perkins, James aud Prudy Perkins, David Perkins and Cheryl, Lisa Baulch, Michael Fitch, Amy Fitch and her fiance, Greg Dye; and great-grandchildren, William and Ethan Hitchcock, Garrett and Caitlyn Gott, Brandon, Justin, Kyle and Andrew Gott, Adam and Amanda Perkins, Jake and Hanah Baulch and Michael Price and Sara Cilbrith; her brother and sister-in-law, Stanley and Helen Shillieto; her niece, Linda and family; two nephews, Mark, Gordon and family; numerous cousins and several close friends.
Christine was predeceased by her beloved nephew, David.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2002, at the Houk-Johnston-Terry Funeral Home in Edmeston, with the Rev. Jay Henderson, pastor, officiating.
Calling hours will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at the funeral home.
Interment will be at Burlington Flats Cemetery.
The family is setting up a fund in Christine's name through Edmeston Central School. The award will be based on the most improved reading skills in first grade.
Published in The Daily Star on May 28, 2002.
Find A Grave Memorial for Christine L. (Shillieto) Fitch