Christine A. (Smith) Pachel
September 28, 1965
February 18, 2023
Peacefully and surrounded by family, on Saturday, February 18th, 2023, at age 57. Beloved daughter of Dorothy (Kaminski) and the late Chester (Smith). Chrisy is now at home in the arms of her loving dad. She spent over 32 wonderful years with her husband, Gary Pachel. Chris was an incredible mother to Amanda (Matt) Prevade and Joshua Pachel. She was a loving sister to Patty (Kevin) Szafranski, Mike Smith, and twin sister to Kathy (Jack) Bowen. Her greatest joy was becoming a grandmother to Benjamin Lewis Prevade, who she called her “Benjamin Bear”.
Chrisy is also survived by her Aunts- Janey (Terry) Shipley, Rene (Bill) Augustine, Antoinette (Frank) Antonelli, Mary Alice (Denis) Davin, and Cindy Smith; her Uncles-John (Sheila) Kaminski, Ray (Cindy) Kaminski, Frank (Cheryl) Kaminski, Ralph Smith, Jim (Olga) Smith; her nieces and nephews-Michael (Ashley) Martin, Nicholas (Maddie) Martin, Dylan Szafranski, Abigail Bowen, Luke Bowen, Andrew Bowen, Taylor Smith, Olivia Smith, Sophia Smith, Nicholas (Betsy) Petrelli, DJ (Kellie) Denk, Eric Acheson, Alycia Demendi, Brittany (Jacob) Holmes, Celeste Demendi, Chrissy (Joey) McGee, and Chase Pachel; her great nieces and nephews-Elijah Martin, Eliana Martin, Blair Martin, Nora Martin, Harper Demendi, Bode Demendi, Clarke Petrelli, and Clay Petrelli; her sisters-in-law- Lynn Demendi and Trudy (Don) Petrelli.
Chrisy was predeceased by her best friend that she spoke with every day for over 30 years, and mother-in-law, Jean, her sisters-in-law- Valerie Young, Linda Pachel, Sheila Pachel, and brother-in-law- Paul Pachel, her neice- Cindy Young, and her great nephew- Cody Bruno.
Chrisy grew up in the Elliot neighborhood and was a graduate of Langley High School. After graduation, Chrisy spent 40 years dedicating her career to the insurance industry. In those years, she made many lifelong friends from colleagues to clients.
She moved to Westwood after getting married and raised her family there for 32 years. Chrisy loved the beach, Hallmark movies, reading, crafting, shopping with her mom, clowns, The Bay City Rollers, chocolate (especially Sarris), her beloved dogs Roxy and Cocoa, and gnomes. The time she spent with family was most precious to her. Countless memories include family vacations to the beach, camping trips, annual trips to Sugar Creek, Sunday dinners, and many holidays and birthdays spent together with those she loved so much.
Chrisy was one of the most selfless and caring souls you could ever meet. She was funny, kind, and made a positive impact on every person she met. She loved making food for her family-from pierogis, to deviled eggs, stuffing, chili, brownies, and more… it was a true representation of how much she took care of others. She always made sure to make extra just for you if it was your favorite. Her recipes will be carried on as a constant reminder of her love for her family. She loved babysitting her great nephew and niece Elijah and Eliana, she loved talking about The Bachelor with her twin sister Kathy and niece Abigail, she loved her car rides into work with her sister Patty, and she loved reading and singing to her grandson Benjamin.
She fought lung cancer courageously with grace, dignity, and strength for two years. During her battle, gnomes became her mascot. Anytime someone saw one in a store or online, they thought of her. Chrisy’s ever-growing gnome collection brought joy and laughter to her and her family throughout her two year battle. The gnomes are a perfect example of the many people she touched and the village that supported her. They will continue to bring back the memories to those that loved her most. She and her family would like to thank everyone for their sacrifice and ongoing support throughout this time - especially her husband, Gary, whose constant faith and daily support aided greatly in this heroic fight.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the SZAFRANSKI-EBERLEIN FUNERAL HOME, INC., where family and friends will be received on Monday, February 20, 2023 from 3-8 pm at 101 Third St., Carnegie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. Raphael the Archangel Parish, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 at 10 am. Burial will take place in St. Martin Cemetery.