Christina Maria Francesca Vernon-Wood (nee Catenazzi)

Christina Maria Francesca Vernon-Wood (nee Catenazzi)

Born January 15, 1927 in Ascona, Switzerland. Chris passed away on June 17, 2013 Predeceased by her husband of 50 years Bill; her daughter Sandra and her great grandson Jonas. She is survived by her daughter Sonja; son Dean: grandchildren Niels, Kirsten, Paola, Lars, Shawn and Deanna; Great grandchildren Leo, Tegan, La Wren, Jack, Jessa, Josh, Sequin and Sunora. Chris came to Canada in the summer of 1947 with her mother and two younger sisters who were emigrating. Chris’ plan was to return to Switzerland but a cowboy stole her heart and she married in 1948 and raised her children in Canada. After Bill rejoined the Air Force they left the Kootenays and lived in Cold Lake AB; Zweibruken, Germany (during which time holidays were spent with her father’s family in Switzerland); Trenton, ON; Cudworth, SK; Williams Lake, BC; Kamloops, BC and Salmon Arm, BC. In retirement, they moved to Grindrod, BC first to the place on the river and then up on the hill. Chris worked as the assistant postmistresses in Grindrod for seven years. Nonie (as she is known to her grandchildren and their friends) was involved in all aspects of her grandchildren’s lives. If they were doing something Nonie would be there cheering them on. After Bill died Chris took great comfort in her friends, much time was spent with Joey and Audrey playing cards and talking. Chris was a member of the Grindrod Gospel Church. She was a voracious reader and if you wanted to know what to read next you only had to ask her and she had many good suggestions. Chris, Choukie, Nonie, Mom will be missed and eternally loved by many. A tea in celebration of her life will take place at the Grindrod Hall on September 1, 2013 at 12:15pm. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers please make donations to the Grindrod Hall fund.


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