Kenneth James Christman, a Longtime Area Resident, Dies at 78
WAPPINGERS FALLS – 78, an area resident since 1961, died on January 17, 2018 at Vassar Brothers Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He previously lived in Pottstown, PA.
Born in Pottstown, PA on October 25, 1939, Kenneth was the son of the late G. Kenneth and Florence (Heil) Christman. Kenneth proudly served in the US Army. He received his BA in Civil Engineering in 1961 from Lehigh University where he also played lacrosse. He was employed as a Civil Engineer for the New York State Department of Transportation and the Thruway Authority retiring in 1999 after 38 years. He stayed at home for a year fixing things around the house and then decided to return to work. He worked as a consultant on several construction engineering jobs with great colleagues and friends until he became ill. Kenneth loved his job and was proud of the work that he did.
On April 21, 1968 at St. Joseph’s Church in Poughkeepsie, Kenneth married Charlotte (Anzelone) Christman who survives at home. He is also survived by his son, Kenneth J. Christman, Jr.; his daughter, Elizabeth Borkowski and her husband Gary; his grandchildren, Parker and Violet; his sister, Barbara Yoder, and his sister-in-law, Melanie Christman. He was also predeceased by his brother, Robert Christman and brother-in-law, Ron Yoder. He devoutly loved his family; their needs always came first.
Kenneth was a parishioner at St. Columba Church where he served as an usher. He will be remembered as a hard worker who enjoyed his career. He also liked reading, going to the beach with his family, playing cards (Skunk), vegetable gardening, researching genealogy, and playing with his grandchildren. He was an avid pretzel connoisseur.
Calling hours will be held on Sunday from 2-6 pm at the McHoul Funeral Home, Inc., 895 Route 82, Hopewell Junction. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Monday at 10 am at St. Columba Church, 835 Route 82, Hopewell Junction followed by military honors.
Donations may be made to American Cancer Society or a charity of your choice. Please visit Kenneth’s Book of Memories at www.mchoulfuneralhome.com.