Ensign Kristine M. Ensign, born on February 4, 1969 in Toledo and died on April 21, 2013 at her home. Kris was a 1987 graduate of Clay High School, Oregon, OH. She played varsity volleyball, basketball and softball and earned many honors including first team Great Lakes League, and District 7 in all three sports for two years straight. Awarded the Leta Wescotte Award for best female athlete her senior year and was inducted into the Clay High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998. Her education continued as a 1993 graduate of Bowling Green State University, B.S. in business education and a 2003 graduate of Regis University with a M.S. in computer information technology. She started her career in Toledo as business teacher - Libbey High School (1993-2000), varsity volleyball coach - Cardinal Stritch High School (1993-1999). She also was the assistant varsity girls basketball coach and began the fastpitch softball program at Stritch which she coached for 3 years. She was the varsity assistant fastpitch softball coach at Central Catholic High School for five years. She relocated to Columbus and started teaching at Groveport Madison High School as an accounting teacher (2000-2013). Her involvement in sports included; varsity volleyball coach for 3 years; JV volleyball coach for 3 years, assistant varsity fastpitch softball coach for 13 years. In addition she was a building technology coordinator, prom supervisor, photographer for the yearbook and Cruiser Gazette, and chaperoned and took pictures at every school event. She inspired many students to pursue careers in accounting and play softball at the collegiate level. Kris learned she had angiosarcoma in 2010. Through this journey she has helped raise funds for Angiosarcoma Awareness, Inc and the Ronald McDonald House by inspiring the entire Groveport Madison school district to collect pop can tabs. Kris' cancer inspired the GMHS students and staff to start "Mission Ensign" to help raise funds for Kris' travel expenses to and from Houston where she received care at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Kris is preceded in death by her grandparents K. Ward and Janette Ensign, George and Estelle Page, infant brother Kenneth John and dog, Azzi. She is survived by her devoted parents, Douglas and Georgette (Page) Ensign; sisters, Laurie (Jim) Adams, Karry Edwards Loch; brother, D. Ward Ensign; nieces and nephew, Kellie and Mitchell Adams and Alea Loch; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. She leaves behind her canine companions, Duke, Dottie, Muddy, Nokona and UConn. Donations can be made in memory of Kristine Ensign to Angiosarcoma Awareness, Inc. (www.cureasc.org) and "Mission Ensign" fund at Groveport Madison High School. Friends may call on Wednesday from 2-8 p.m. at MYERS-WOODYARD FUNERAL HOME, 587 Main St., Groveport, OH. Additional visitation will be held Thursday 5-8 p.m. and Friday 2-8 p.m. at the WALKER FUNERAL HOME, 5155 Sylvania Ave. (west of Corey Rd.), Sylvania, OH. Family will receive friends Saturday at 10 a.m., Christ the King Church, 4100 Harvest Lane, Toledo 43623, followed by Mass of the Resurrection at 11 a.m. Kris' family would like to thank the entire Groveport Madison School District and community for the outpouring of support and for developing "Mission Ensign." Words could never adequately convey how thankful we are. Please visit orwoodyard.com and walkerfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
Myers-Woodyard Funeral Home
587 Main St. Groveport , OH 43125
Published in The Columbus Dispatch on Apr. 23, 2013