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Christine Margaret Wied


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Christine Margaret Wied Obituary
Christine Margaret Wied, age 65, passed away on December 11, 2013, after a long and courageous fight against cancer. Christine was a resident of Lodi for nearly 30 years.
Born in Schenectady, NY, to Chester J. and Martha E. Goscinski on October 13, 1948, her family moved to San Diego, California in 1958. Christine graduated from Grossmont High School and earned her BA in psychology from San Diego State University, graduating with honors and distinctions. She also studied music and was a member of Sigma Alpha Iota.
She married Ltjg Douglas B. Wied in 1971, which began a loving and enduring marriage lasting almost 43 years and producing three children and two grandchildren. Christine and Doug lived in Arcadia, Ca. prior to moving to Lodi in 1977, where she spent the greater portion of her life. She and Doug moved to Ventura, Ca. in 2006.
Christine had a lifelong love of music, was a much admired vocalist, and a fine musician. She sang with the Stockton Master Chorale and was a regular soloist at her church and at community events. She twice performed the National Anthem to audiences of more than 10,000 people at the 4th of July celebrations held at Lodi Lake. In addition, she was a dedicated supporter of Doug's involvement with the Stockton Symphony, the New West Symphony and the Ventura Music Festival.
A devoted and active member in the Episcopal Church, she and Doug were members of The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Lodi, where Christine was a Parish leader and sang in the choir. She was also a founding member of The Arts at St. John's, an organization that presents live music performances at the church. Christine studied to become a Lay Eucharistic Minister, and was greatly dedicated to this ministry. After moving to Ventura, she and Doug joined St. Paul's Episcopal Church where she continued to take an active role in the congregation. In addition to serving as a Lay Eucharistic Minister, she was a soloist in the St. Paul's choir, a member of the Daughters of the King, and served two terms as Senior Warden.
Christine worked as an educator and instructor in a number of areas, including as a certified childbirth instructor and as a diet and nutrition leader, before finally devoting herself to environmental education. From 1992, she worked for local waste management firms helping to manage municipal contracts and developing and teaching curriculum on recycling and waste management for local schools and communities. She performed similar work for the City of Ventura from 2006 until retiring in October 2013.
In 2007, Christine was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. Despite the diagnosis, Christine continued to pursue her interests, and achieved an inspiring number of personal and professional accomplishments in the last six years of her life.
Christine is survived by her husband Doug, her three children and their families: Jennifer (Jeff) Schmitt and granddaughter Katharine of Poulsbo, Wa.; Aaron (Heather) Wied and grandson Christopher of Baltimore, Md.; and Gethin Wied of Torrance, Ca. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister Dolores.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at The Episcopal Church of St. John the Baptist in Lodi at 1:00 p.m. on February 15, 2014. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the St. John's Building Fund or the Stockton Chorale.
Published in Lodi News-Sentinel from Feb. 7 to Feb. 14, 2014
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