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Kristine Carbone

Kristine Carbone, 38; 'she believed in angels'

Kristine Carbone, 38, would put spice into anyone's day. She loved baking and cooking, and was always ready to whip something up for her friends, or even for those she did not know. Every dish that Kristine made was unique.

"Nothing was ever plain with Kristine," her sister, Patti, says.

Every Friday, Kristine would send her legendary goodies to Brookfield Engineering, where her boyfriend, Claude Schlieff, worked. "She would get e-mails that said, 'We haven't met you yet, but we love you. Keep the cookies coming,' " Patti says.

Kristine's cooking won praise from afar as well; she recently won first place in an informal chili cook-off.

"She was just a wonderful, giving person, and she brought people together," Patti said. Even when they were young, the two sisters did not fight. "She was my Krissy."

Kristine was a salesperson at Heritage Salmon Co. in Canton, where she made even her clients feel like good friends. "She seemed to create a personal touch with all of them," coworker Marianne Sheehan says. "Everyone that's called, even over the phone, they just felt terrible, because they knew her personally."

Sheehan said it's still difficult to walk by Kristine's desk, which holds stuffed animals, cards and photographs of her boyfriend and her cat, Mooy. "She loved that cat; she had pictures of him up all over," Sheehan said. Kristine had a second cat, Frito, whom she took in, rescuing him from a factory, where he was born.

"She'd lift everyone's spirits when they were down; it's just the way she was. It's hard to explain -- everybody was 'honey' or 'sweetie'; she just made everybody feel good," Sheehan said.

Kristine loved crosses and angels and often received figurines as gifts. "She believed in angels," Patti said.

-- Providence Journal staff


Published in The Providence Journal on Mar. 20, 2003
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