MERIDEN - Christine joined her parents in heaven at 6:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, when she collapsed in her apartment into the arms of her daily visiting nurse. Her heart, which brought so much love to so many people in her 52 years on this earth, had done all it could do and stopped beating.
Christine's parents, Joseph T. Phelan, Jr. and Ann E. Martin Phelan (Allard), surely welcomed their baby to eternal life, where they could all be together once more.
Christine leaves her greatest sources of joy and accomplishment, her two sons, Joseph Thomas Ramm and Thomas Michael Ramm, both of Michigan. She shined as a mother in general, and especially as the mother of the groom, when Joey married his bride, Jessica, this past July, with daughters Madison and Morgan celebrating alongside. She will celebrate their next child's arrival expected next spring with blessings from above. Thomas, her baby, now a fine young man himself, and his lovely and loving girlfriend, Meredith Neilson, also made Christine radiate with pride and happiness, knowing how much they cared about and loved her. Joey and Thomas' father, Thomas Ramm, originally from Cheshire, Conn., now from Michigan, shared nearly 20 years in marriage to Christine, of which she'd repeatedly say with great pleasure and memories, were the best years of her life. She loved Tommy, her life's only true love, and was grateful that he and Karen have found each other and are so close to the boys.
The youngest of three daughters to Joe and Ann Phelan, Christine also leaves her two older sisters, Kim Kivela, of Pomfret, Conn., and Terry Johnson, of Wallingford. The bond shared between sisters, one of life's strongest bonds, is epitomized in Christine, Terry, and Kim, three pillars of strength, love, and joy. Christine will now shine her light on her sisters, guide, and protect them each day on their life journeys.
Kim and her husband, Bill, their three children, Jason, Jennifer, and Katelyn Kivela; Terry and Glenn Johnson, their three daughters. Brooke, Lauren and Paige; Brooke's wonderful husband. Henry J. Cadett III, and their gorgeous children, Ava Shea and Henry John, were all blessed to have Christine so close to their entire lives.
Brothers-in-law, Bill and Glenn, shared a beautiful relationship with Christine that they will continue hold in their hearts while they remember with great fondness her caring heart, unprejudiced love, and contagious laughter. Her nieces, nephew, and great-niece and -nephew will continue to share memories of generous nature and joyful spirit.
Christine's journey through Chapman School, Holy Angel's School, Saint Bridget's School, and Cheshire High School brought her to Southern Connecticut State College, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Therapeutic Recreation in 1982, which she was very proud to have achieved. She was a great socialite and creator of happy times for hundreds of people throughout her life. She was an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous, where she joined many other loving and supportive victims of the disease. She had recently completed treatment for breast cancer
at Midstate Medical Center, where she was treated like royalty and was grateful for their phenomenal care.
Calling hours will be Monday, Dec. 2, at The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 North Main Street Ext., Wallingford, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral will be on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 9 a.m. from The Wallingford Funeral Home, when the funeral cortege will proceed to Most Holy Trinity Church, 84 North Colony St., Wallingford, where a Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Interment will be private in Saint Joseph's Cemetery in Waterbury, Conn. www.wallingfordfh.com