CANDIA - Christina L. (Kokolis) Nelson, 65, died Aug. 1, 2012, at Elliot Hospital, after a period of declining health.
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Born in Manchester on July 17, 1947, she was the daughter of Menelaos and Christine (Kiritsis) Kokolis. She resided in Manchester before moving to Candia in 1979.
She graduated from Manchester High School Central, Class of 1965. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Keene State College in 1969 and a Master's in education from Suffolk University in 1976. She also received a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Lesley University in 1985.
She worked at the Manchester School District for 38 years. Early in her career, she was an elementary schoolteacher at Jewett Street School. Later, she was co-director of information technology. Until her retirement, she was director of the Greater Manchester Professional Development Center. Afterward, she was an independent education technology consultant. She also volunteered as a journalist with the Deerfield and Candia Forum News.
Mrs. Nelson was awarded the Susan Janosz Technology Impact Award, the ED'ies Bell Award as well as the NHSTE Award. She was a member of the N.H. Association of Computer Coordinators.
She was a member of Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral. She was an avid reader and enjoyed computers, rug hooking and spending time in her sunflower garden.
The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the nurses of the Intensive Care and the Fitch Units at Elliot Hospital.
In addition to her parents of Manchester, family members include her husband of 46 years, Kenneth "Dick" R. Nelson of Candia; her sister, Andrea Kokolis of Manchester; her brother, Stephen Kokolis, and his lifetime partner, Michelle Mancini, of Dover; three nephews and several aunts.
services: A memorial reception will be held Friday, Aug. 3, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Connor-Healy Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 537 Union St., corner of Concord Street, Manchester. The Trisagion service will take place Friday at 6 p.m. in the funeral home with the Rev. Andrew Mahalares officiating. Urn encryptment will take place in Pine Grove, Cemetery, Manchester.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Animal Rescue League of New Hampshire, 545 State Route 101, Bedford 03110.
For more information or to view the online guest registry, please visit connorhealy.com.
Connor-Healy Funeral Home
537 Union Street
Manchester, NH 03104
Published in Union Leader on Aug. 2, 2012