Christopher M. Gross
April 26, 2006; suddenly, age 23; beloved son of Maria C. (Michael) Windhorst and Russell (Nanette) Gross and Christopher S. Doughty; dear brother of Brittany, Christa, Aubrie, Dyllan and Daniel; dear grandson of Josephine and the late Ralph D'Avanzato, Patricia D. Falk, Howard and Diane Tanner and Lee and Patricia Windhorst; dear nephew of Thomas (Joann) D'Avanzato, Colleen (Scott) Gravelding and Rachel Falk; dear cousin of Raffaele, Tia, Macia and Chelsea; also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins. The family will be present Saturday and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the (Lancaster-Depew Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME & Cremation Service, 6050 Transit Rd., where Funeral services will be held at 8:30 AM and from St. Mary's on the Hill Church at 9:30 AM. Online register book at
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Hi My Christopher. As we near your birthday April 29th, 2019, knowing that you would have been 37 years old this year, its hard to imagine. What would you be doing, would you be married with children. Those grandchildren we are forever cheated from because youre not here with us. Who would you marry, where would you live and work. What would your interests be. What kind of car would you be driving? Most of all would you be happy. Maybe where you are, happiness reigns in every moment. Blessed by all the things you wish for. Are you with us when you want to be or paradise is so unimaginably beautiful that spending one more moment in our realm is not even a thought in your mind and you know we will all be together again in a quick moment based on heavens timeless eternity. Whatever we may think matter what we imagine......I pray your eternity is blessed by the Holy Trinity......God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. That you are with them in paradise for an eternity. Enjoying eternal life. We wait until that morning when we are blessed to join you and look into those big brown eyes and see your face again. To also be humbly honored to live in paradise with Christ. Im so sorry for anything we couldnt do for you my love. We should have known better, we should have listened harder, we should have rallied around you. Im sorry for all we couldnt do for you. My short comings hurt you and Im sorry. Too bad I couldnt see what you needed and how I could have really helped you. Please forgive us all for stupidly, blindly, thinking you would be ok. Love you my one and only Son. Remember like the messages God and You send me. John 3:16. I see you, I hear you, everyday. Happy 37th Birthday my love. Sending you hugs and kisses.
Maria Windhorst
April 22, 2019
Still think of you often and always say prayers for you...wish you could physically be with all the family enjoying each other, especially with your cousins as young adults... Plus,
now you are an uncle!!!
Maria Gugliuzza
October 25, 2016
Hi Chris, It's been crazy busy this year....but I think and pray for you everyday. Life is forever changed without you. I pray you're in paradise enjoying eternal life. Sending you hugs and kisses XOXOXOXOXO Mom
October 23, 2016
Love you miss you!
Love your little bro
Daniel Gross
June 29, 2016
Hey Chris,

Its your brother I miss you so much!Thinking about you non stop.Love you
like crazy!
Dan Gross
October 11, 2015
Lighting a candle for you My Christopher in honor of your bright spirit and soul. Love Mom.
Maria Windhorst
August 26, 2015
I think of you everyday my love. Happy Birthday, You would have been 33 this year. Brittany is getting married and your loss makes this time very bitter sweet. Your presence is with us. I get your messages and signs from God frequently. You know I hear you. I love and miss you, My only Son, My heart, Love of My Life, Mom.
August 26, 2015
Happy Birthday, Christopher...we think of you often. Keep "truckin" with Uncle Ed! We love you and will always keep you in our thoughts and prayers.
April 28, 2015
I can always feel this time counting and and my grandparents..these dates...I know you know your thought of :) I guess writing on here has become part of a 'tradition' so to speak. Goodnight Kid
Love ya
Melissa Smith-Noreck
April 26, 2015
Tall dark and handsome, a true friend, valued my opinion as much as I valued his. True value.
Gregory Ferry
December 15, 2014
HAPPY 32ND BIRTHDAY MY CHRISTOPHER!! I see several of our loving family members have been remembering you and taking time to say "hello". I just had too weeks off for the Easter Holiday...thinking about you celebrating with our Sweet Lord, Jesus. I know your living life to it's fullest, now more than ever. Oh to see you once again, and all the family that are with you. Aunt Joann and I said that You & Uncle Ed are racing motorcycles and fancy cars around heaven. Brittany and I also put up pictures of you on her black and white old fashioned family picture gallery wall. We reminisced the whole time putting them up. Miss you so much and love you My Son. I can't believe 32 years have passed since I first held you in my arms. May God Bless and Keep You, My Christopher.
May 4, 2014
Hi Christopher, It's Grandma, just calling to say Hi --
Remember that is how you used to call me and leave a message when I wasn't at home!! Anyway -- Happy, Happy 32nd Birthday!!! Not really the same as you always loved it when we sang to you and then we all got to eat that delicious cake your Mom would make for you and us!! I'm sure you are playing your guitar for everyone to enjoy on this special day and everyone is singing for your birthday. I was in Buffalo on Good Friday and Aunt Rachel and I went to the Broadway Market. So much fun, as usual, and came home with sponge candy and orange chocolate Buffalos. Aunt Rachel is hoping to swing by and visit for a bit if it, hopefully, stops raining this week. The next time I am in Buffalo maybe we can all get together and celebrate your birthday.
Miss You So Very Much and Love You
Grandma Pat, Aunts Rachel, Coleen & Donna and Chris
April 29, 2014
Hi Sweet Grandson,
It is raining here in Binghamton, but there is sunshine everywhere when I remember all the good times we shared when you were here with us. I know it always shines where you are now, especially today on your 32nd birthday.
I was with Aunt Rachel on Good Friday and we spent several hours at the Broadway Market - always a FUN, but exhausting time getting ready for Easter Sunday. Of course, brought home sponge candy and orange chocolate Buffalos. As always, you were sooooo missed, but we know you were celebrating our Savior's Resurrection, hopefully playing your guitar. I know Aunt Rachel is planning on visiting you this week if it would only stop raining for a little bit, and we will both stop by the next time I'm in Buffalo. Precious Christopher, please know your family misses and loves you so much!!
Happy, Happy Birthday, Love, Grandma Pat, Aunt Rachel,Coleen & Donna, Chris and all your Family xoxo
April 29, 2014
Hi Chris, Have had you on my mind. I am sure you are looking down on "the crazy girls" , Aunt Joann, your mom and me" when we girls are together shopping. We think of you often. Keep watch over us, it's your turn to watch us!!!
April 27, 2014
Hey Chris,
Well the other day was the longest visit we've had in a while.Happy it's getting nicer out.Wish it were different though.So wild,all these years keep passing.
Thinking of you always! Love you kiddo!
Melissa Smith
April 26, 2014
May 1, 2013
Hey there Handsome, #1 Grandson, Christopher -
I can't believe it is exactly one year to the day that I'm WRITING to you - but you know that I TALK to you every day and that's what keeps you close to me always. Of course, as always, since the day you were born, your family was together for your birthday - WOW-31 years ago God blessed sooooo many people with your birth and our love for you also keeps on growing!! We, again sent our special messages to you on balloons that were left near you - by an unknown person -for all who came to visit you on your birthday. What a wonderful gift, and also left a magic marker so we could write our special birthday wishes to you! Your Mom said special prayers and we - Grandma Josie, Aunt Rachel, Christa, Mike, and myself, let the balloons fly away up to you. We then went to Mass and Cousin Maria was there also. Dinner followed at a Greek Restaurant, food as always!!
Keep playing your guitar for the angels as they sing and remember -- We here, LOVE and MISS you and all look forward to someday being together AGAIN! Grandma Pat
Pat Falk
May 1, 2013
can't believe in a few days it will be 7 sad years without you here. i still cant believe how much time goes by. seems like just yesterday you were at my house. we miss u everyday still, the holidays will never be the same. i miss your smile so much. i am having a baby chris, another reason i wish you were here. i am happy and nervous at the same time. i know you would be happy for me, i can't wait to hold the little nugg =) i hope your doing good up there, god has the best of angels in heaven right now. i love you so much cousin, happy early birthday xoxo
ashley martina
April 23, 2013
Chris, I've been thinking about you a lot lately and miss you a whole bunch!! I hope you a had a nice birthday!!! Everyday I wish you were here and could meet my baby boy but I know your watching over us!!!! Love you!
Kristin McNeill
May 2, 2012
Happy 30th Birthday Sweet Grandson - (Only one day late)
Your earthly family celebrated, in "Christopher Style", your precious life here with us on Saturday, April 28. Your Mom, Grandma Josie, Aunt Rachel, Mike and I left for Mass after placing some really pretty flowers where we feel close to you and talk to you often - did you hear the prayers your Mom spoke to you at that time? After Mass, with Russ(Dad) & family, we all went to Chef's for dinner and YOUR Birthday Cake! Everyday we miss you, send our love to you and give thanks to God for time spent with you!!
Love from All, Grandma Pat
Patricia Falk
May 1, 2012
We think f you all the time, Chris. We will keep those prayers coming that we can join you in your special place someday, so we can all be together again.
April 29, 2012
Hope you got your balloon the other day.Make sure to read it
Love ya
Melissa Smith-Noreck
April 28, 2012
Thinking of you as always..
You're almost going to be catching up to me soon
Love ya
Melissa Smith-Noreck
April 14, 2012
Hi My Christopher, Tomorrow is Brittany's Birthday. 25 Years old. You would have been 30 years old this year on April 29th, 2012. Where does time go? Any family celebration is just not the same without you my love. God Bless and Keep you! Love Mom!
Maria Windhorst
March 13, 2012
Hey Christopher, It's Grandma, Just calling to say Hi! Those were your special words you always left on my answering machine at home, only you would say "It's Christopher". What a wonderful "Christmas Present" that would be for your "earthly family" if we could just hear those words from you one more time. I'll be in Buffalo after the holidays this year so will visit you then. Rachel does come to talk to you often - she misses you so much, as we all do. Play your guitar with the angels on Christmas Day to give Praise and Glory to our dear Savior, Jesus. Love and Miss you so much, God Bless You Sweet Christopher.. Grandma Pat (Rachel,too)
Patricia Falk
December 21, 2011
Merry Christmas Baby. I just ordered the Wreath to put at your grave tomorrow. You deserve all the Celebration of Christmas and more. Everyday, Every Hour, Every Minute....Wish you were here. Santa....all I want for Christmas is to spend the Day with My Christopher....and to have him back with us for good. I always know You're celebrating with Jesus, Christopher. I know You're having great fun, as you always were the life of the party. May God Bless You and Keep You...My Love...Love You Mom.
Maria Windhorst
December 9, 2011
I can't believe how time flies, but somedays it feels like just yesterday we were hanging out. You would love my new car....2011 Mustang baby!!! I always wanted my first car that I actually bought to be a stang and I did it!!! My best friend Karen passed away monday so I kinda need you to take care of her and watch out for her....I know you are good at that. I miss you everyday but I can sometimes feel you, esp. when I'm going 95 mph!!!! Love and miss u always....<3 Laura
Laura Taylor
November 11, 2011
I can't believe your Birthday has come already this year Chris, and you would have been 29 years old on April 29th. Happy Birthday my love. Brittany and I miss you terribly and pray for you all the time. May Jesus keep you close in paradise. I know you are in heaven enjoying everything you want and deserve. I wonder if you got a high end Mustang...Fully Loaded for your Birthday this year Chris...No I'm sure your driving Ferrari's in Heaven. Love you Babe!
Maria Windhorst
May 21, 2011
Happy Birthday Chris
Love ya,
Melissa Smith-Noreck
April 29, 2011
Miss you and thinking of you! See you in a bit..make sure I don't fall :P

Love ya
Melissa Smith-Noreck
April 26, 2011
Happy Easter , Chris. This year Brittany and cousin Michael will not have to sit at the "KIDS'_CARD TABLE" for Easter dinner. They have graduated to the adult table. You'll be right there with them! We miss you very much..hugs and kisses sent to all we love that are with you. Cousin Maria G.
Maria Gugliuzza
April 21, 2011
Hi Most Handsome Grandson,
Friday I'm heading up to Buffalo for Easter week-end. Your family will be together to celebrate all the wonderful years God allowed us to have you here in the midst of everything - and you really did enjoy those times!
Our rejoicing is bittersweet because we only have our memories of those good times to hold YOU close in our hearts. Never a day goes by that we don't speak out your name and remember how we love you more & more each day.
Enjoy the Easter Celebration with all your fellow saints and Blessed Savior.
Love Grandma Pat,Aunt Rachel,Aunt Donna & family, Aunt Coleen & family and Big Chris
Patricia Falk
April 20, 2011
Hi Sweet Boy,
Aunt Rachel and I came to talk with you this past week-end - it was so muddy and wet so didn't stay too long. We had dinner with your Mom and Brittany on Monday night - I thought Pano's would make us leave - Brit, Rachel and your Mom were laughing so LOUD over some of our past experiences - I'm sure you were enjoying our time we spent together also. We love you and miss having you with us at times like this. Never a day goes by that we don't think of you.
Love Grandma Pat.
Patricia Falk
March 9, 2011
We think of you often, Chris! Aunt maria, Uncle Russ and cousin, Michael
March 5, 2011
Merrrrrrrrrrryyyyyyyyy Christmas!!!! I have some great Christmas pictures of you and Julianne :D I'm so happy to have the memories with you that I do! Muha!!!! Merry Christmas! Love ya
Melissa Smith-Noreck
December 25, 2010
Just wanted to say I'm thinking of you as you already was great to visit with you the other day. Merry Christmas Eve!!!
Love ya
Melissa Smith-Noreck
December 24, 2010
"Hi Grandma, It's Christopher, Just calling to say Hi!" How I wish I could just pick up the phone and hear you say that one more time!! This is a blessed time of the year - The birth of our Lord - and yet there is a tiny spot of sadness that your family must all share and endure - not being able to have you enjoy Christmas with all of us. We do carry you with us always and our love for you grows even stronger. Celebrate with the choirs of angels this beautiful Christmas Day!
Love, Grandma Pat, Rachel, Chris, Aunt Coleen and family, Aunt Donna and family.
December 23, 2010
December 22, 2010
Merry Christmas my Love. I'm in the middle of baking Italian Cookies and picturing you sneaking a few before the frosting is dry. I know you are here. I can feel you near. I'm lighting this candle online to wish you "Merry Christmas". I know you are the lucky one...celebrating with the Holy Family...Jesus...and all of our family that are with you...Big Kisses & Hugs to you, Christopher...My Love!
December 22, 2010
Happy Thanksgiving Chris. The holidays havent been the same since so many of our loved ones are no longer there. but we continue to think about all of you everyday. i love you and miss you so very much. that wonderful smile, and good sense of humor. watch over us please, i know you are with me everywhere i go. i love you forever and always cuz xoxoxox
Ashley Martina
November 25, 2010
Happy Halloween Chris!!!~ forever loved, forever missed. love your cuz,Amy
October 29, 2010
Hi Cuz, This is another attempt to tell you that we miss you. The holidays are not the same without so many of our loved ones gone, sooooo we will do our best here and celebrate as you would want us to....but we want you to know we love you and miss you.
Maria Gugliuzza
October 28, 2010
Hi Cuz, Still think of you often and the holidays are different without so many family members with us. You would want us all to celebrate life and continue on. We do our best, but never forget "those good old days"! Love and miss your beautiful smile! Maria G.
Maria Gugliuzza
October 28, 2010
Hi My Christopher, The Winter Holidays are approaching, remembering you're costumes at Halloween,( i.e. Bad Bart and Gangsta), Thanksgiving Dinner, always had to make sure there were enough leftovers for Christopher, and Christmas, picturing you sitting in the plaid wing back chair watching the pile of gifts pushed toward you and the excitement in your eyes from a baby to a young was always the same. Miss you so much and the holidays are never the same without you...... anymore...Love you, Mom.
Maria Windhorst
October 28, 2010
Hi Chris, We think of you often! Love, your cousins, Russ, Maria and MIchael. P.S. Hey, are your grandpa and my Dad having some fun up there? Like old times. Is my mom making some sauce for the gang up there? (ha) Some day we will all be together again.
August 30, 2010
hey chris, i've been thinkin about u past few weeks and i just wanted to stop by and say hi! can't believe its been 4 years already!! miss ya bud!
Brittney Onuffer
June 15, 2010
Christopher, we were happy to celebrate a special mass on Saturday for you and my mom. We miss you both very much. Life is different without the two of you right by our sides. Do me a favor...give our mom and a kiss from her "kids" for Mother's Day. Always in our thoughts....Love, Cousin Maria
Maria Gugliuzza
May 3, 2010
Happy 28th Birthday Christopher My Beautiful Boy. I know you were at the Memorial with us yesterday 5/1/10. All of our messages on the ballons we let go should have reached you by now. We miss you terribly. No day is the same without you, nor will it ever be. So many people honored your birthday and left memories at the cemetary. It's so nice to see how much you are still loved. Brittany and I Love You So Much. We know you are celebrating with Jesus in paradise. Love you always, Mom.
Maria Windhorst
May 2, 2010
May 2, 2010
Someone very special was born today! YOU!! Happy 28th Birthday, Christopher, Child of our Great King!
Your earthly family and friends will be together on Saturday, May 1 to celebrate your birthday -

Genesis 1:31 - God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.

Love You, Grandma Pat
Patricia Falk
April 29, 2010
Dearest Sweet Grandson, Christopher,
Everyday you are in our thoughts but yesterday, April 26, was a day of great sadness. It was four years ago we said our goodbye's here and our Savior took you into His Kingdom. Your Mom and Aunt Rachel came yesterday to spend time with you. I spent the evening reading the cards that were sent to the family at that time. I had forgotten how much love and comfort was given by so many people four years ago - they realized how much WE all loved YOU. Remembering the fun times we all had together at special occasions when you were a child and then when you were a handsome young man, helps to fill the huge void in our lives.
Know sweet child that we all miss you so much and think of you every day. No words can express the great love we still carry in our hearts for you.
Have a Special Heavenly 28th Birthday- on Thursday, April 29.
Best Love from Grandma Pat, Aunt Rachel, Aunt Coleen and family, Aunt Donna and Family and "Big" Chris (as you used to call him when you were "Little Christopher"
Patricia Falk
April 27, 2010
Thinking of you, as always.
Love you
Melissa Smith
April 26, 2010
Merry Christmas My Christopher. I know you were here for the big family Christmas Party. Matt from Texas came to say "Hello", I know he misses seeing you, like all of us. Dad and I bought you a Christmas Wreath for the Cemetary. He also put up the family Christmas Tree there. I hope it makes you smile when you look down from heaven. I envision the wonderful celebration you and Grandpa are having with Jesus. It's hard without you...we miss you. I'll see you in my dreams. Love Mom and Brittany.
December 29, 2009
Merry Christmas Chris... Miss you!
Kristin McNeill
December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas Christopher and to all Your New Family in Heaven,

We love you and miss having you here to share this special time of the year celebrating Jesus Birthday. We cannot even imagine the Musical Praise to Our Savior and Pray you will be playing your guitar along with the Angels. Know that we carry you in our hearts always.
Your loving Family,
Grandma Pat
Patricia Falk
December 23, 2009
August 26, 2009
Christopher, Buffalo's Favorite Son -and Our Special Family Treasure,

So much is happening - Aunt Rachel is moving back to Buffalo - staying with Brittany for the month of September while her apartment is being finished -the only flaw in this adventure is that you aren't able to hang out with her like old times - for this she is sad but will come and talk with you more often. We have thought how very excited you would be to have shared in this but know that you are probably laughing that anyone would move BACK to Buffalo! We do include you in our thoughts and conversations and know you are listening and with us. We so very much miss the intimate times but keep them close in our hearts.
Love and Miss You, Grandma Pat and Rachel
Patricia Falk
August 26, 2009
Hi My Baby,

I miss you so. I'm just sitting here listening to all the songs you and I listened to when you were little and growing up. How you loved music. It's so sad without you. "I'll see you in my dreams". God Bless and keep you in his care for eternity. I love you.....oh to embrace you again.
July 21, 2009
He truly is in our hearts forever....I still think of him everyday.
Melissa Smith
May 27, 2009
missing you so much chris. love you with all my heart. watch down on us and be with us wherever we go. because you are always with us in our hearts forever! xoxo
Ashley Martina
May 26, 2009
Hey Kiddo,

Ugh can you believe what happened with the balloon today hahaha how funny...I'm sure you still got it ;)
Love you,
Melissa Smith
April 26, 2009
Remembering my Sweet Grandson -
April was one of my favorite months of the year - It was the month you came into the world and brought soooo much joy, laughter and wonderful memories. We all still remember those years spent with you, dear Christopher. There is now a dark shadow in April as you were called Home at this beautiful time of the year - Spring 2006. Our lives will never be quite the same but our love does grow even stronger for you every day. Rachel and I will be in Buffalo to celebrate your birthday this week-end.
Love You and Look Forward to the Day when We will be Together Again -
Grandma Pat and Aunt Rachel
April 22, 2009
Time goes by and your memory is still strong...dreams are so real...then I wake up and its like your still here. Thinking of you kiddo. Stay close
Melissa Smith
April 20, 2009
Thinking of you :)
Melissa Smith
March 9, 2009
i have been thinking about you alot lately. i think because of the holidays. chris you are greatly missed by the family. i hope you had a celebration with god and all of our family that has left us to be with god. tonight at new years eve i kno at midnight you will be playing your guitar rockin out! be with us chris every step of the way for our new year! i love you so much and miss you dearly!
love always,
your cousin xoxo
Ashley Martina
December 31, 2008
Hi Chris!! We all miss you very much and think of you everyday. I know you are near! Merry Christmas!
love you!
Kristin McNeill
December 26, 2008
Hello my sweet Grandson, Christopher,
Christmas is just a few days away and my heart is always so sad at this time of the year. You loved the family get-togethers and especially the wonderful meals your Mom always made knowing you would love every bite. I'm sure you are playing your guitar and giving much praise to our Savior in celebration of His Birthday.
We love you more everyday and miss you even more. Know that you are in our thoughts ALL year long.
Love Always, Grandma Pat
Patricia Falk
December 23, 2008
Merry Christmas Chris...With all the snow we just got I was remembering how we were all "trapped" at the apartment...that was so much fun and I was just thinking the other day of how Christmas' were for you and Julianne...and for some reason the one coat keeps standing out. ;) I hope you have a great Christmas! Love ya,
Melissa Smith-Noreck
December 23, 2008
Merry Christmas Christopher. We love you and miss you. I know you were with us last night at the family dinner. Be with us everyday. I love you Mom.
Maria Windhorst
December 22, 2008
Just saying hello... I have been Missing you, thinking of you...wishing we had a bit more time with you. Stay close
Love ya,
Melissa Smith
September 27, 2008
To my precious boy,
I waited a little while to enter 26th B-Day wishes for you. We celebrated with you, here on earth. April 29, 2008, it's hard to believe 26 years have gone by. How I wish I could hold you for 26 more. Hard as it is my heart is comforted in the fact that I believe you are with our Sweet Lord Jesus, and the celebration you are having in heaven to much more grand than anything we could have given you here on earth. I know you see all the balloons, and gifts that people have left at your grave. You're a Celebrity to everyone who knows you. Enjoy them for every moment now belongs to you. You deserve every honor, every kind word, every memory, and every prayer. Happy Birthday my sweet love, child of my goals and dreams, you were always greater than I and I know that's why your happy in heaven. I'll see you in my Dreams. Keep coming to me Christopher. I cherish every message. Stay close to everyone in our family and watch out for Brittany, she misses you so.
Love you, as you are my life,
Maria Windhorst
May 8, 2008
Hi again Christopher,
Today is National Prayer Day and I wanted to send special prayers to you, my handsome "first-born" grandchild.
Two years ago today was a very dark, sad day. Your earthly family was saying good-bye, but we knew your heavenly family was going to welcome you with open arms.
God Bless You our precious Christopher. We all pray you are enjoying this new life we all hope someday to share with you.
Love You So Much,
Grandma Pat
Patricia Falk
May 1, 2008
Hi Sweet Grandson,
You might think Grandma Pat has lost her grip on life - two messages on your birthday yesterday - Not so - You are so computer savvie and me, well really don't know what I'm doing - BUT- the first message was not appearing after several hours so I thought I GOOFED! So I sent another as best as I could remember - and Lo and Behold - 2 birthday messages - My sweet Boy, my heart was so full of Love for you I could have sent 100 messages to you and still not have said enough.
Hope I brought a smile and laugh to you as your birthday was being celebrated in Heaven!
You are always in my heart,
Love Grandma Pat
Patricia Falk
April 30, 2008
Hi Christopher - Happy 26th Birthday Beautiful Child of Ours,
April 29, 1982 was a day filled with so much happiness when you came into this world - a gift from God to so many people.
We have had so many precious memories of past birthdays and still you fill our hearts with love in the midst of so much sadness.
Aunt Rachel flew in from Baltimore to spend time together in celebration of your 26th birthday. Rachel and Brittany have really bonded - I believe they are trying to fill that large void that was left in their hearts when you left us but only a small part can be filled. I hope you were near and enjoyed our releasing the balloons with special messages on them for "our Special You". You always had so much fun on your birthday - your Mom made way too much food which you so loved and then the cake - your smile just lit up the room when we sang "Happy Birthday". Thanks for sooo many happy times and special memories, Sweet Child of Ours. We think of you every day and send much love to you in our thoughts and prayers. Until the day when we "hug" once again in the presence of our Lord, LOVE TO YOU FROM YOUR FAMILY and FRIENDS
Grandma Pat Falk
April 29, 2008
Happy 26th Birthday,my beautiful nephew!

Today is a celebration of your life and all the wonderful memories I carry in my heart and soul everyday.
I am grateful for all the years we shared and the special bond we had together.

Rock on, Christopher!

I love and miss you always!
Until we see each other again...

Peace and Love,

Aunt Rach xoxo
Rachel Falk
April 29, 2008
Hi Sweet Grandson, Christopher,
Today, April 29, was the best day of the year 1982- you arrived - a wonderful gift from God - and filled our lives with soooo much happiness!! In my heart I feel the Good Lord had greater plans for you in His much desired Paradise and took you back 2 years ago. We are still trying to fill that void but our love for you grows stronger every day. This, being your 26th birthday, is so very hard to celebrate as we did for many years. There was so much laughter and all that good food you so loved to "dig" into - and especially the cake!
Aunt Rachel flew into Buffalo last week-end so we could all go to your place here and remember you as you are in our hearts and minds. Brittany and Aunt Rachel have really bonded - it's really good for both of them - fills a small portion of the big void that was left 2 years ago. Hope you were near and enjoyed our releasing the balloons with special messages on them for "Our Special You". We will never be the same nor will Buffalo be the same without your tender ways and brilliant smile.
Thank you, sweet child of ours, for all the treasured memories.
Until we walk together again, I know you are happy being with The Lord.
Your Loving Family ( and Many Friends)
We love you and miss you.
Grandma Pat Falk
April 29, 2008
This is part of a forward that I recieved...but I thought that it was nice...
People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.
When you know which one it is, you will know what to do for that person..

When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed.
They have come to assist you through a difficulty, to provide you with guidance and support,
to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend and they are.
They are there for the reason you need them to be.
Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time,
this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end.
Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away.
Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand.
What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled, their work is done.
The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on.

Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn.
They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh.
They may teach you something you have never done.
They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy.
Believe it, it is real. But only for a season.

LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons,
things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation.
Your job is to accept the lesson,
love the person and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life.
It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant.

Thank you for being a part of my life,
whether you were a reason, a season or a lifetime.

~ Thinking of you as always...Miss you
Melissa Smith
April 24, 2008
Hi Christoper, it's Grandma, just calling to say Hi- Remember that was always the message you left when you called me and couldn't reach me at home -"Hi, Grandma, it's Christopher-just calling to say Hi". How I wish I could hear your sweet voice once more. We all cherish those Happy Times, Your "Brilliant" Smile and the Anticipated, Wonderful Hugs. You were never "stingy" giving us hugs. How very precious was the time spent with you. Only God knows how much we all love and miss you.
Aunt Rachel and I are coming to Buffalo on Friday, April 25 to celebrate your beautiful life and all be together for your 26th Birthday. Help us blow out the candles and make a wish - so we can feel you near us. I never heard you play your guitar, so when we walk together again, I'm expecting to hear some great rock n' roll - as your friends would say "Stay Cool". Love You So Much - Precious Grandson, Grandma Pat
Patricia Falk
April 23, 2008
Hey Kiddo,
Everyday you are in my thoughts.I miss you like crazy....Wow April is tough!Thank you for your help with everything ;)
Love ya,
Melissa Smith
April 19, 2008
Hi Christopher,

Happy Easter. I love you and think about you everyday. Easter was the last holiday you spent with us. Still trying to decide the meaning of why you were taken from us? We are nearing what would be your 26th Birthday, on April 29, 2008. You died on April 26th, 2006, 3 days before your 24th Birthday. These days are always very hard for us, but not any harder than every moment without you. Happy Easter my love. May God, Jesus, and the Holy Family be holding you in their arms and care. May you be enjoying eternal life with them and waiting for all of us to join you when ours lives are done on this earth. My heart is with you always. You and Brittany are the loves of my life. Be with us if you can.
I love you, Mom.
Maria Windhorst
March 26, 2008
Just wanted to let you and your family know that I have been thinking about you all a lot lately, not sure why all the sudden, maybe cause of the holiday, I don't know, but Happy Holidays to all of Chris' family and to you too baby...<3
Laura Taylor
December 20, 2007
happy thanksgiving cous
missing you more than ever! love u with all my heart
Ashley Martina
November 22, 2007
Missing you as always............
Melissa Smith
August 5, 2007
Maria Windhorst
May 20, 2007
I know this is late, but Happy 25th Birthday my love. It took me a little bit after visiting the cemetary on your birthday, to put my thoughts together and enter them here. 25 years, wow. Where has the time gone? I know your here with me Christopher, I feel your presence everyday. That's the only thing that keeps us going. April 29th is always your Birthday and we are always together. May God have blessed you with a wonderful celebration. I'm here Chris, reach out if you need to. I love you Mom.
Maria Windhorst
May 20, 2007
i had a dream about you last night for the first time and it was amazing! ive been thinking about you alot lately and i miss you very much! i hope u are doing well up there in heaven...please keep looking down over the family! i love you forever in my heart x0xo
Ashley Martina
March 5, 2007
Hey Chris. We all miss you at all of Greg's bonfire's. My sister and I were just thinking about you. I was at Jeff's the other night and we were looking through some pictures, and talking about how much we missed you and how much we missed hanging out with you. Hope you're looking down on all of us. We miss you and we will see you at the pearly gates of heaven.
Love, Nikki & Megan Plachta
Nikki Plachta
January 19, 2007
Merry Christmas my love. Christmas was your favorite holiday and will never be the same to me without you. I can still see you last Christmas sitting in our great room in the green plaid wing back chair to the right of the Christmas Tree, smiling and enjoying the gifts you were given. That big smile and handsome face. The only gift I will ever want for Christmas is "You". Missing you more than you will ever know, every moment of every hour, every day. I hope your enjoying the Christmas Trees Dad and I put at the cemetary. I keep watching the videos we have of you to keep you with me. You're always a part of me and I believe you are here with me, I feel your presence. I love you to eternity and back. Stay with me Chris,and save a place for me. All my love and a big hug and kiss, Mom.
Maria Windhorst
December 30, 2006
Thinking of you, always.

Melissa Smith-Noreck
October 25, 2006
Chris someone told me the other day how highly you were talking about me and how you missed me!!i am sooo sorry about what happened between us but i want you to know how much i miss you!!its suppose to get easier but its getting harder.I asked my dad to watch over you!I LOVE YOU SWEETIE
September 28, 2006
Still not any easier. Miss you.
Melissa Smith-Noreck
September 26, 2006

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August 31, 2006
hey babe, i havent wrote to you in awhile but im thinking about you all of the time! i miss all the advice you gave to me, all the times you made me laugh i miss everything about you! Whenever i was down and feeling blue..along you would come and say everything in ur power to make me feel better! i was just thinking about a couple days before you passeed away, u called me up and u told me to come walk on over to ur house. i came over and you showed me the new guitar u had got, you were so happy and the smile on your face was more than just a kodak moment, it was amasing!! since you moved in next door to us, i have so many memories and so many good times that we shared that i will remember and keep in my hair for the rest of my life! the holidays are never gonna be the same without you and its gonna be very hard! but the thought of u chris is what makes my day get better, whenever i'm feeling down, i still talk to you, i still ask you for advice and i know that u help me becuase my problems go away! someone had made u a myspace, it is really cute chris, so many people care about u and love you! i couldnt of asked for a better cousin you had all the qualities to make you an amasing person!! i will never ever forget about anything we have been through and i will always love you!!! keep on smiling down on the family and all your friends!! you give us strength each and everyday! it hurts like hell that you are gone and i'm waiting for the day that we will be together again!

with love;
Ashley xoxoxoxoxo
Ashley Martina
August 29, 2006
If tears could build a stairway up memory lane...I'd walk right up to heaven and bring you home again.
August 19, 2006
Hey Kiddo,
I just finished reading a book to the boys and haven't stopped crying. It’s funny I'm reading a children’s book and sobbing....It's called why do you love me. The story is about the boy wondering why the mother loves him and he questions her at one point if she loves the wrong that he did. The mother replies, "I was very angry. I did not love the yelling, or the hitting or cleaning off crayon marks. But I still loved you" He asks "how come" the mother replied "Because, the love in my heart is like the sun in the sky. It is always there, even if you can't see it." The boy replied "Like on a cloudy day?" The mother replied "Exactly. When we are angry or sad, it is like a cloudy day and the things seem gloomy. But we know the sun is still there and-it will shine again." The thing is Chris that when I was being harsh to you about the things that were going on it was because I love you and only wanted the best.......I thought this was just a gloomy time and that you would see how things were really getting bad if I was tougher on you. I never for one second didn't love you. I never for one second thought the sun some day wouldn't shine for you again. On December 10th Juli and I stood outside in the freezing cold for and hour to visit with you for just a little while. I would stand outside in the freezing cold for a million hours to have a few moments with you again. Love you kiddo!
All my love,
(If anyone wants to check out the book it's by Dr. Laura Schlessinger)
Melissa Smith-Noreck
August 18, 2006
never really got to know you that well...but the times at Jim's house were so much fun with the pizza, talking, and laughing, just such a great time..never a dull moment!! i love and miss you'll never be forgotten. And there's not a day that i dont think about you! i love and miss you a lot!
Stephanie Etherington
August 18, 2006
Ive been coming to see you at least one day every week, and last week Mark and I came but it was pretty late and we couldnt find ya, but i sit there and talk to you and cry to you about everything that is going on, because you were like my problem fixer.I love you and miss you so much
August 16, 2006
As time passes the heart heals more and more each day, but the memories are clearer than ever. i wear all the clothes especially all thoes pajama pants that you gave me all the time. I am glad that I have my own way of remembering you. I will never forget you baby. I will never forget the "fashion show" at our apartment!! Absence makes the heart grow fonder and I love you more and more as times goes by...till we meet again..."i can't see you".....<3
July 31, 2006
Hey Kiddo,
I hope you have been getting all of the balloons we have been sending to you :) I'm sure you are laughing at the one I let go tonight tee hee hee. You better be saving all of them because next time we meet, I will be checking! You remain in all of our thoughts just about every second. Still miss you like crazy. I laugh to myself sometimes thinking of you and my grandpa "up there" working on random things together.(and annoying my grandma) Please give us all the strength you can, we need it. Love you.
Melissa Smith-Noreck
July 26, 2006
It's been a while, everyday i miss you more, i thought it is suppose to get easier but it doesn't it gets harder. I wish you could see how big Ashton is, the other he was playing his guitar and it broke my heart knowing you and him did that together! Everyday you are in my thoughts and prayers. I will never forget you!
Justine Andrzejewski
July 25, 2006
well chris my birthday was 6 days ago and all i could thing about was how you throw me a party at your house last year!!I NEVER forget that night all of us had so much fun!!Not one day goes by that i don't think about you!!I want to to always know that!!Mark and i are also making a page in you memory!!NEVER forget how much ever one loves you!!Love Always *Jamie*
P.S~anyone with pictures please send them to my email.we need them for chris webpage that we are making in his memory!~
Jamie Amatura
July 21, 2006
Yo Chris whats poppin? Hope all is well up there. I'm sure it is. Can you see what you do for the Bills this season. They may need a Heavenly presence.
chris connelly
July 19, 2006