Tina Wertz
1947 - 2021
BORN
1947
DIED
2021
Tina Wertz
Dec 6, 1947 - July 11, 2021
Constantina "Tina" (Chriss) Wertz, a loving matriarch and devoted friend to many, died peacefully at home on Sunday, July 11, 2021, with her beloved husband Robert "Bob" Wertz by her side. She was 73 years old.

She was born to Rubini Kolliopoulou and Strato Chriss in San Francisco, CA on December 6, 1947. A lifelong resident of the Sunset District in San Francisco, Tina grew up in a loving family within a vibrant and close-knit Greek community. She attended Lawton Elementary School, A.P. Giannini Middle School and Mercy High School. With a passion for education, she earned both her bachelor's degree in Sociology and teaching credential from the University of San Francisco. While in college, she worked as a counselor at the San Francisco Juvenile Hall where she met the future love of her life, Bob Wertz, who was working as a probation officer. Legend has it that their second date was postponed because Bob was taking his little sister, Alice, on a trip to Disneyland. Tina was smitten with his devotion and love for family and has been ever since. Bob proposed to Tina on Christmas Eve 1972 in front of his parent's house before Christmas dinner. They were married less than a year later on July 21, 1973. Shortly after, they moved into their home on 24th Avenue in the Sunset District which they lovingly restored over many years and where they raised two children, Stephanie (born in 1976) and Kristina (born in 1979).

Tina took great pride in her home, and together with Bob, they created a warm and welcoming gathering place that served as a home and respite for many. She was an extraordinary hostess, throwing meticulously planned parties for family and friends. Her openness, warmth and ability to connect were immediate. Tina faithfully maintained friendships and relished bringing people together, fostering connection and unity in her large family. She even gathered regularly with her friends from kindergarten for over 65 years. Hardly a day went by when she wasn't seeing friends and family or checking in on the phone or hand writing notes to them. She was a true socialite with boundless energy, filling her days with projects, activities, and loved ones.

Tina was a devoted educator. She worked for decades as an elementary school teacher and tutor. She was also an avid piano player and jogger, participating in the Bay to Breakers over the years. One of her great joys was travelling the world, including journeying to Greece many times to visit family. On a trip to Vietnam, she and Bob befriended Vân who later joined their home in San Francisco and became their "third daughter."

Determined to survive and thrive, Tina will be remembered as a tireless fighter. Despite being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, she continued living her life to the fullest, supported by Bob's loving care. Nothing could slow her down. She loved her husband dearly and felt blessed to be a part of his big loving family. She loved the sun and enjoyed escaping the foggy Sunset to garden and sunbathe in their second home in Sonoma. She also loved Christmas; annually transforming her home with ornate decorations and gathering friends to celebrate with her. Tina was full of pride and determination. Her perseverance was admired by all who knew her.

She is survived by her husband, Bob Wertz whom she affectionately called "Bobbymou", her three daughters: Stephanie Fletcher and son-in-law Ryan of San Francisco, Kristina Wertz and daughter-in-law Kara Desiderio of Taghkanic, NY, and Vân Pham Sinkinson and son-in-law Jeremy of San Francisco. She also leaves behind her two grandchildren whom she loved with her whole heart, Olympia Ruby and Emilio Robert, as well as her brother Christo Chriss and his son Alex Chriss, her cousin and best friend, Pete Stephens, and many other loving friends, in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews who will always remember her dearly as Aunt Tina.

There will be a Trisagion Service (Greek Orthodox wake) at 11am on Friday, July 16th at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco, followed by a luncheon in the church hall.Those wishing to make a memorial donation can contribute to the St. Anthony Foundation of San Francisco or the Building Fund at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in San Francisco.
Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jul. 12 to Jul. 13, 2021.
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Melinda Mills
August 13, 2021
We are in shock and heartbroken. We will remember her sense of humor and beautiful soul. We think of Tina as one of the most amazing women we will ever be blessed to have known.
Barbara and Norman
Friend
August 3, 2021
Cyndy, Zach, and Mary
July 15, 2021
My heart is hurting at the loss of a lifelong, beautiful friend and godmother to my son, Nicholaus. My deepest sympathy go out to you, Bob, her soulmate for 47 + years and to Stephanie, Kristina, Van and families. Tina will always be remembered and cherished as will the memories we shared over the years: from our HS days to our family times together, especially our vacation in Tahoe when the kids where little to our more recent time together at the Mission San Juan Capistrano. Rest In Peace my friend.
Luisa Fuller
Friend
July 15, 2021
Ben & Nick Parmer & Luísa F.
July 15, 2021
Tina was a positive presence in so many lives. Our heartfelt condolences Bob to you and your family.
Barry & Annie Biderman
Friend
July 15, 2021
Dearest Bob, Stephanie, Kristina and your loving families, My heart is aching for the loss of your beloved wife, mother, grandmother, godmother and my dear friend, Tina. She was so devoted to all of you and to all of her friends. I will forever carry her in my heart and treasure all the precious memories we have shared since Mercy Hugh School days. Please know that you are all in my prayers and thoughts as you go through this difficult time. Sending my love and condolences.
Luísa Fuller
Friend
July 14, 2021
Though we didn't get together very often I have valued our friendship over the years. All my love to your family.
Kathie (Hunt) Mucklin
School
July 14, 2021
Hi Bob - I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences to you and your family
Robert Philkill
Other
July 13, 2021
Dearest Bob and Family, My deepest condolences. Tina was a long-time volunteer with the City & County of San Francisco, as a Deputy Marriage Commissioner. she presented herself graciously and most of all her kindness. You will be missed. Rest in Peace Tina.
Maribel Jaldon
Work
July 13, 2021
A beautiful person both within and without. Tina´s legacy will be forever Bob and their daughters. Part of us also exits our being as Tina departs our physical presence. She will always be remembered by all who were fortunate to meet and know her. God rest her soul and bring comfort to all her family. Peter, Colleen, Marty and Anne Fatooh
Peter and Colleen Fatooh
Friend
July 13, 2021
Thinking of you all and sending my deepest condolences. May Tina´s beautiful and wonderful life be cherished forever.
Allison
July 13, 2021
Tina was one of my students at Mercy High School. She was an enthusiastic and creative student. And those traits were always present whenever we met at any Mercy '66 gatherings. She was loved and will be missed by all who were blessed to know her.
Marilynne Homitz
July 13, 2021
To the entire family I did not know Tina personally but i have heard such wonderful stories about her that i wanted to offer my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time. Peace be with you......linda
Linda faun sherman
Family
July 13, 2021
My heart is broken over this. I am so very sorry for your loss and my prayers are being sent to the entire Wertz family.
Lisa Martinelli
Work
July 13, 2021
Tina lives in a special place in my memory bank. She and family were GREAT friends and support to my daughter, Shahnaz (Capan) Sahnow throughout HS years when Stephanie became Shahnaz´s best friend forever. I send love, hope, light, and condolences for the missing of Tina´s physical presence in the family. She certainly has touched MANY lives and will live on in those hearts. I´m really glad Shahnaz can be there for the Memorial Celebrations for Tina! Love, Ginie Capan
Ginie Capan
Friend
July 13, 2021
I am so sorry to hear of this loss of Tina. We loved her dearly and saw her many times over the years in SF as well as Sonoma. We send our love to the family. From Nancy Dito and the Mercy class of `66
Nancy Dito
Friend
July 13, 2021
Bob, Stephanie, and Kristina...... I am sad and shocked.Tina was the best!!! The last time we met for lunch was towards the end of 2019....Tina, Bobbie Lee and me....at Nordstrom's Cafe.....We met every once in a while over the years. What a dear person and....even with major health issues....so very happy and content. My love to each of you. She will never be forgotten....Love, Annette
Annette Schubert
July 13, 2021
To the Chriss, Wertz and Stephens families - I´m so sorry for your great loss. I also want to thank you for the tremendous contributions you made to Tina´s amazing life. I am so grateful to have known Tina. She was such a fun-loving, strong, beautiful, and all around awesome person! I will miss her deeply. I loved her down to earth personality and I will never ever forget our trip to Greece! What wonderful memories! We will never forget her. To Bob - Thank you for taking such good care of her. You are a great husband and always did right by her. Your love and devotion inspires us all! Tina is in peace and leaves behind a great legacy.
Victoria Carradero, the Carradero and Stephens Family
Family
July 13, 2021
I am so totally saddened and heartbroken to hear of Tina´s passing. I had not been apprised of the ailments that had unfortunately affected her life. She was a wonderful woman, and I send my deepest sympathies to Bob and her entire family.
Harry Young
Friend
July 12, 2021
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