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Christine Stoker "Chris" Porter
New Comer Cremations & Funerals - Colonie (Albany)
343 New Karner Rd
Colonie, NY
Porter, Christine "Chris" Stoker DELMAR Christine "Chris" Stoker Porter, age 54, of Delmar, entered into eternal life on November 12, 2017, surrounded by the love of family and friends. Born on November 3, 1963, in Brookhaven, N.Y., Chris was raised in Delmar and graduated from Bethlehem Central Schools in 1981. She is the daughter of Warren and Arlene Howard Stoker; sister of Howard Stoker; and mother of Rachel and Benjamin Porter. Chris pursued her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher by first earning a B.S. in elementary education from SUNY Plattsburg and then a M.S. in education from Indiana University in Bloomington. She returned to Delmar to raise her children and built her twenty-year career teaching fifth grade at Glenmont and Eagle Elementary. Colleagues, former students and parents remember her as a tireless advocate and devoted mentor to children of all abilities and talents. She believed "one good year" of school could change the trajectory of a child's life for the better and she took this responsibility seriously, from the time her students walked in her door, to the moment she showered them with confetti as they left. To know Chris Porter is to feel appreciated for your worth. She paid attention to details and she stopped to listen. Brain cancer mercilessly interrupted her life in July, 2017, and she chose to keep living, greeting each day with resilience, strength and positivity. Calling hours will be held at New Comer Cremations & Funerals, 343 New Karner Road, Colonie, on Thursday, November 16, from 4-8 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held on Saturday, November 25, at 11 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church in Delmar. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Bethlehem Music Association or the International Rescue Committee. To leave a special message for the family, please visit

Published by Albany Times Union on Nov. 15, 2017.
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Sending my deepest sympathies to the Stoker and Porter families. I'm so very sorry for your loss. Sending you love and light during this difficult time.
Elizabeth Buyer McManus
November 18, 2017
Dear Porter Family,

My daughter Ariel, was a student of Mrs. Porter. My daughter is now 17 - a senior at the high school. Mrs. Porter was a wonderful teacher and very good to my daughter. She was understanding and very sweet. She made a difference in my daughter's life. My condolences for your loss. I pray for peace and healing, grace and mercy upon your family. Take care.
Lori (McBride) Glavin
November 17, 2017
So sorry for your loss. My son Daniel had Mrs. Porter for 5th grade at Eagle. What a wonderful teacher. Daniel enjoyed being a part of her class. She will be missed.
- The Commisso's
November 16, 2017
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
November 16, 2017
The Beauregard family have you all in our prayers with greatest sympathy.
Patrick Beauregard
November 16, 2017
Ben and the entire Porter family,

We were so sad to hear of Christine's passing. She was such a great lady. May your wonderful memories of her help bring happiness in your lives.
Tracey and Bob Marshman
November 16, 2017
Both of my daughters had Mrs. Porter at Glenmont. My wife, my daughters and I all loved her. She was a natural teacher with the great gift of warmth, and we are all better for having had her in our lives.
Kevin Champagne
November 15, 2017
With deepest sympathy
Swiader Family
November 15, 2017
Mrs.Porter was a wonderful 5th grade teacher and I miss her very much she has left a mark on my life and I would not ask for a close teacher like her! She will be missed. I love her. She has impacted my life. I can't thank her enough. There is nothing more to see her happy teaching sending prayers to her family
Alicia Harman
November 15, 2017
My deepest sympathy and sincere condolences on the loss of your beautiful daughter, Christine.
Jane Bonavita
November 15, 2017
My heart is broken by the news of Christine's passing. It was my privilege to observe her growth from a bubbly 10 yr. old into the beautiful woman and talented teacher that she was. My thoughts and prayers for comfort and peace go out to Warren, Arlene, Howard, Rachel and Ben.
Cathy Seaman Quackenbush
November 15, 2017
Be, Rachael, Warren & Arlene, and Howard,
May she rest in the peace she has earned. Our hearts are with you...
Terry, Tricia & Christopher Blakesley
November 15, 2017
A great loss to education and the community. Chris will be missed.
Clifford Tansey
November 15, 2017
I am so sorry to learn of Christine's passing. You are all in my prayers. May God comfort you.
Janet Johansson
November 15, 2017
I was so sorry to learn of Chris's passing. I knew her from Hamagrael and she was always so positive and already to lend a hand. Please know my thoughts are with the entire family.
Lisa Finkle
November 15, 2017
Mrs. Porter was a great teacher. The Golonka family will miss her dearly!
Michelle Golonka
November 15, 2017
Mrs. Porter has been one of my favorite teachers. I am very sorry to hear that she passed. I wish she could have spent more time with her friends and family.
Matthew Golonka
November 15, 2017
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