Christine Greenberger died gently at home with family nearby on Tuesday, August 24rd, 2021. Born February 1952 in South Bend, Indiana, Christine's family moved to Camden, Maine, when she was two. In 1962 they moved to Fairfield, California.
Chris moved to Tuolumne County to attend Columbia College. In 1974 she graduated from Cal-State, Stanislaus. During those years, she worked for both Columbia College and Tuolumne County Libraries, sparking a career in library work.
Chris loved music. Sam Greenberger, an old-time fiddle player from L.A., came to Columbia to play music with Fiddlestix. After marrying, they moved to Venice Beach.The Greenberger family visited Tuolumne County often for friends and music.
In 1987 Chris received her Master's Degree in Library Science from UCLA. She was a children's librarian for Santa Monica Library and LA Libraries. In 2004 Tuolumne County chose her as Senior Librarian for Youth Services, bringing her home to Sonora.
Chris worked with Sonora Sunrise Rotary Club on a major library renovation, which included the famous Library Mural by artist Tracy Knopf. Retired head librarian Connie Corcoran remembers, "Chris guided staff on how to best serve the public. She loved engaging young people to help them fall in love with books. She was a delight."
When Chris was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, she contacted UCSF's oncology department. While continuing to work at the library, Chris participated in several research studies with Dr. Tom Martin, a world expert in MM and hematology-oncology. With inimitable courage, Chris became one of the world's longest surviving MM research subjects. Dr. Martin wrote, "Always a willing participant, Chris contributed to myeloma research. What we've learned from her is helping many others. We'll miss her beautiful smile, friendly and caring nature.." Everyday Chris stood with grace, laughter, and admirable strength.
Beloved sister, wife, and mother, Chris cooked, gardened with California Native plants, read with AAUW, and hand-stitched quilts. For 30 years she joined other Santa Monica librarians for regular quilting retreats that moved onto ZOOM with COVID. Still music remained a life-long love.
Donations to "California Native Plants Society" are appreciated: https://www.cnps.org/give.
Preceding in death are sister Carol Cottier, mother Betty Sklar, stepfather Simon Sklar, father Norman Cottier. Remembering Chris are husband Sam, sons David and Thomas, sister Anya Brooks(Ian), brother Louis Sklar, nephew James Cottier, cousins, friends and cat Halo. A music-filled memorial is planned for Spring.
Published by Sonora Union Democrat from Sep. 17 to Sep. 18, 2021.