Beryl Christoph
Beryl Doris (Mason) Christoph, 83, died peacefully July 16, 2012 at her daughter's house in Sterling, Massachusetts, with family at her side. She was born October 17, 1928 in Apex, New York, in the shadow of the Catskills, to Jesse and Mae (Utter) Mason. Her father, a switch man on the railroad, moved his family to South Lancaster in 1936, so his children could attend Christian schools. Beryl graduated from South Lancaster Academy (SLA) in 1947. To pursue her interest in nursing, Beryl enrolled at the New England Sanitarium and studied at Atlantic Union College (AUC) where she met, and later married (1952) Eugene "Pete" Christoph. She put her nursing skills to use at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas where her husband was stationed. In 1956 they were invited by their church to serve at the Seventh-day-Adventist (SDA) Secondary School in Ihie, Nigeria, and later at the SDA Secondary School in Bekwai, Ghana. Beryl always put others first wherever she went. Six years of selfless devotion to the needs of others in the mission field did come to an end, but for the rest of her life she never stopped reaching out to help others. Resettling in Lancaster, Beryl continued nursing, and raised her children. For over 50 years she was an active member of the AUC SDA church where she provided many floral arrangements and sang in the choir. Beryl served as home and school leader at SLA, co-founded the SLA Alumni Association and later served as its President. One year she received the special honor of being chosen as SLA Alumnus of the Year. In her later years she developed her talents in painting, and enjoyed art classes at the AUC Art Department. She was a published author of 3 books, notably, Talking Drums. Beryl loved her family and spending time with them and all of her many cherished grandchildren. Beryl loved to write little ditties and poems, and to recite limericks and jingles to entertain her family, many of which were passed down to her by her own father. She is survived by her husband of 59 years, her children, Dr. Cynthia Christoph and husband Dr. James Greve of Miami, Florida, Bonnie Koval and husband Paul of Ashby, MA, Roy Christoph of Nampa, ID, Peter Christoph and wife Kathy of South Lancaster, MA., nine grand children, brothers, Jim Mason of West Paris, ME, Earl Mason of Bryant Pond, ME, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Memorial gifts may be made in her name to help support the SDA mission school in Bekwai, Ghana: Beryl Christoph Memorial Fund, Southern New England Conference, 34 Sawyer Street, P.O. Box 1169, South Lancaster, MA 01561-1169. A memorial service will be at the AUC SDA church in Lancaster, MA on August 25 at 3:00 p.m.

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Published by The Times & Courier - Clinton from Jul. 20 to Jul. 27, 2012.
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Dear Christoph family, I am truly sorry for your loss, and the loss of my newest family friend. Beryl was truly a gift to me, helping me to find my family roots and to appreciate our family heritage. I will remember her always in my quest to understand my being. It was a blessing to have known her.
Theresa Russell, Emmitsburg Maryland
Theresa Russell
August 17, 2012
Our dearest Pete and Christoph Family,

We miss Beryl very much and take some comfort in seeing so much of her influence and heredity in all of you. We are honored to be able to join you in taking up on some of the charges she left us to be of service to others through her encouragement and example. So on we go!
Blessings and love,

The Hazen Family: Wayne, Maria, Xavier, Harper and Theodore
Wayne & Maria Hazen
August 7, 2012
Dear Friends,

We are saddened at your loss. Your mom was such a wonderful person. We look forward with you to the Resurrection Day!
Dave & Loralee Thomas
July 30, 2012
Dear Pete,Cynthia, Bonnie, Roy, and Peter, and all of the grandchildren,

Such a loss, not only to each of you, but to so many others--relatives, friends, and acquaintances, all of whom remember Beryl with love and appreciation, along with the privilege of knowing her through the years. There was not a selfish or mean thought in her head, but forgiveness for all in her heart. She never did take thought for her well-being if it interfered with her taking care of others.

She will be remembered and missed!

Sis and Dale/Aunt Sis and Uncle Dale
July 23, 2012