Helen M. Christich, 92, of Granite City, Illinois passed away at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Fountainview Manor Memory Care in Granite City.
She was born October 2, 1925 in Granite City, a daughter of the late Dimitri and Andronika (Tanoff) Eftimoff.
She married Konstanty “Gus” Christich on October 19, 1952 in Flint, Michigan and he passed away on May 30, 1997.
She retired from the Metro East Sanitary District after over 25 years of dedicated service as a clerk and had previously worked at Commonwealth Steel for several years.
Along with her husband, they owned The Whistle Stop and Kristie’s Restaurant. She was a dedicated and faithful member of Sts. Cyril & Methody Eastern Orthodox Church in Granite City where she had served as a Sunday school teacher, member of the choir, past board member and proud to be one of the original Bakerettes. She enjoyed attending H.O.P.E. widow’s luncheons and had also been a member of the B.P.W. and Job’s Daughters. Helen enjoyed her years of traveling, baking and following the lives of her two grandchildren.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kristina and Paul Batsios of Granite City and two sons, Greg Christich and Michael Christich, both of Granite City; two grandchildren, Alexandra Batsios of New Jersey and Thomas Batsios of Maryland; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to her beloved husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Vasil and Anita Eftimoff and a sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Glen Beck.
In celebration of her life, visitation will be at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. with a Panikhida Service at 7:00 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at Sts. Cyril & Methody Eastern Orthodox Church, 4770 Maryville Road in Granite City on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. with Father Andrew Moulton officiating.
Entombment will follow in the mausoleum at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon.
In lieu of floral tributes, memorials may be made to Sts. Cyril & Methody Church memorial fund and may be accepted at the funeral home or church.
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