Christine Elizabeth Gerich

January 08, 1940 ‒ March 21, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

Christine E. Gerich passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in her Shelby home surrounded by her family. She was 77.

She was born January 8, 1940 to parents Philip & Annis (Wandle) Reiter in Mansfield. Christine graduated from Mansfield Senior High School with the class of 1958, and married her high school sweetheart, Frank Gerich, shortly after graduation on July 5, 1958.

Christine was an avid horse and dog lover. Her and her husband got into the thoroughbred racehorse business in the 1970’s. Upon retirement of the racehorse business she then channeled her passions to the dogs (canines) while teaching obedience and rally classes.

Christine served as President and Vice-President for the Richland County Kennel Club for several years where she led the Pound Puppy Program for the inmates at RICI. Under Christine’s training her Greyhound, Montey, was a certified therapy dog and was the first in Ohio and the 8th in the US to win his rally obedience title. Her Doberman Pinscher, Feist, was placed in the top ten in confirmation and received a register of Merit and Award of Merit.

In her spare time she enjoyed painting portraits of her animals and custom fabric painting. She attended Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband Frank Gerich; daughter Laura (David) Vance; grandchildren Tiffiny (Chris) Smith, Kyle Owens, and Justin (Kim) Gerich; great-grandchildren Leyna Gerich and Mason Gerich; sister Shirley Beck; and her beloved pet Greyhound Lee

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Bradley Gerich.

The Gerich family will receive friends on Friday, March 24, 2017 from 4-7 p.m. at the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home Finefrock Chapel, where her funeral service will take place on Saturday at 11 a.m. Pastor Ron Puff will officiate with burial to follow in Lexington Cemetery.

For contributions in her memory, make checks payable to the North Coast Greyhound Connection and bring or send to the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Christine’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at

  • So sorry to hear of Chris’s passing. She will be missed by all of us at Richland County Kennel club.

  • We want to express our sympathy and let you know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • The world just lost a lovely woman. When Chris became your friend, she remained you steadfast friend forever. She loved true, and well.
    Goodbye dear Chris, till we meet in heaven.


  • I’m going to miss Chris. She was a sweet lady & I really enjoyed talking about horses and dogs with her. She will be missed at our church. I pray she is happily surrounded by her beloved pets beyond the Rainbow Bridge.