Christine F. (Pugh) Schenk

August 29, 1928 ‒ October 24, 2011

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: At the age of 30, Christine (Pugh) Schenk first discovered the game of golf. A natural athlete, it didn’t take long for her to understand the mental and physical dynamic of playing golf. Winning tournaments in Richland and Cuyahoga Counties, Christine may never have admitted to the title “champion golfer,” but she was just that.

Not only a champion at golf, Christine F. (Pugh) Schenk, a champion mother, grandmother and great grandmother, passed away Monday morning October 24, 2011 in Winchester Terrace Nursing Home following a short illness. She was 83.

Christine was born August 29, 1928 in Mansfield, the daughter of Barber and Ruby (Byrd) Pugh, and was graduated from Ontario high school in 1946.

The matriarch of her family, the Schenk house was always in order and her family was continually cared for. Christine resided in Mansfield until 1966 when she moved to Strongsville. In the late 1970’s she moved to Tucson, Arizona, and in 1993 returned to Mansfield.

While playing golf in Arizona, Christine made 2 holes-in-one in the same week! She was a member of the Richland County Women’s Golf Association and participated in many golf tournaments held at area courses.

Christine shined when serving others. An exceptional cook, family favorites included a variety of pies and Christmas cookies. There was just no duplicating her holiday recipes.

Christine embraced life, loved the Lord, and enjoyed time with family. Those close to her knew when she was really upset by her classic phrase, “shoot-a-monkey”. That was Christine’s way of making a frustrating moment, funny.

She could stay up all night playing pinochle and enjoyed bridge and bowling with friends.

She is survived by her children and their spouses Ludi and Debbie (Meese) Schenk of Mansfield, Debi (Schenk) Vitcusky Conrad of Mansfield, and Kyle and Harriet (Smith) Schenk of Cleveland; grandchildren Gretchen (Schenk) and Mike Pfeifer of Galion, Mari (Schenk) and Brian Pcionek of Brunswick, Jennifer (Schenk) and Tom Plaisted of Mansfield, Brian Vitcusky of Wooster, Richard Vitcusky of Mansfield, Amie (Vitcusky) and Marty Yoder of Wooster, Christopher Vitcusky of Columbus, Benjamin Schenk of Cleveland, Adam Schenk of Cleveland, and Noah Schenk of Muncie, Indiana; great grandchildren Kyle Schultz of Columbus, Andrew Schultz of Findlay, Emily and Katie Pcionek both of Brunswick, Sydney and Melanie Plaisted both of Mansfield, Mallory and Tyler Vitcusky, Alec and Molly Vitcusky all of Mansfield, and Emma, Anna, and Osgood Yoder all of Wooster; sister Elaine (Pugh) Hertzler of Las Cruces, New Mexico, brother and sister-in-law Larry and Joy Pugh of Las Cruces, New Mexico and sister Rita (Pugh) Skulski of Mansfield; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her granddaughter Lisa Ann Vitcusky, brother Carroll Pugh, and sons-in-law Rich Vitcusky and Gerald Conrad.

The Schenk family has chosen the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home for services and private graveside services will be held Saturday, October 29, 2011 in Mansfield Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions to the Women’s Fund at the Richland County Foundation may be made through Snyder funeral home.

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