Christine Marie “Chris” Stineman

November 05, 1966 ‒ December 31, 2017

Lexington, Ohio

LEXINGTON: Christine Marie “Chris” Stineman passed away Sunday, December 31, 2017 in her home, after fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 20 years, surrounded by her family. She was 51.

She was born November 5, 1966 to parents Merle & Diane (Welker) Smith in Mansfield. After Chris was graduated from Clear Fork High School with the class of 1985, she earned her bachelor’s degree from NCTC in nursing. On August 8, 1998, she married Rick Stineman.

Chris worked at as a nurse at Galion and Bucyrus hospital, as well as Home Health. She also volunteered as an EMT with the Troy Township Fire Department.

She enjoyed playing beach volleyball as well as other sports, and as such, she was always found coaching her kids in whatever sport they were playing. A history buff, Chris’ favorite place was Gettysburg. She also enjoyed helping with Native American reenactments and hunting for arrowheads (and mushrooms too!). A collector by nature, crafting was her gift! Couple these gifts with her love of butterflies, she would create shadow boxes to display each and every one of them. She was known to stay up late working on some of the kids homework getting it just right. Above all she will be remembered for her huge heart as she was passionate, doing everything to the fullest, and loving life.

She is survived by Husband Rick Stineman; children Andrew Mattone, Savannah (Mattone) & DJ Coffman and John Tyler Mattone; granddaughter Emilie Mae Lu-ann Mattone parents Merle & Joanne Smith and Diane & Dave Blubaugh; brother Kirk & Sandy Smith; father-in-law James Stineman; and close friend Monica Peters. She was preceded in death by her mother-in-law Carol (Etzinger) Stineman

The Stineman family will receive friends Thursday, January 4, 2018 from 3-5 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a memorial service honoring Chris’ life will begin immediately at 5 p.m. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to assist with her medical expenses may be made at the funeral home. Please, make checks payable to Snyder Funeral Home.

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  • I am so sorry to hear this. Chris was such a wonderful, wild and spunky lady. I’ll always remember the smile on her face when we made our own parade! Prayers sent your way!

  • Rick, I am so sorry to hear about Chris. She was such a wonderful lady. I enjoyed our many phone conversations. You were such a loving and wonderful husband to her. There was no doubt that you two loved each other so very much. I will remember her every time I see a butterfly. I know it isn’t easy to hear or read this, but just remember that she is no longer in discomfort or pain. Prayers to you and your family.

  • Want to wish all the family and friends of Chris peace and healing in the New Year
    Although most of my memories of Chris are when she was young, they are fond. She was a sweet and beautiful child and we loved to play with her when we were growing up in Mansfield. Her video testimony was a wonderful glimpse of her life and love of her family. May God bless you and comfort you with her wonderful memories and knowing she no longer suffers the disease that crippled her body. Love and peace in the coming days. With deepest sympathy, Susan Lee