Lois Jean “Chris” VanDenBerghe
September 26, 1925 - September 8, 2019
Lois Jean “Chris” VanDenBerghe, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and good friend passed away peacefully September 8, 2019. Chris was born on September 26, 1925 to John and Hazel Cross in Pueblo, Colorado. She loved the mountains, especially Pikes Peak, which she could see from her bedroom window while growing up. She graduated from University of Colorado and went on to perform research in genetics at the University of Pennsylvania. She pursued a master’s degree in genetics at the University of Wisconsin where she met the love of her life, John VanDenBerghe. Chris and John were married June 12, 1950 in the Salt Lake City Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were married for fifty seven wonderful years and together they raised nine children (5 daughters and 4 sons).
Chris moved with her husband and their first born (Deirdre) to Rochester, NY in January of 1952 where John worked as a chemist for Eastman Kodak. While raising her children, Chris, bright and well written, was a part-time reporter for the Greece Post. Chris was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served with an open heart in various responsibilities. She worked with the women of the church and carried her spirit of serving, loving and giving with her throughout her entire life. In retirement, Chris and John served in the Washington D.C., Toronto, and Palmyra Temples of their church. They also served as missionaries in Dublin, Ireland. Chris’ happiest moments were those times spent with family. She loved being involved in the lives of her children, their spouses, her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid lover of tennis, which she played throughout her life.
Chris was preceded in death by her husband, John, and her brother, Robert Cross. She is survived by her children, Deirdre (Robert) Bachman of Highlands Ranch, CO, Michael (Deborah) VanDenBerghe of West Jordan, UT, Blaine (Kaye) VanDenBerghe of Johnstown, CO, Robin (Jim) Forsberg of Springfield, MA, Reed (Amy) VanDenBerghe of Ronceverte, WV, Claire VanDenBerghe of East Syracuse, NY, Amy (David) Odiorne of Ashburn, VA, Kyle (Lee) VanDenBerghe of Rochester, NY, Nona (Byron) Holdiman of Quincy, IL; 30 grandchildren, 55 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild.
Chris will be greatly missed by her family and all those who were touched by her compassion, love, and friendship.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family on Saturday, September 21st from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1250 English Rd, Rochester, NY 14616 where her Funeral Service will follow at 10:30 AM. Private entombment, Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association https://www.alz.org/. For more information and to sign her online guestbook visit www.meesonfamily.com
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