NORTH GREENBUSH – Christine A. Hook, 41, daughter of Deacon Neil and Carol Hook died unexpectedly at her residence on Friday, February 8. She was a graduate of Guilderland High School. She attended Junior College of Albany and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University. She received two masters degrees in Literacy and Special Education from the Sage Colleges. She was a special education teacher in the Cairo-Durham Central Schools but had to leave teaching due to an injury. She worked part-time in several medical offices until her long-term disability forced her to retire. She recently took up her art work and has several paintings in local galleries. For the past three years she also wrote a blog called Grace Lines that covered her journey with her disability. Throughout her years with her disability she still had a ready smile and a great sense of humor.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her sister, Helen and brother Paul and sister-in-law Joanne as well as two beloved nieces – Jessica Cameron and Julia Hook. She is also survived by her aunt, June Jackson and uncle, Edward Willard and several cousins. She also leaves behind her two lovable cats – Shay and Chili.
There will be viewing hours at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Troy on Tuesday, February 12th from 4-8 p.m. A funeral Mass will be offered on Thursday, February 14th at 9:30 a.m. at St. Michael’s. Relatives and friends are invited. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Troy at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Hans Funeral Home, Albany. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Charcot-Marie-Tooth Association, PO Box 105, Glenolden, PA 19036 or at www.cmtausa.org. To leave a message of condolence for the family, send a sympathy card, or obtain directions to the church, please visit www.HansFuneralHome.com.
Click here for directions to St. Michael the Archangel Church in Troy.
Click here for the location of Christine’s resting place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Troy, New York.
I am shocked and deeply saddened about Christine’s passing. She was such a kind and caring friend and she touched so many lives by sharing her stories through her blog. May the peace from your memories of Christine comfort you now and in the days ahead.”
janice and john smircich
Dear Carol and Neil,
Words cannot express the shock of hearing of your loss yesterday.
Chris graduated with our Mary Ellen from GHS in 1989. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. No matter how deep your faith is, I know the emptiness of a mother and father’s heart must be overwhelming. We are with you in spirit.
Janice and John
Patricia and Michael Stefanik
Dear Neil and Carol – we received word of Christine’s sudden death while we are here in Florida. Be assured of our prayers for her soul and for peace for you and your family.
Pat and Mike Stefanik
I am so sorry for your loss. I got to know Christine through the CMT meetings, and she was always positive. I know those of us associated with the CMT group will miss her greatly.
Chris and Kendall Reilly
Dear Neil and Carol,
We are deeply saddened to hear of Christine’s death. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Chris and Kendall Reilly
Please accept my condolence in this, your time of need. I only have known and met Christine a few times through some support meetings. She shall be missed. My prayers and thoughts.
Joanne Van Genderen
Christine leaves us with a legacy of kindness, compassion, and creativity. Her spirit lives on in the hearts of all who have had the privilege of knowing her. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
I was really saddened and shocked to hear about Christine’s death. Please accept my sincere condolences. Christine contacted me several months ago because we had something in common : CMT. She was so friendly, she was a fighter, and she was always so positive ! She’ll be missed… Rest in peace Christine !
Mary and Vic DeSantis
Dear Carol and Neil,
So sorry to learn of Christine’s sudden passing. We know how devoted you were to her and her wellbeing, as well as your pride in her and her many accomplishments. There just are no words at a time like this. Please accept our deepest sympathy along with a very warm hug from one set of parents to another. Peace.
I was so very sorry to hear about Christine’s sudden passing. She was such an amazing person. We used to work together when we were both fresh out of school and her sense of humor made what could have been a very stressful period, a highly enjoyable one. She was the first friend I told that I was pregnant and to this day I remember that she was one of the first people there at the hospital when my daughter was born. Christine made the most beautiful picture for my daughter’s nursery that everyone who visited commented on with amazement. Just recently we reconnected via Facebook, talking about the old days and Scout & Atticus. She was a warm and loving person and I am a better person for having known her. I am truly sorry for your, and the World’s, loss.
I was so devastated to hear of Christine’s passing. My thoughts & prayers go out to her family & friends. May God bring you courage, strength & peace to get through this terrible loss. Christine was such an amazing, strong, beautiful person inside and out. I will always cherish the friendship we had that started with her first day at pool therapy, and our special get-togethers at Hot Harry’s. She will always be the brightest star that shines on us.
I too, got to know Christine through the CMT meetings and was impressed right from the start by her positive attitude, her creativity, and her sense of humor. She was a lovely person.
I am truly sorry for your sudden loss, my prayers and thoughts are with you.
Frank and Kathy Garceau
All our prayers are with you at this time sorrow. I pray that God comforts you and your family as only He can.
Please accept my condolences. I will miss Christine greatly. She was a gentle soul with a wonderful smile that made everyone around her light up. I met her through the Art de Cure and thoroughly enjoyed working with her. My thoughts and prayers will be with Christine and with with you, her family.
Dear Neil and Carol:
Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your daughter , Christine . No parents should have to go through this and i want you to know that i will remember you all in my prayers.
Tony and Mary Amodeo
Dear Neil and Carol
This Lenten Season you are being asked to carry the heaviest weight of the cross of Jesus, the loss of a child. May our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time ease your burden and bring a small measure of comfort to you and your family.
Tony and Mary Amodeo
Please accept my condolences on the loss of your daughter Christine. I never met her, but we exchanged emails and her award winning art leaves a profound legacy. Her willingness to help spread CMT Awareness was outstanding and gives the rest of us a beacon for motivation.
Philip J. & Mary DiNovo
Dear Neil and Carol, We are so sorry for your loss. We find it difficult to tell you in words how we feel about your loss. Your in our thoughts and prayers. A Mass card will soon be sent for Christine.
To Paul, ,
Please accept my sincerest sympathy for the passion of your sister, and condolences to all the family.
My prayers are with you.
Just reading through Chris’ Facebook Page again. Once of her last posts: “it’s my plan to put more beauty into the world, and maybe broaden people’s minds through my paintings. I think I’m happier”. She brought much beauty into the world just by being here. That won’t fade any time soon. She was a lovely person and our memories of her will always be good.
Maureen F Kelly
My thoughts and prayers are with the Hook Family as you travel this part of life’s journey.
Maureen F Kelly from FMP & Festival Choir
Dear Neil, Carol and family.\,
There are times when the right words just don’t exist, times when feelings are too deep to be expressed…but at this sad time I hope it will help you a little to know how much I am thinking of you.
Bob & Pat Sweeney
Dear Neil & Carol,
Words are lost for now as God has called one of his angels home. When the Lord calls our loved ones home, he leaves a gift of memories in exchange. It is in those memories we start to find peace and comfort. We are here if you want to talk.
Love and Peace,
Bob & Pat
Dear Neil and Carol,
Mom and Dad told me about Christine. I’m sorry I couldn’t offer my condolences in person tonight. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you, and I’ll remember Christine-and your family-in my heart at Mass tomorrow. I’m so very sorry for your loss, but know you take comfort that your beloved is truly home.
I have never met you, but I feel close to you all the same. Christine and I were friends online. She and I shared many stories about teaching and art. She was always honest, funny, and hopeful. She made me smile more times that I can count. I will miss her so much! I send comfort and peace in these difficult times. I am so sad to say goodbye to such a good, kind friend. I have to believe she is dancing in the sky, sending sunshine and saying, “I’m fine, really. Watch me dance.”
With peace, Lenka
I knew Christine through the CMT support group and was inspired by her. I feel such a sense of loss. Christine gave more than she took from this life. She showed us how to shine through adversity and despite whatever our troubles are in this life are, she showed us that we can rise above it and make a difference in the lives of those around us. Christine touched ours hearts and will be greatly missed.