In memory of
Christine (Salan) Raiola
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In memory of
Christine (Salan) Raiola
Christine (Salan) Raiola, better known as "Chrissy," of 68 Tinkerville Road, Willington, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family after a hard-fought and courageous battle with cancer. Chris was born in Willimantic and grew up in Mansfield, graduating from E.O. Smith High School, where she played on the state championship field hockey team. She went on to UConn and Eastern Connecticut State University, where she earned her bachelor's degree and rose to professional accomplishment as a radiologic technologist/instructor for many area hospitals and the state of Connecticut. Many students and patients enjoyed Chris' talents and quick wit during difficult times in the emergency situations. She always made everyone feel at ease and had a terrific smile for everyone. Chris' favorite holiday was the Fourth of July, and she especially loved fireworks displays. By coincidence, she met her husband, Fran, of 20 years on the Fourth of July at Columbia Lake. They had a great life and love together both supporting each other always. Chris enjoyed the outdoors, hiking, and was an avid animal lover, spending many years devoted to her beloved German shepherds, Grizzly and Dakota. Chris enjoyed traveling all over the world with Fran on the many trips they took, always blending in with the locals and appreciating everyone they met along the way. Chris enjoyed cooking, and considered herself a "foodie" and was extremely proud of her home and gourmet kitchen that had every gadget possible. The perfect turkey sandwich was Chris' favorite food meal and you could always find her snacking on sour dough pretzels. Her garden, working outside, and being a news junkie were Chris' favorite hobbies. There were not many subjects she didn't know something about, often being sought out for information from friends and co-workers. Her positive spirit and never-quit attitude helped her through her illness, always looking for the best in the situation. Chris is survived by her husband, Francis Raiola; two stepchildren, Scott Raiola and his wife, Jaclyn, of Vernon, and Chelsie Raiola of Lowell, Massachusetts; and her mother, Eleanor (Salan) Willis, of Storrs. Her father, the late Chester Salan of Willimantic, predeceased her in 2005. Her sister, Debra (Salan) Burns and husband, Rusty, of Dallas, Texas; brother Joe Salan and his wife, Dawn, of Hebron; and sister, Susan (Salan) Lyman and husband, Jim, of Columbia, also survive her. In addition, Chris had two nieces, Kelly and Kirsten Burns, of Dallas; and three nephews, Josh and Jack Salan, of Hebron, and Andrew Lyman, of Columbia. Friends and relatives may join the family Friday, Oct. 21, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Tolland Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Merrow Road. A graveside service will be held Saturday, Oct. 22, at 11 a.m. at Storrs Cemetery in Storrs. Memorial contributions can be made to the SPCA of Texas or Mansfield Fire Department. For online condolences, visit
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