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Christine Picchi - Class Of 1968 VIEW PROFILE

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Picchi, Christine A. who passed away on 4/2/2015 at the age of 64

Christine Picchi ObituaryChristine Anne Picchi, age 64, of Oak Harbor, passed away April 2, 2015, in her home following a short illness. 

Christine was born June 2, 1950, in Fort Bragg, N.C., to Ferrer Bruno Picchi and Virginia Mary Barrett. She lived all over the United States and the world, including various duty stations. She was a resident of Oak Harbor for 34 years. 

Christine earned her BS at Catholic University of America, her MA at George Washington University and her RN at Hartford Hospital School of Nursing. She served in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps during the Vietnam era. She entered the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps in September of 1970. She achieved the rank of captain and retired with 26 years of service. 

Christine was a member of the Oak Harbor Rotary and worked to help support various military associations. She enjoyed cooking, entertaining, art, and traveling to Europe and Hawaii. Christine was preceded in death by her husband, Roger Lerseth; her parents, Ferrer Bruno Picchi and Virginia Mary Barrett; and her sister, Leslie Picchi. She is survived by her sisters, Kathleen Wright, Amy Picchi and Debra Picchi; her niece, Michelle Saczynski; and her brother, Steven Picchi. 

A memorial service was held to celebrate the life of Christine at Friday, April 17, 2015, at Burley Funeral Chapel in Oak Harbor.


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09/08/23 03:25 PM #1    

Bonnie Bridger (Mittelmaier) (1969)

Seems as though losses are accelerating for all of our classes and maybe that is partially the case given that we are being informed of losses which occurred previously that we have not been aware of it.  Thank you so very much to folks who are mindful and kind to reach out to let us know so that we may insure no classmates are missed.  This was the case for this classmate Christine Picchi.  What an accomplished life she led of distinguished service to country and so many others she came into contact with.  Rest in Eternal Light, Peace, and Comfort Dear Lady.


Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier '69

09/09/23 12:56 PM #2    

John Powers (1968)

In 67/68 Chris lived two houses from me and I would go over a couple times a week just to chat. One time going over to her home she played her new Beatles Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.  We both were ‘blown away’.  Chris and I went on several dates during the 67/68 year and we came to be good friends.  While still in college we got together during the Christmas holidays and we’d talk about our ‘away from home’ experiences. In early 1970 I flew up to Wash DC to attend one of my brothers wedding.  Chris was going to school there and we got together and had a good time being in a ‘big city’.  Like many of us I lost contact after the college years. In 2014 I got in touch with Chris when I saw her name in Classmates.com and sent her an email. She was living in Oak Harbor WA at the time and I was living in FLA. She would visit one of her sisters in FLA during the holidays. We were only about a hundred miles apart and we met up for lunch halfway between where each of us lived. It was a great visit and much of our conversation was about our times at Kecoughtan. We gave each other big hugs and both of us had a tear or two as we were feeling very nostalgic and we agreed to stay in touch. As I was driving home, I realized she had lived a very purposeful life and I was very moved by her experiences. I sent a number of emails over the last 8 years trying to stay in touch and I wanted to get her to come to one of our reunions. So young. So accomplished. I’m grateful for her friendship. 

09/09/23 07:09 PM #3    

Bonnie Bridger (Mittelmaier) (1969)

Thank you John Powers for this beautiful memories and thoughts.  You provided some lovely insight into the last and now.  I know you were glad you could pay this tribute.  Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier'69 

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