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January 22, 2014

Christine E. Wheeler

Christine E. Wheeler

ONEIDA — Christine E. Wheeler, 51, of Oneida, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 20, 2014, at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.

Born Feb. 4, 1962, in Central Islip on Long Island, she was a daughter of the late Edward David and Marion Thelma (Forsyth) Goritski. She was a graduate of Oneida High School.

On Aug. 1, 1981, Christine married Christopher Charles Wheeler in a ceremony at which Judge Lawrence Finley of the City of Oneida officiated.

For the past several years Christine was her husband’s business partner in Wheeler’s Place, a pet supplies and wood products business. She had a fondness for all animals, great and small, and loved flowers, especially roses.

Christine is survived by her beloved husband of 32 years, Christopher C. Wheeler of Oneida; their two sons, who were her pride and joy and her best accomplishment, Craig Wheeler and his fiancée, Kristen Corcoran, of Easton, Pa., and Curt Wheeler and his wife, Jennifer, of Bedminster, N.J.; two sisters, Dorothy Janczuk and her husband, Timothy, of Morrisville and Marion Tanner and her husband, Brian, of Chittenango; a brother-in-law, William Duncan Wheeler and his wife, Evelyn, of New Bern, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her beloved dog, Harley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Craig Goritski, who died Oct. 16, 1993.

Christine’s family will receive friends at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut St., Cooperstown from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

A funeral service will be offered at the funeral home at noon Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014, with the Rev. Elsie Armstrong Rhodes, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Cooperstown, officiating.

Burial will be later in the Fly Creek Valley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, Christine’s family would appreciate memorial gifts to Wanderer’s Rest Humane Association, 7138 Sutherland Drive, Canastota, NY 13032.

Funeral arrangements under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.

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