Cristy Violet Zupin Grace died on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019, at the Hospital of Special Care in New Britain, following a lengthy illness.
Wife of Stephen M. Grace of New Britain for more than 27 years, Cristy was the daughter of Wallace Dayton Zupin and Wilma June (Hoopfer) Zupin of Elk Rapids, Michigan, where she was born, Oct. 10, 1949.
Besides Stephen, Cristy is survived by a brother, Wallace Dirk Zupin of New Jersey and a nephew, Wallace Daniel Zupin of Simsbury. She was predeceased by a sister, Cynthia Zupin.
Cristy also leaves members of her second family, the Graces of New Britain, including Stephen’s two brothers and their wives, Jim and Roberta (Klett) of Camp Hill, Penn., and Tim and Joan (Sarrantonio) of New Britain.
Born and raised in Elk Rapids, Michigan, Cristy graduated from Elk Rapids High School in the Class of 1968. She also attended Central Michigan University.
After high school and college, Cristy spent time in Florida before coming to Connecticut in the ’80s where she established a career as a house painter, working in a partnership with Bruce Wilson and his dad, Bob Wilson.
Cristy met Stephen when they both worked at the Gelston House in the mid ’80s. They were married in 1992, at the Hotel Northampton in Northampton, MA, before moving to New Britain, where they have resided ever since.
Cristy will be remembered by friends and family for so many things, including the silly messages on her home answering machine, the delicious bread she baked, the thousands of photographs she took and shared, her trips to Europe (especially to see Jack Karle and Peter Kelsy in France) and to the hometown she loved (Elk Rapids), and finally for the pets she loved (Percy Q., Miss Barkley, Ernie and Dexter and Sydney).
Cristy’s closest friends were loyal to the end, particularly Candace Western of Pueblo, Colo., Leslie Newman of Glastonbury, and Bruce and Irene Wilson of Middletown. Peter and Joan Lemnotis of Plainville, Stephen and Cristy’s closest friends and travel companions, were a constant source of support.
Stephen expresses appreciation for the tremendous care Cristy received at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, especially the help they received from Dr. Nathan Nartey.
In lieu of flowers, Stephen asks friends to make a contribution in Cristy’s memory to The Hospital for Special Care or to the ASPCA. Friends are invited to attend a “Celebration of Cristy’s Life” on Sunday afternoon, Oct. 13, at JV’s Taproom in Plainville, from 2 to 5 p.m.