Friends of Chris Connors
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On June 7, 2014 Chris Connors and Kristin Kuzmanich tied the knot. While the ceremony was held at the Chapel of St. Ignatius at Seattle University, the reception was held at a central location in their lives- Bishop Blanchet High School. The venue was apropos for a couple who both teach at the school. Here they began their friendship, coaching soccer. Here they fell in love. They survived many hardships and hurdles in their pursuit to be husband and wife. It was a beautiful, joyous day.
Chris and Kristin eagerly looked forward to their first summer as a married couple. Having delayed their honeymoon until December, they began to create their home in earnest. A significant remodel had begun to create rooms for the girls. It was to be a summer of a nascent family entertaining friends, laughing, working in the yard, completing their home, and enjoying their newlywed status.
Exactly two months later, Chris and Kristin were dealt a severe blow. Instead of celebrating two months as newlyweds, Chris and Kristin were in the hospital, receiving the news that Chris not only had stomach cancer, but that it was inoperable and incurable. Doctors have said it will be an amazing feat if Kristin and the girls have even six months with him. We are now racing against time.
Chris was in the hospital for 17 days during his first hospitalization. He finally came home for five days at the end of August, but was rehospitalized after acquiring an infection which his compromised immune system could not fend off. This back and forth between beingh home and hospitalized is becoming the new norm for the family.
At 41 years of age, nobody expects to be taken from his family. Chris is a dutiful son, a doting father and brother, a loving husband, a supportive friend, a demanding teacher, and an inspirational coach. He has touched so many lives. We are the better for knowing and loving him. Please keep Chris, Kristin, the girls, Larry, Janet, Ben, his extended family, the St. Catherine’s community, the Bishop Blanchet community, and the countless others who love Chris, in your prayers.
Chris and Kristin are both advocates for Catholic education. As products of Catholic education themselves, they have been wholly committed to their vocations. They both wake at 5:00 am on school days to bus students to school. They have coached and mentored students above and beyond the confines of a classroom. Chris and Kristin live their faith. This fundraising site has been started to help fund Chris’s medical expenses, care costs, live-in nurse, helping to make ends meet, and a final celebration of a life led for others when the time comes.
Thank you so much for your support of this wonderful family. Any size donation is profoundly appreciated.
An online sign-up for meals, etc. has been created on Jooners. LINK: JOONERS
Please visit Chris's Caring Bridge site for updates. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chrisconnors
Six months ago today I married my best friend, and the best man I'd ever met. It was not without a deep sense of awareness of this date that I woke up this morning and shook my head at the fact that in six months time everything I thought I knew and could count on has changed so dramatically. While I miss Chris terribly, I also know that he has left an everlasting mark on my heart and my soul. I am grateful for everything he taught me and gave me in his living and in his dying.
For those of you who have asked about the eulogy, I have provided the text via CaringBridge: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/chrisconnors/journal/view/id/54852103ab28b97b7945a667
So it is fitting that Northwest Catholic just released a story on Chris: http://www.nwcatholic.org/news/local/blanchet-coach-cancer
Rosary: Today, 4:00pm
Our Lady of the Lake
Funeral Mass: Tomorrow, 10:30am
Our Lady of the Lake
Reception to follow at Bishop Blanchet HS
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Prayers for you and your family.
So very sorry.
Our prayers are with you. Theresa, Laura, and Eli
Our prayers for all of you continue. Sending special love to E. & A. This is a sacred, difficult & beautiful time. There really are no words.
Anns grand daughter was in Chris's geomerty class, and really loved him. Rachael lowe is now @ Boston university for her masters degree in social work. She telephoned Ann last evening and they must h talked for an half an hour.
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Our son, Erik, was looking forward to having Chris as his 9th grade math teacher this fall and Stephen thinks the world of Ms. K. We are so sorry that you are going through this but miracles happen and we are praying for a miracle. With love from the Saltvig family.
A privilege to be able to help out.
This is absolutely stunning!