Christine (Smith) Wood, a longtime resident of Harwich who was born on Martha’s Vineyard, died Friday, July 13 at Cape Cod Hospital. She was 91.
Christine was well-known and appreciated for being an active volunteer in Harwich. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Community Service Award of the Year in appreciation for being a past chair and member of the Harwich Council on Aging, and serving on the town’s 300th anniversary committee, the Brooks Academy Commission, the Harwich housing committee, the Harwich Center Initiative Group, the historic commission and the Harwich Family Pantry, and for being a longstanding member of the cemetery committee. She was employed by the Robert E. Joy Company of West Harwich for 35 years.
She leaves her daughter Lynne Casale and husband Ralph of Plymouth, granddaughter Christine Casale of Somerville, and step-grandchildren Ralph Casale 3rd of Westford, Linda Frascarella of Maryland, and Joseph Casale of Framingham. She is also survived by her nieces Anne Nevin of Martha’s Vineyard, Nancy Nevin of Florida and Mary Jane Nevin of Boston, and many grand nieces and nephews. She also leaves her gal Friday Brenda Weeks of Harwich. She was predeceased by her sisters Eileen Kraus of Dennis, Mary Jane Nevin of Martha’s Vineyard and her nephew Jack Nevin of Martha’s Vineyard.
Christine was known by many to be outgoing, steadfast and willing to help others. She accepted her daughter’s new, large family and attended many of their holiday functions and other gatherings. She was known for her strong opinions on politics, religion, and certainly women’s rights, and loved sharing her thoughts on these topics and many others. She was always receiving guests at her home, greeting them with a hot cup of tea, cake and occasional stronger beverages, when required. She loved being with her friends and entertaining.
She will be missed by her friends, family, pets and the squirrels and birds she kept fat and happy in her backyard.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, July 19 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Morris, O’Connor and Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main street in Harwich Center. A funeral mass will be held on Friday, July 20 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, Route 28 in West Harwich. Interment will be private.
Notes of sympathy and condolence may be sent to MorrisOConnorBlute.com