Cuyahoga Falls- Christie Lynn (Berdyck) Conrad, 69, passed away peacefully on August 12, 2022 at Hickory Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center after a long, courageous battle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Christie was born June 25th, 1953 to Carol (Averill) Berdyck and Francis (Frank) Berdyck in Akron, Ohio. She continued to live in the Akron area her entire life. She was a 1972 graduate of Kenmore High School, where she was a cheerleader and honored by her classmates by being elected to the Homecoming court. She also attended the University of Akron.
Christie’s greatest joy was raising her three daughters, Amie, Melissa and Holly and giving them a lifetime of mostly humorous, never-ending flubs and one-liners that are remembered and repeated to this day. She enjoyed being a room mother and Brownie Leader. She loved The Carpenters, Kenny Rogers, Barry Manilow and Air Supply, even though most people distained them. She was an avid Cleveland Indians fan, often accompanying her girls to games at the old Cleveland Stadium. She worked to pay for baton, cheerleading and ballet lessons (and Jordache jeans) first at the Dairy Queen and later as a pre-school teacher at Kathy’s Preschool in Munroe Falls. It was at Kathy’s Preschool where she really found her calling, putting her years of child-rearing experience to use in her own class of 3-year-olds. She was affectionately known as “Miss Chris” and was loved by her pupils, parents and co-workers. After being diagnosed with MS, she had to reduce her work schedule and eventually took over the task of designing and building the seasonal bulletin boards for all the classrooms. When work became too much of a challenge, she stayed home and made decorative wreaths for anyone that owned a door. On good days, the credit cards came out and shopping was on. She was on a first-name basis with clerks at every store at Chapel Hill Mall. She became Grandma Chrissy after her daughters married and blessed her with seven grandchildren. It is regretful that she wasn’t able to shower her grandchildren with the same love and attention she showed to her children due to declining health, but she loved them just the same.
Christie was pre-deceased by her mother, Carol Gould, and brothers Jeff Berdyck, Bill Gould and Greg Gould. She is survived by daughters Amie (Doug) Koeberle of Wadsworth, Melissa (Todd) Brazelton of Tallmadge, Holly (Mark) Johnson of Tallmadge, Father, Frank Berdyck and sister Lori Gerber of Fairlawn, grandchildren Cora, Jena and Ray Koeberle, Brady and Chase Brazelton, and Kaleb and Luke Johnson and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Also, Bruce Conrad, father of her three daughters who always supported her through her journey.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at Hickory Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center in Akron for their many years of compassionate care of, and service to Christie and to Crossroads Hospice for easing Christie’s transition to her next journey.
Cremation has taken place and there will be a private remembrance celebration at a later date. Donations in Christie’s honor may be made to the MS Society.
“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die” Thomas Campbell
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