Christiane Criner

October 28, 1964 - September 25, 2021

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Christiane "Chris" Marie Criner, 56, of East Liberty, Ohio, was called to Glory on Saturday, September 25, 2021 in her home surrounded by her family.

Chris was born October 28, 1964 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She was the Valedictorian of the 1983 class of Ft. Wayne Christian High School. Chris continued her schooling at Liberty University, Lynchburg, Virginia. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Bellefontaine. Chris was a loving wife and mother. She was kind, caring and big hearted. Chris loved people, especially her church family but most of all she loved her Lord.

Chris is survived by her husband, Greg Criner; children, Aida, Garrett and Grant Criner; mother, Bertha (Sorg) Schaefer; sisters, Patricia (Brian) Strunk and Anne (Paul) McDowell; brothers and sisters-in-law, Michelle Hunter, Kurt (Julie) Criner, and Todd (Becky) Criner as well as several nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her father, Richard Schaefer; father & mother-in-law, Robert and Beverly Criner.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10-12 noon on Saturday, October 2, 2021 in Calvary Baptist Church, 1140 Rush Ave, Bellefontaine, OH 43311. Celebration of life for Chris will follow at 12 noon in the church with Pastor Jeff Willetts officiating.

Burial will be held at Middleburg Cemetery, Middleburg, Ohio.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

Arrangements entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.vernonfh.com.


Jeff and Maria Hyer - Oct 2, 2021
Greg , we are both very sorry to hear about your loss .
Sarah Brake Graham - Sep 30, 2021
Chris was full of kindness, and this picture of her worshipping our God says it all. She was a great neighbor to my mother Sally on Poe Avenue, and was always friendly and sweet to my family. I pray for comfort for all of you, and look forward to seeing her in heaven one day. Greg, I will pray for you and your children. Sweet Bertha, much love to you also.
Russ Irwin - Sep 29, 2021
Prayers for you and your family,Greg.God will comfort you in these times.
Karen Ormeroid - Sep 29, 2021
Greg and family I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Cheryll Bickham - Sep 29, 2021
My dear, sweet friend has gone in to see our Jesus face to face where you join my husband, Bill, and so many other brothers and sisters in the Lord. I am currently in the hospital and it breaks my heart that I cannot be with the Criner family in celebrating Chris's Life. She was an inspiration to me and everyone she encountered! Blessings to the family! I loved her as a sister and I will miss her until we meet again! Greg, Grant, Garrett & Aida... I love you all! Cheryll
Rick Pfarr - Sep 28, 2021
Greg, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Keep the faith my friend, we will all be together again sooner than our human minds can comprehend.
Paul & Pat Sorg - Sep 28, 2021
To all the Criner family; Pat and I would like to express our deepest sympathy to all who knew Christy as Wife, mom, sister, daughter or friend. She left us too soon. We will remember her persistant smile and pleasing personality. We are praying for you to have peace and strength at this time.
Adam Brannon - Sep 28, 2021
Greg, I’m deeply sorry for your loss. I have been praying for you since I heard. You were always very good to me and I’ve never forgotten that. You will continue to be on my prayer list. If there’s anything I can do for you, please let me know. Adam Brannon
Thad Hartzler - Sep 28, 2021
Greg I’m so very sorry to hear of your loss. Keeping you and your family in our prayers and thoughts.
RONICA - Sep 27, 2021
Chris will be missed by many. She was a very special person that loved to talk. I always enjoyed our conversations. I do know she is in Heaven praising God . Miss you friend
Steve Williams - Sep 27, 2021
Greg…So sorry to hear of your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you…
Patricia Martin - Sep 27, 2021
My prayers are with the family. I have many fond memories of singing with Chris in the “Ladies of Grace” quartet @ Grace Baptist Church. It’s been a difficult year for your family but I know our God is faithful to comfort you all in this difficult time.
Diane - Sep 27, 2021
My heart breaks for her family and,us, her friends. I will miss her love and prayers but I am confident that she is living her bext life now....
Todd Criner - Sep 27, 2021
Chris personified PASSION for Jesus and Family. She was a bedrock in the Criner family. There are Sooooo many stories I could tell of our time together, but to keep it short, I will simply state, I no longer have "my sister" that I could have spirited/intellectual debates on nearly anything lol. She was a wonderful wife to my brother and mother to my niece and nephews. There is a hole our hearts for sure, but thanks to God's promise, we will have those debates again, someday, in heaven. Miss you sis! <3

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