Mary Ellen Christman Obituary

Mary Ellen  (Tossett) Christman
Mary Ellen (Tossett) Christman

October 12, 1936 - December 3, 2017
Born in Lansford, North Dakota
Resided in Niantic, Connecticut

Obituary

Mary Ellen (Tossett) Christman passed away on December 3, 2017 after a long illness.
She was born October 12, 1936 to Otis Tossett and Ellen Tyler Tossett on their farm near Lansford, North Dakota. In her early years, she attended a one-room schoolhouse in Lansford. Later, her family lived in Montana during the school year; she graduated from Billings High School in 1954. She went on to the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, where she graduated in 1959 with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree. She had many fond memories of playing the clarinet in her high school and college marching bands, especially enjoying the frequent travel.
Upon graduation, Mary Ellen moved to California, where she worked at Hughes Research Laboratories in Malibu. It was there that she met a young physicist, J.Richard Christman. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married on June 17, 1961 in Minot, North Dakota.
She worked for nearly twenty-five years at the East Lyme Public Library, retiring in 2002. Summers were always spent at the family lakeside cottage in Delta, Ontario, Canada. She loved discussing politics, singing along to Elvis, and enjoying the company of her adored grandchildren. Ever the farmer’s daughter, she was happiest working with the earth, digging, planting and pruning. Otherwise, she was usually seen with a book or newspaper in hand, right up to her final days.
Mary Ellen is survived by her son Stephen Christman, of Niantic, her daughter Karen Christman and son-in-law Glenn Frysinger, and three grandsons, Jack, Erik, and Matthew Frysinger, all of of Old Saybrook. She is also survived by two sisters, Carol Sando and Dolores Jacobson, both of Carmichael, California, brother Wesley Tossett and his wife Marlene, of Minot, North Dakota, and sister-in-law Carol Christman of Evansville, Indiana, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews. Her beloved husband, Richard, passed away February 20, 2017.
A memorial service will be held at Neilan Funeral Home in Niantic on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 4 pm. Her ashes, along with those of her husband, will be interred at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Minot, North Dakota at the convenience of her family. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory can be made to the American Cancer Society or Planned Parenthood.

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Thomas L. Neilan & Sons East Lyme Funeral Home
48 Grand Street
Niantic, CT US 06357
Thursday, December 14, 2017
- 4:00 PM

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Planned Parenthood
American Cancer Society
Franklin Commons 106 RT 32
Franklin, CT US 06254-1800
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