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Christine (Ripley) Lynch

November 24, 1944 — November 16, 2018

LYNCH, Christine (Ripley) of Walpole, formerly of Westwood, Brookline, and Barrington, RI, passed away peacefully on November 16th surrounded by her loving family. Chris leaves behind her devoted husband, Arthur, of 50 years; her three children, Erin Saluti (Bronxville, NY), Jonathan Lynch (Brooklyn, NY), and Elizabeth DiGregorio (Medfield, MA); her five grandchildren, Nicholas (20) and Catherine (15) Saluti, and, Claire (13), Matthew (13), and William (13) DiGregorio; her sons-in-law, Joseph Saluti and Michael DiGregorio; and a multitude of loving and devoted friends.

Chris was born November 24th, 1944, in Boston, the only child of the late Florence (MacDonald) and Gendall Ripley. She was raised in Brookline where she attended St. Mary's High School, and went on to receive a degree from Boston Business Education School. She married her beloved husband, Arthur Stephen Lynch, in 1968 at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Chestnut Hill. After their marriage, the newlyweds relocated to Washington, D.C., while Arthur, who was in the army, served as a clerk at the Pentagon. Her first child, a daughter, Erin, was born at Walter Reed Hospital in 1970. The new family returned to Boston when Arthur was discharged. A son, Jonathan "Jon," arrived in 1975, and daughter, Elizabeth "Beth," less than a year later, in 1976.

Chris raised her family in Westwood, where she contributed her time to Girl Scouts of America, teaching CCD at St. Denis Parish, delivering Meals on Wheels, and cheering from the stands of every field, court, and ice rink in Boston's metro-west. She cherished playing and socializing with her long-standing Westwood bridge group, from which many of her most significant friendships were forged.

Chris became a licensed real estate salesperson in 1984, and enjoyed a successful career in suburban Boston for many years. Courageously, she fought and overcame a battle with breast cancer from 1986-1987. Throughout her life, Chris was active civically and socially, as a volunteer at WGBH (PBS) Boston, and as a member of The Young Women's Club of Westwood; The League of Women Voters; and the Ace of Clubs, founded in 1911 by Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Chris was a talented interior decorator and a gracious hostess. She enjoyed visiting museums, collecting antiques, and travel with family and friends. It was her grandchildren, however, who brought her the greatest pleasure.

In 2004, Chris and Arthur retired to Barrington, RI, where they enjoyed walking along the harbor. They returned to Massachusetts in 2014, to be nearer to friends and family when Chris became ill. A devout Catholic, her unwavering faith and Marian devotion supported her throughout her life.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visiting hours at the Holden, Dunn and Lawler Funeral Home, 55 High Rock St., WESTWOOD, on Tuesday, November 27th from 4-8pm. Funeral procession from the funeral home on Wednesday, November 28th at 9:00am. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:00am at St. Denis Church, 157 Washington Street, Westwood. Interment at New Westwood Cemetery will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Christine's name to Hellenic Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 601 Sherman Street, Canton, MA 02021.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

New Westwood Cemetery


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