Christine Mary Rasinski
June 28, 1949 – January 30, 2020
Christine Mary Rasinski, loving daughter of the late Chester and Leona, nee Krusinski, passed peacefully on January 30th. Chris, as she liked to be known was a Chicago native. She attended Notre Dame High School and upon graduation went on to train as a Medical Assistant. She quickly found employment at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. She worked in a variety of clinical and administrative positions within the hospital before eventually becoming the Program Coordinator for Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, a position that she held for more than 25 years. She was held in high regard by the many students, residents and doctors as the “arch support” of the program and helped program maintain its accreditation status as one of the top podiatry training programs in Chicago.
In addition, Chris was a highly organized Department Administrator for the Department of Surgery at the William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine, later Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Surgery and was instrumental in helping to run the department efficiently.
When Chris was not working, she enjoyed cooking, and in particular, baking, with an emphasis on Polish cuisine. Cooking was truly Chris’s passion. She spent many hours planning and preparing meals for family and friends. And at work, many a resident survived a grueling day on the strength of one of Chris’s Chruscikis! No one who knew Chris ever went away hungry.
Chris also enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and arts and crafts. She fashioned many wreaths and other decorations for the home.
She was also a voracious reader, and especially enjoyed mysteries. Chris will forever be remembered as a loving and generous friend, cousin, and “Auntie” to many.
Mass of Christian Burial, St. William’s Church, 2600 North Sayre, Chicago, on February 22 at 10:00 am. Memorial celebration to follow, beginning at 11:00 am, at Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home, 6901 West Belmont, Chicago.
Inurnment will take place on Monday, February 24, at 10:00 am, at St. Adalbert’s Cemetery, the St. Elizabeth Building, Mary, Mother of God Mausoleum, Tier 7, crypt 1647. Anyone wishing to attend the inurnment should please notify the family, and plan on meeting the family at the cemetery office at 10:00.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Chris’s name, to the United States Humane Society, in recognition of Chris’s lifelong love of dogs. https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Donation2?24225.donation=form1&df_id=24225
- The Humane Society of the United States
Mass of Christian Burial
10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saint William Church
2600 N. Sayre Avenue
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Montclair-Lucania Funeral Home, Blossom Chapel
6901 West Belmont Ave
Christine Mary Rasinski
February 6, 2020
I have know Chris for more than 25 yeas. She was a stalwart of the medical education process. She was the one person that I could rely on to help make the administrative side of the residency run smoothly. She knew Illinois Masonic like the back of her hand and was always able to come up with a name or a resource when we were planning the next step to advance the program. She was prepared to go the extra distance (which often turned into a marathon) and did it all with smile on her face and an enthusiasm that is hard to replace. She balanced it all with a deliciously wicked sense of humor and insight into the training of a junior doctor and I could not have done it without her patience.
She was incredibly well organized and was not afraid to speak her mind if she thought that something was not the "right way". There is a generation of residents and students that benefited from her administrative acumen and had a better education because of it. I feel very fortunate indeed to have had her as the right arm (although perhaps foot would be a better term) for what was accomplished. I certainly could not have done it without her unyielding support. She was rarely away from work, was always on time, and took pride in what she did. On the bad days, she was a good companion to "de-stress" to on the drive home. We have lost a dear friend and colleague and I shall miss her. She really did go too soon.
February 5, 2020
It is hard to believe that Chris has passed. Seeing her not so far as a a few months ago at IMMC, I can still remember our conversation as she prepared for her retirement. She had a look of content and pride as she was passing on the baton to the next residency coordinator. Over the years, she kept us all in line and held us accountable, as students, residents, and even attendings. She was the backbone of the Podiatric Residency at IMMC. Rest In Peace and Godspeed, Chris.
February 4, 2020
Chris was one of the pillars of the 'good old days' at Illinois Masonic - I always welcomed her perceptive and very funny "take" on the toils of medico-administrative bureaucracy, and life in general. I was shocked to learn of her passing, but so glad for the memories. My condolences to her family and friends.
January 31, 2020
A splendid lady who will be sorely missed. Enjoyed many of her Polish recipes. We also shared a unique since of humor. Rest in peace Chris.