Christina Deloris Abel

November 19, 1963May 14, 2018
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Christina Deloris (Wiley) Abel, age 54, of Coshocton, passed away on Monday, May 14, 2018 surrounded by her family and friends.

Christina was born to Lawrence and Judy (Slaughter) Wiley on November 19, 1963 in Aberdeen, Maryland. After graduating from Riverview High School, Christina worked as a waitress for The Mill at Beuhler’s, in Roscoe Village, and a number of other restaurants. However, her favorite job was working in the cafeteria for the Coshocton Elementary School. On September 9, 2009, she married Albert Abel, who survives. Christina was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Coshocton Elks. Christina enjoyed taking care of her cats and supporting numerous animal foundations. She liked to take pictures and loved spending time with her grandchildren. Christina will be remembered for her caring nature and for the kind and thoughtful things she did for everyone.

Along with her husband and parents, Christina is survived by her one son, Joseph Abel, two step-daughters, Kelsey and Karley Abel, six grandchildren, Braelynn, Haven, Steven, Jaxton, Saywer, and Brooklynn, one brother, Doug (Jessica) Wiley, two sisters, Cindy (Dan) Marlatt and Carma Richardson, and many nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held at Given-Dawson-Paisley Funeral Home on Sunday, May 20, 2018 from 2-5 p.m. with a Catholic wake service beginning at 5 p.m. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. with Father Victor R. Wesolowski officiating. Burial will follow at South Lawn Cemetery.

For those who wish, memorial donations may be made in Christina’s name to Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 805 Main Street, Coshocton, OH 43812.

An online memorial can be viewed at


  • Calling Hours Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, May 21, 2018

Christina Deloris Abel

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Yajaira Ortiz

May 20, 2018

Christina was an amazing sister-in-law. Her unconditional love will burn in my heart forever. Her laughter, her huge golden heart and her love for family, friends and animals will truly be missed. She kept us all together and gave us many great memories. She organized many family and friend gatherings, she showered us with loving gifts, she rescued many animals and was a dear friend above all. She was very thoughtful and always put everyone before herself. Everything she did was with her heart in her hands. May God continue to love his angel.

James (Jimmy) Abel

May 18, 2018

Christina is my sister in law. I really have never met a friendlier, more thoughtful, and more generous person than Christina, and could not be more proud to be related to her as my Sister in Law. She was a true convert to the Roman Catholic Church and supported Sacred Heart Church and school in word and good works. I, and, many others will miss Christina, but I believe she is an inspiration to live our own lives as she lived her life. May she have everlasting life in Heaven.

Kelsey Abel

May 17, 2018

She loved organizing parties...

Mary Parsons

May 16, 2018

Great hugs

Mary Parsons

May 16, 2018

Many family dinners, made and served with love. Christina brought everyone together.

Kelsey Abel

May 16, 2018

I've never seen such a beautiful angel. My dad's smile says it all. She made us all so happy and always made sure we knew unconditional love.

Mary Parsons

May 15, 2018

I remember this afternoon in the backyard. The new pool. Christina loved being a grandma! Will miss you dear friend and sister!



When Christina Deloris Abel walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Christina was and how she impacted those around her. Christina was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Christina wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Christina was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.
Christina was born on November 19, 1963 at the Kirk Army Hospital at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland. She was the daughter of Lawrence "Larry" and Marian "Judy" Wiley. Christina was raised in Nellie, Ohio. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Christina might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Christina was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.
Christina was raised with three siblings. She had one older brother, Doug, and two younger sisters, Carma and Cindy. Christina was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Christina was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Christina well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.
As a young girl, Christina was able to empathize and identify with a vast array of people and personality types. This quality drew her into a diverse group of friends and acquaintances. Christina was intelligent and had little trouble getting along with her peers. She was almost always the first to jump in when it came to playing games or participating in other childhood activities. Christina took part in basketball. She was a member of 4-H. Christina had the ability to find amusement with almost any activity she and the many childhood friends she shared might discover.
During her high school years, Christina responded enthusiastically to any new project and was regularly in search of one adventure after another. She graduated from River View High School in 1982. Christina was a very good student, and generally did well in her courses. Christina absorbed as much as she could from all of her teachers and was consistently able to tackle conceptual and abstract problems, using her imagination to master her assignments. For Christina, school often became just an extension of playtime, thanks to her ability to turn just about anything into a game. Classmates considered Christina a good listener, knowing that when necessary, they could go to her to discuss just about anything. Her favorite class in high school was Math. The teacher she enjoyed learning from the most was Mr. Kyle Kanuckel.
With a talent for making acquaintances easily which in turn brought her an endless stream of friends, Christina was very sociable and could blend without effort into any social group. Assertive and outgoing, Christina was easy to know and demonstrated a deep concern for others. She always seemed aware of what was going on with people around her and throughout her life she made many, many friends. While growing up, some of her best friends were Jennifer (Young) Andrews, Cheryl (Gable) Ogle, Jeff Wilson, and Gene Berry. Later in life, had many close friends too numerous to count.
On September 9, 2009 Christina married Albert Joseph Abel at Roscoe Village Visitors Center Gardens of Coshocton, Ohio. Christina's skill at “building bridges” played an important role in her ability to make her new family happy. She was quite sensitive towards Albert's needs, showing her constant concern and fondness. Christina was tenderhearted and sensitive, qualities that served her well in helping to nurture her family.
Christina was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Christina, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Parenting, she did with her whole heart. She'd give the world to her family and "no" wasn't in her vocabulary. Christina's skill at understanding her children's feelings, her sensitivity to their needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Christina was blessed with one son, Joseph, and two step-daughters, Kelsey and Karley. She and Albert were also blessed with six grandchildren: Braelynn, Haven, Steven, Jaxton, Sawyer, and Brooklynn.
Christina was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was food services. She was employed for 14 years by the Buehler's Mill Restaurant and the last 4 years by the Coshocton Elementary School. Christina was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Christina had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. She was always the one who got things done. When finished with her job, she would help all her coworkers see the job through. Christina's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.
Because Christina loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were caring for her cats and other animals. She also loved soap operas. It was a passion that she shared with her sister and they would compare notes about the shows they watched. Christina had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Christina's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.
Christina derived much satisfaction from participating in and watching sports. Her charisma, supportive nature and ability to improvise when called upon to do so all made perfect attributes for enjoying a great many sporting activities. Christina was also something of a sports fan and enjoyed watching her favorite events whenever she got the opportunity. Tops on her list were the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Nascar racing.
Throughout her life, Christina was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Christina seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Christina usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout her later years, Christina was an active member of the Coshocton Elks.
Christina was a woman who was dedicated and devoted to her faith. She was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church for 10 years. She was sympathetic and able to empathize with others and she used these qualities to the fullest while working tirelessly for her beliefs.
Christina's love of improvising in her daily life was a perfect fit for her enjoyment of traveling. Her favorite vacations were ones that were not planned. Traveling in a casual manor fit her personality well. Excited about seeing changing scenery and constantly looking for the enjoyment life could offer. Christina took her vacations seriously, well, as seriously as she possibly could. Her favorite vacations included going to Salt Fork State Park; however, she enjoyed the family getting together on vacation more than the vacation itself.
Christina was a lover of animals and cherished her pets. Josie, a mixed breed dog, was a best friend for 10 years. Her family was rounded out by her cats, Bunny and T.J.
Christina Abel passed away on May 14, 2018 from a blood disorder at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She is survived by her husband, Albert, son, Joseph, step-daughters, Kelsey and Karley, and six grandchildren. Services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church and she was laid to rest in South Lawn Cemetery in Coshocton, Ohio.
There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Christina. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Christina Abel for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Christina was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.