Barbara Sue Christy

March 8, 1941April 29, 2021

Barbara Sue Christy age 80 of Gary, IN, passed away April 29, 2021 in Portage, IN. She was born March 8, 1941 in Shawneetown, IL to the late Randall and Susan (Duckworth) Rister. Barbara attended Calumet High School and graduated in 1959. She was a receptionist at LaSalle Steel before becoming a full-time mom to her two sons. Barbara enjoyed visiting with friends and family, in particular lunching at Cracker Barrel. She was an avid reader with a keen interest in Native American history. In her quiet moments she enjoyed writing poetry and reading her daily devotionals. And as anyone who knew Barbara is aware, she was a lifelong Elvis Presley fan.

Barbara is survived by her sisters, Janice Sopko and Renda Griffith; two sons, Daniel and Stephen, daughter-in-law Katherine, grandchildren, Liam (7) and August (5), and cherished nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents Randall and Susan Rister.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, May 6, 2021 from 3:00-7:00 PM at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home 8178 Cline Avenue Crown Point, IN. Interment at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 11:00 AM. Due to the current health concerns with COVID-19, masks will be required while visiting and social distancing recommendations followed.


  • Memorial Visitation

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Friday, May 7, 2021


Barbara Sue Christy

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Lisa Hunsley

May 6, 2021

Aunt Barbara you are missed so much already. Thank you for always being so sweet and thoughtful. I always loved when you would call me Hun❤
Daniel and Stephen , know that your mom was always so proud of you. We would never have a conversation without her bragging on both of you, she loved you dearly. ❤