October 8, 1930 – November 24, 2019
Violet Christoff passed away at age 89. Violet was born in Fort Wayne in October of 1930, the daughter of Cyril and Luba Eshcoff Christoff. Violet’s birth was difficult which impacted her health for life.
Her early childhood was spent in South Bend living in an apartment above her parents business ‘The Diana’, a soda shop and restaurant featuring their homemade chocolates.
The family returned to Fort Wayne in the late 1940’s. Violet attended and graduated from South Side High School. Due to her physical condition Violet could not use her hands well so her cousins Virginia Christ Tsuleff and LaVerne Christ Tsiguloff were given permission to write for Violet her homework and when taking tests; they wrote but the work was always Violet’s. Violet was a bright student and a whiz in math!
She was proud of her Macedonian heritage and ability to speak the language. She was the first grandchild of Vasil and Olga Eshcoff and learned much from them about the ‘Old Country’.
Violet’s favorite things were 1950’s music which she listened faithfully to on WOWO; Soap Operas (never call her at 2:00!) and chocolates. She also loved her church St. Nicholas where she sang for many years in the choir. It was in the Choir that Violet enjoyed being with her 3 best girlfriends Hope Corson, Ruthie Traycoff and the late Dorothy Stavreti. These three ‘angels’ brought a lifetime of thoughtfulness, kindness, friendship and laughter; they meant the world to her.
Violet, though limited in body, was a character who could cut loose with salty language and leave everyone laughing. She also liked to ask people who they wanted for President only to say she “wanted the other guy!”; she loved to get people going.
Life had been difficult for Violet, but she is no longer limited by the afflictions of her body; now she knows the joy of being reunited with long-missed family and, most important, she knows the Love of God.
Violet is survived by many cousins and her two special ‘angels’ friends.
Services will be at 5:30 PM Friday, November 29, 2019 at Hockemeyer Miller Funeral Home 6131 St. Joe Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46835. Visitation will be from 3:00 PM until 5:30 PM on Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be at 10 AM on Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne, IN. Online guest book at www.dignitymemorial.com
Memorial donations for Violet Christoff may be directed to the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church - 3535 Crescent Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
- Calling Friday, November 29, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, November 29, 2019
- Committal Service Saturday, November 30, 2019
- Preferred Memorial
November 26, 2019
I worked at Covington Manor from 1997-2004 and Violet became a great friend. I remember taking her to Rally's for lunch and driving around after. She loved it. She loved watching Everybody Loves Raymond after supper and she also loved Engelbert Humperdinck so I got her an autographed picture of him for Christmas one year. She was such a delight to be around and I am so sad that I didn't get to say goodbye. I saw her last in the hospital but that has been months ago. She loved her family and especially her mother for whom she mourned for when she passed. I will never forget Violet and her awesome sense of humor. My condolences to the family 🙏
November 25, 2019
I always enjoyed making Violet laugh. Her laugh was infectious and it truly came from the heart. I alway remember her calling my name when at dances or parties, and I could never refuse her request to come over to her. She would grab my hand and I would kiss her on the cheek and we would talk and laugh. Violet you were truly loved. Peace be with you. Deacon Steven Tsuleff.