Anthony Chriest

Born: Fri., Aug. 16, 1940
Died: Sun., Dec. 20, 2020

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Anthony “Tony” Chriest, 80, of North East passed away on Sunday, December 20, 2020 at his residence. He was born on August 16, 1940 in Erie, Pa., the son of the late Anthony and Mary (Burgess) Chriest. Tony graduated from North East High School in 1958 and was later the owner and operator of grape farms in Westfield, Ripley and North East. He was a member of St. Gregory Thaumaturgus Church, North East Moose Club #2568, the Brotherhood of St. Joseph’s Club, and was an avid golfer. He was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph R. Chriest on January 16, 2020. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Louise. (Verakis) Chriest; children, Jeannine Thornton (Joe) of Tolland, Connecticut, Carolyn Swenson (Chris) of Tarrytown, N.Y., Michael Chriest (Wendy) of Virginia Beach, Va., David Chriest (Stacy) of Peoria, Ariz., Renee Fuchs (Matthew) of Edinboro, Pa., son-in-law Robert Bennett of North East, Pa., as well as 16 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Tony leaves behind many beloved relatives and life-long friends. Private funeral arrangements are being handled by the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East. Memorials may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Brother Erik
   Posted Fri December 25, 2020
To the friends and family of Mr. Chriest,
We are truly sad for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are frequent for those who suffer due to the anguish of losing a loved one. We all experience this loss but the Bible teaches that soon death will end at Revelation 21:3,4
The scriptures brought us comfort when we've lost loved ones and I hope it helps by providing comfort at this most difficult time. For comfort from the Bible, please visit

Michael Gaines
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
Dear Louise,

Please allow me to offer my deepest sympathies to you and your family on Tony’s death. Our faith assures us that death is a birth into eternal life. Tony is now in the arms of God. I will remember him, you and your family in my prayers. Michael Gaines

Patricia B Britt
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020 deepest sympathy to you and your family on Tony's passing. Sincerely, Patti Britt

Carol Rumberger Deatherage
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
Sorry to see a member of the Class of 1958 pass away. Condolences to the family. RIP Tony.

Katie Chriest
   Posted Sun December 27, 2020
Thinking of you and wishing you peace, Louise and all.

Take care,
Katie (Mike's daughter)

Dottie Brigham Burfield
   Posted Tue December 29, 2020
Dear Louise and Family,
My deepest sympathy to you on the loss of Tony.
Dottie Brigham Burfield

Valerie Hayes/Jack Rizzo
   Posted Fri January 01, 2021
Deepest sympathy to Louise and Family. Tony will be missed. From Valerie Hayes and Jackie Rizzo

Dave Momberger
   Posted Fri February 26, 2021
For Tony's Family;

I heard of Tony's death through Growers Co-Op and wanted to send along my prayers and condolences to the family. Tony was a loyal Co-Op member and tested and challenged me along the way as we tried to improve the farmers returns for the grapes they delivered. No one was happier than Tony when things eventually turned around and our efforts paid off, I just wish it could have happened sooner.
I remember his friendliness, humor and smile. He was a salt of the earth kind of man. I'm sure he is adding his light to heaven.

Dave Momberger

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