Christine (Smith) Wood, 91, a long time resident of Harwich passed away Friday, July 13 at Cape Cod Hospital. Christine was well known and appreciated for being an active volunteer in Harwich. In 2010, she was the recipient of the Community Service Award of the Year in appreciation for being a Past Chair and member of the Harwich Council on Aging, serving on the town’s 300th Anniversary Committee, the Brooks Academy Commission, Harwich Housing Committee, Harwich Center Initiative Group, Historic Commission, Harwich Family Pantry and a long standing member of the Cemetery Committee. She was employed by the Robert E. Joy Company of West Harwich for 35 years.
She leaves her daughter Lynne Casale and husband Ralph of Plymouth, a granddaughter Christine Casale of Somerville, and her step grandchildren Ralph Casale III of Westford, Linda Frascarella of Maryland, and Joseph Casale of Framingham. She is also survived by her nieces Anne Nevin of Martha’s Vinyard, Nancy Nevin of Florida and Mary Jane Nevin of Boston and many grand nieces & nephews. She also leaves her “Gal Friday” Brenda Weeks of Harwich. She was predeceased by her sisters Eileen Kraus of Dennis, Mary Jane Nevin of Martha’s Vineyard and her nephew Jack Nevin of Martha's Vineyard. Christine was known by many to be outgoing, steadfast and willing to help others. She accepted her daughter's new large family and attended many of their Holiday functions and other gatherings. She was known for her strong opinions on politics, religion, and certainly women’s rights and loved sharing her thoughts on these topics and many others. She was always receiving guests at her home greeting them with a hot cup of tea, cake and occasional stronger beverage, when required. She loved being with her friends and entertaining.
She will be missed by her friends, family, pets and the squirrels and birds she kept fat and happy in her back yard.
Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, July 19 from 4-7 pm at Morris, O’Connor & Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main Street Harwich Center. A Funeral Mass will be held on Friday, July 20 at 10 am at Holy Trinity Church, Route 28 West Harwich. Burial will be private.