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Christine H Bolen

Helen Christine Bolen, 88, went home to be with the Lord on June 3, 2020.  Christine was born June 7, 1931 to Ernest and Nettie Newberry in Akron, OH. She was a foster parent for 40 years and had a positive effect on almost 70 foster children.  Christine was also a faithful member of City Church.

She taught Sunday School at the Akron Baptist Temple for 53 years and was a member of the Temple family for 75 years, during the leadership of the Billington Family.

Christine was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Ivan; sister, Beatrice Wilson; and brother, Joel Newberry.

She leaves behind sons, Eugene (Beverly), Denny, Brian (Grace); daughters, Brenda (Jim) Field, Tracy (David) Bloom; grandchildren, Greg, Kari (Jake), Jennifer (Aaron), Amanda, Shannon (fiancé Collin), Sarah, Dennis, Spencer, and Olivia; great-grandchildren, Aubri, Mariella, Emma, Madison, Daniel, Christopher, and Annaliese; sisters, Barbara (John) Rusnack , Cheryl (Ron) Dozzier; and many nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held for Christine on Monday, June 8, 2020 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Akron, Ohio, starting at 11 a.m. at the cemetery gravesite with Pastor Dallas Billington officiating.

The funeral home will be receiving flowers in memory of Christine on Sunday, June 7, 2020 at the Bacher Funeral Home in Norton. 

The family requests that you practice safe social distancing and wear a mask to protect those around you.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to City Church, 3000 Krebs Rd. Akron, Ohio 44319 in memory of Christine.

You may share photos, memories, and other condolences with Christine’s Family on her Tribute Wall , located above.


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Grandma may have just been my foster mom but Im my heart she was and is my grandmother. Grandma, thank you for all the amazing years you were in my life because of you I want to adopt children. Thank you for showing and teaching me the Lords grace and how much he loves me. Thank you for the wonderful memories. Im going to miss you but I will carry on you legacy. Grandma until we meet again, Susie.

Susie Jun 14 2020 12:00 AM

Christine and Ivan will always have a special place in our entire family's heart. They took such loving care of our children when they were young and I was working. We were truly blessed to have both of them in our lives. Christine always had a heart of gold and stayed in touch with us over the years and it was always a special time when we visited with her. Brooke even named her blanket Christine after her and she still has it to this day. God Bless you Christine, we will miss you and are heartbroken by our loss.

Craig, Sheryl, Jordan, Brooke, Zach and Logan West Jun 8 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Christine Bolen

Paula and Jerry Duckworth-Collins Cousin Jun 7 2020 12:00 AM

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Friends and Family Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM