James Vincent “G. G.” Christoff

James Vincent “G. G.” Christoff, 89, a resident of Fairview Manor in Erie and formerly of 520 Brusselles Street, St. Marys, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012 at the UPMC Hamot Hospital in Erie.

He was born January 5, 1923 in Ridgway, son of the late Chester and Lena Piccirillo Christoff.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and was a graduate of St. Leo’s High School, Class of 1941.  He was also a graduate of the DuBois Business College.  He was an employee of the former Kanter’s Store in St. Marys and Port Allegany, was owner of the former Deb Shoppe in St. Marys and retired in 1989 from the Dickinson Mental Health Center.

On June 5, 1947 in the Sacred Heart Church, he married Dorothy Vollmer, who survives.  He is also survived by a daughter, Connie Garrison (John) of Erie; two sons, James Christoff (Diane) of Syracuse, NY, Michael Christoff of Treasure Lake; eight grandchildren, Broderick Christoff, Emily House, Stephanie Shreve, Michelle Johnson, James Garrison, Sean Garrison, Morgan Garrison and Joshua Garrison; seven great grandchildren; and two sisters, Lucille Unick of Cleveland, OH and Dolores “Dee Dee” Westphal of Erie, PA.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Dagustine; and by three brothers, William, Samuel and Chester Christoff.

Mr. Christoff was a member of the Queen of the World Church, a Veteran of the Army having served with the 489th Battalion in the South Pacific for three years during WWII, was a 50 year member of the St. Marys Lions Club, a member of the K of C, the DuBois DAV, a former member of the Elk County Assessment Board, a former member of the St. Marys Zoning Board and a former member of the Ridgway Drum and Bugle Corp.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the Queen of the World Church on Friday, February 17, 2012 with the Rev. Michael Ferrick, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the St. Marys Lions Club, PO Box 124, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Shirley and Jim McGonnell February 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Dear Dorothy and family,
We were very sorry to hear about Jim. You have our sympathy.We will be down here in Florida until March 12th.We will always remember how Jim enjoyed life and we will miss him.

ELK COUNTY COURTHOUSE EMPLOYEES February 16, 2012 at 2:16 am

On behalf of the employees of Elk County Courthouse we express our deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your husband and father.

Mary Lechner Elliott February 16, 2012 at 3:48 am

Dear Dorothy and family,
I remember with great fondness the years I worked at the Deb Shoppe. You and Jim were so kind and patient with me and taught me a lot about being a responsible employee. You have my sincere sympathy. Mary

Lucille E. Unick February 17, 2012 at 4:21 am

To all the family of James Christoff,
I ‘m so sorry I couldn’t be there to say goodbye to my loving brother. I will miss him so very much. He was a man of compassion & always had time for others & was there for me. My love & prayers are with all of you.
Loving Sister,

Jerry & Carol Brunner February 22, 2012 at 1:14 am

Was in Lions with Jim for a lot of years before moving to Arizona. Always liked and respected Jim. Sincere condolences to the entire family.

Jerry & Carol Brunner

Mary Jo Zimmett February 28, 2012 at 2:26 am

Mrs. Christoff & family –
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband & father. Dad always enjoyed visiting with him and especially sharing camping stories. You were good back door neighbors for so many years. May all the good memories help you through the difficult days ahead.
Mary Jo (Dorsey) Zimmett

Mary Simons Meyer ECCHS '65 February 28, 2012 at 5:17 am

Dear Connie,
May I express to you my sympathy on the death of your dad, Jim. He and your mother were always so friendly to me through the years. They were kind when we were in school together, and when I began working in the advancement office for our Catholic schools, they were always interested in hearing about our students and how our schools were doing. May our dear Lord comfort you in your grief and may they both now abide in God’s eternal Love.
In sympathy,
Mary Simons Meyer, Elk County Christian High School ’65

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