CHRISTINA HOUSMAN

Christina A (Bliss) Housman, 85, of Perrysburg, passed away peacefully with her husband at her side on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at the Manor of Perrysburg. She was born July 25, 1932, in Rimer Hill, Pennsylvania, the ninth of 10 children born to Albert W. and Frances M. (Englert) Bliss. She was a 1952 graduate of Kittanning High School in Kittanning, Pennsylvania, moving to northwest Ohio in 1958, where she met her future husband, Harold F. Housman. They were married April 23, 1960, at the St. Rose Chapel in Perrysburg. Christina was a woman of strong faith, who was kind and generous. She had been a longtime member of Zoar Lutheran Church, Perrysburg, where she taught Sunday School and assisted with the music programs. In later years, she attended St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Bowling Green. For many years, she was a room mother in her daughter’s classrooms at Perrysburg Schools. She loved listening to music, playing the piano, chocolate candy, and a good cup of black coffee. She had a strong work ethic, and was employed by several of the prominent families of Perrysburgin their homes as a governess for 21 years, retiring in 1979. Many of the children she helped raise kept in contact with her throughout the years. Christina was active with her husband on their farm, Hal-Crest Acres near Bowling Green, raising and breeding Percheron draft horses, plus other livestock. With declining eyesight, she had completed many courses from the Hadley School for the Blind. This allowed her to remain active as an independent farm partner and housewife, managing her home without aid or assistance well into her 70s. She is survived by her loving husband of more than 57 years, Harold F. Housman; a daughter, Hallie F. (Edwin) Nagel of Perrysburg, and grand-dog Dixie. Christina was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, William Bliss, Paul Bliss, Elmer Bliss and Joseph Bliss, and sisters, Florence Hartman, Irene Hicks, Marie Wensel, Jane Fry and Dorothy Bee. She always had a desire to help others, her final gift being an anatomical donation to the University of Toledo Medical Center. Per her wishes, there will be no services. Memorial contributions may be made in Christina's memory to the Sight Center of Northwest Ohio, 1002 Garden Lake Parkway, Toledo OH 43614.

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