Christine M. Pirrung, age 65, of Plymouth, died unexpectedly on Saturday, March 7, 2020 at her home. She was born in Beaver Dam, WI on December 24, 1954, the daughter of the late Leonard and Marion Flater Neuman.
She attended local schools in the Beaver Dam area and graduated from Beaver Dam High School 1973. Christine was employed at Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac for over 30 years in the business office. Prior to her retirement at MPTC she met the love of her life, Roy Pirrung. They were married within a year and celebrated their vows at St. Peter’s Cathedral, The Vatican, on November 27, 2012.
She was a member of St. Peter Claver Parish in Sheboygan and enjoyed attending Sunday Mass and loved to sing at church while holding Roy’s hand. Chris was an avid triathlete and later returned to her first passion, running. She was a frequent podium finisher. Christine was a member of the Fond du Lac Running Club and later the Badgerland Striders and Kohler Sports Core. Her running ended when back problems, caused by scoliosis, forced her to stop. Christine turned back to biking and swimming and strengthening exercises. The back pain did not subside, she feared further surgery and made a choice to end her life.
Survivors include her husband, Roy Pirrung; brothers and sisters, Robert (Christine) Neuman, Cheryl Neuman, Terrance Neuman, Royce Neuman, Gary Neuman, Mark (Debbie) Neuman, Laureen (Paul) White and Paula (Steve) Sabatke; a sister-in-law, Marlene Bretzmann and brothers-in-law, Gary Pirrung (and Colleen) and Don (JoAnn) Pirrung. She is further survived by a daughter-in-law, Christine (Ryan) Burg and their children, Katie, Alex and special friend, Martha Hill. She was preceded in death by parents, aunts and uncles.
In accordance to Christine’s wishes a private service will be held. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in Christine’s name and should be directed to the Special Olympics of Wisconsin, 2310 Crossroads Dr., Suite 1000, Madison, WI 53718. www.specialolympicswisconsin.org
The Reinbold-Novak Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.reinboldfh.com
Sending our deepest sympathies and memorial to the Special Olympics in honor of Chris. From her many friends in the Business Office at Moraine Park Technical College.
Both Barbara and I send our deepest condolences
Words cannot express our sympathy, but both of you are in our prayers. Christine is with God now and I'm sure she is basking in His love free of pain and worry. I believe she will be watching over you and waiting patiently for your company..
I will try and catch up with you when I get back to Wisconsin.
My condolences to you, Roy and your family.
Roy, our sorrow and prayers are with you in this difficult time. Keep the faith and joyful memories of
your times together.
Dear Roy, Stu and I are both so very saddened by the loss of Christine. I sat here for the longest time trying to put into words our sincere feelings about this tragic loss. I can't even begin to find the right words that will help you during this grieving process. The only thing I can say is, "God Bless you", and you are in our prayers! I never had the opportunity to spend time with Christine, other than a few reunions when we met briefly. I did, however, bump into Christine last summer at Kohl's when I was shopping. She didn't remember me, which was understandable. However, we struck a conversation that must have lasted 10 to 15 min. We just connected and enjoyed our brief encounter. I knew there and then what a great person she was to spend time with! Always in our hearts and please take care of yourself! All our love, Stu and Mary
Always enjoyed Chris. She was a straight shooter but did so with honesty integrity and grit. She gave more than she took. She will be missed.
So very sorry to hear the news of Christine. My thoughts are with you Roy.
Our deepest sympathy to you and the family. You're in our prayers.
Jim and Barb
Roy-I am very sorry for your loss of Christine. I know she will be surely missed in your life.
Are you still running and competing? I hope so.
I never met Christine but I have an idea that she must have been a wonderful person in order to link
Up with you. May God bless you and ease any suffering you may have.
If you want to go shore fishing in the big lake sometime this summer let me know. (920) 838-0792 Cell,
Or home 400-1451.
I still tell people that Larry and I helped you set the WI 24-hr record at Fdl years ago.
Me? I’m a cancer survivor and left a Eunick (sp?), so I fight a weigh problem continually. My older brother
Said “you’d be surprised what you can live with - if you want to live!
My thoughts and Prayers are with you Roy.
Roy, my thoughts and prayers go out to you for your loss of Chris. So sad. I knew Chris from biking with her on the 90's.
Roy and family,
I was shocked and very saddened to learn of Chris' recent passing. I have fond memories of the many, many lunch hours that we spent together at MPTC chatting about everything under the sun. How much she enjoyed running, and the well-deserved pride she had in her sporting accomplishments; tackling the challenge of learning how to swim, as an adult, so that she could compete in triathlons; her excitement upon purchasing her first home in Fond du Lac; and, and how "over the moon" she was after meeting Roy. A whole new, wonderful world opened up for Chris after that; well-deserved, and a joy to see.
Chris was a person that you could trust and confide in. If I needed a shoulder to cry on, which I did on many occasions, I knew that she would always be there for me. I will miss her, and I am sure that many others will, as well. My heartfelt sympathy to you and your family at this sad and difficult time.
So sorry for your loss Roy. May the many good memories you have bring you peace in this very hard time. God be with you.
Roy, our hearts ache for you....may God’s blessings and strength guide you moving forward. We’ll keep you in our thoughts and prayers..........take comfort that Chris is in God’s loving arms, free from pain.......God bless......
Roy, such sorrow to enter your heart. Many are thinking of you. God bless your sweet Christine. She was quite the lady.