Christopher Welch

Obituary of Christopher G. Welch

     Mr. Christopher G. Welch, 71, of Marcy, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019 at Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare in New Hartford, with his loving family by his side.

     Christopher was born in West Hartford, CT on January 25, 1948, the son of Francis X. and Ione (Blommer) Welch.  His family came to Utica when Chris was 4, and he was raised and educated locally, graduating from UFA in 1965.  He later graduated from MVCC in 1973 and earned his bachelor’s degree from SUNY in 1975.  Christopher honorably served in the US Navy from 1968-1971.  Christopher was united in marriage with Rosemary Giiffune, a devoted union of nearly 37 years, until Rosemary’s death in 2016.  From 1970-1972, Chris was the co-owner of the Way Back Inn in North Utica and from 1977 until his retirement in 2014, was general manager of the Gateway Inn in N. Utica.  He was the President of the N. Utica Senior Center Board of Director, a 34-year member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, FOE 97 in Deerfield, and was extremely proud to have been a “Dawes Ave. Boy”. 

     Mr. Welch is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Michael and Gina Welch of Marcy and Jason Welch of Marcy; four cherished grandchildren, Michael Christopher Welch, Nicholas Frank Welch, Noelle Marie Welch and John Anthony Welch; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Patrick J. Welch of Ney, MT, Mark T. and Janet Welch of Mt. Prospect, IL and Peter F. and Marcia Welch of Kapaa, HI; his mother-in-law, Doreen Giffune of New Hartford; nieces and nephews, Carly Baker, Marcella Welch, Emily Welch, Kate Welch, Taylor Welch, Daniel Welch, Katherine Welch and Annamarie Welch and his canine companion, Brody. He was predeceased by his brother, Lawrence J. Welch in 1977 and sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Yvette and Edward Dunn.

     Mr. Welch’s funeral will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2019 at 10:15 a.m. at the Heintz Funeral Home, 408 Herkimer Rd., N. Utica and 11:00 at St. Mark’s Church where his Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated.  His Rite of Committal and burial will be held at the convenience of the family.  Calling hours for family and friends are Friday from 4:00-7:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Utica Rescue Mission, 293 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13501 in Chris’ memory.

     Mr. Welch’s family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the doctors, nurses and staff of Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare for the wonder care and compassion you provided to Chris during his illness. 

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4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, August 30, 2019
Heintz Funeral Service Inc. - Herkimer Road
408 Herkimer Road
Utica, New York, United States

Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am
Saturday, August 31, 2019
St. Mark's Church
440 Keyes Rd.
Utica, New York, United States


Utica Rescue Mission 293 Genesee St. Utica, NY 13501
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