Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

Minisink Valley HS Mourns Passing of School Counselor

Christine Thomas

SLATE HILL – In a letter to the community, dated May 3, 2017, Brian C. Monahan, Superintendent of Schools of Minisink Valley Central School District in Slate Hill stated, “It is with profound sadness that we acknowledge the sudden passing of Christine Thomas, a long-time counselor at Minisink Valley High School. Mrs. Thomas served in our high school counseling department for 16 years and was a valued and beloved member of our school community. She will be dearly missed. This tragic news is distressing for all of us, so school counselors will be available throughout the district for anyone who may need support. We want to be particularly watchful over our students in the days and weeks ahead. Children grieve in different ways. Some may be very upset while others may exhibit seemingly inappropriate responses. Even if your child has not had direct ties to Mrs. Thomas, he/she may still be affected by this news. If you feel your child would benefit from the support of counseling services, and/or if you have concerns about their well-being, please do not hesitate to contact their teacher or school counselor. Our thoughts are with Mrs. Thomas’s family at this time, and we are committed to doing everything we can to support her family, our staff, and our students through this difficult time.”

In Christine Thomas’ obituary it stated she died on May 1, 2017; she was 48 years old and resided in Middletown.

She graduated from the University of Albany and went to work as a social worker for Child Protective Services. Upon completion of her Master’s degree from Long Island University, she spent 19 years as a school counselor for both the Minisink Valley and Port Jervis school districts. Chris was a tireless advocate for those in need; evident by the countless students who maintained contact long after they parted ways professionally.

As a volunteer, Christine contributed her time to Minisink Cares, Rachel’s Challenge, and spent time as both the Junior and Senior class advisor; you could often find her making cocoa at football games on Fall Fridays, or selling tickets at basketball games throughout the Winter.

Christine is survived by her husband, Brent Thomas; her sisters Kathleen Jensen (Terry) and Kim Bushane (Albert); brother-in-law, Scott Jensen, as well as her nieces and nephews; Drew and Taylor Jensen and Albert and Isabella Bushane.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at Donovan Funeral Home in Goshen, with a Funeral Mass taking place at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 7 at the Goodwill Church in Montgomery, NY, with a 1 hour visitation taking place prior to the service. A private entombment will take place on Monday, May 8th.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to JDRF (jdrf.org), St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 and North Shore Animal League, 25 Davis Ave, Port Washington, NY 11050.

    • Thank you Darrell. My sister and I shared our love of Rachel’s challenge and she modeled Rachel’s beliefs! She came to my school to see the Rachel’s Challenge Assembly each time we had the program at my school! I will carry her legacy on and live all my days helping others and shining her light!

  1. We send our most sincere condolences to Mrs. Thomas’ family. She truly made a difference in our daughter’s life as she prepares to graduate high school. May her memory be a blessing!

  2. Brittany Petitti

    If it wasn’t for Mrs.Thomas’ help I wouldn’t have adjusted to the school very well like I did… It was my third school this year I wasn’t scared or anything I had no friends my only friend there was Mrs.Thomas I use to go to her office I don’t know how many times a day.

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