Christina Wileikis, 1945 - 2022

Fri, 08/05/2022 - 3:45pm

Christina “Tina” Wileikis passed away peacefully at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. on Monday, May 9 at the age of 77.  She was the daughter of the late Walter and Virginia (Race) Wileikis who lived in the East Granby/Simsbury Connecticut area for many years.  Tina was born in Northampton, Mass. on March 29, 1945 and then moved with her parents to Rockland County, New York.  In 1959 they moved to East Granby, Conn.  Tina graduated from University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music and then pursued her master’s in music from Columbia University.  Upon graduation she loaded her car and drove to Tombstone, Arizona to teach music.  After her western experience, she decided cooler weather was in order and moved to Stowe, Vermont to teach for several years before landing in Westchester County, New York.  

Inspired by her parents, Tina loved everything music.  She played the piano at a young age and then went on to learn guitar and the recorder.  Tina taught music for many years in the Lakeland Central School District in Shrub Oak, N.Y. until her retirement in 2005.  She was constantly sharing her love of music with her students and was director of many school musicals and conducted many recitals. Retirement provided more time to travel both domestically and internationally and with the Taconic Chorale Group she visited Switzerland, Greece, and Israel. She was a Deacon of the Peekskill Presbyterian Church and worked in the Lord’s Attic Pantry.    

Tina’s family fell in love with Block Island and spent summers on the island continuously since 1952.  After renting for many years, her parents built a house off of Mohegan Trail; a home that Tina graciously shared with family and many friends over the years. There were always trips to the beach, gin and tonics on the deck, clams in abundance, and BBQs near the surf. Tina was an active member of St. Ann’s Episcopal Church and loved to participate with the musical events.  

Tina is survived by several cousins, and many good friends.  A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at St. Ann’s Episcopal Church on Wednesday, August 17 with Reverend Eletha Buote-Greig officiating.  Internment of ashes will follow in the memorial garden. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Block Island Conservancy, St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, or to the Alzheimer’s Association.