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    In Memory of Christine M Richardson

    Christine Mary Richardson (nee Bennett) peacefully passed away Monday, May 21, 2018, surrounded by family. Christine was born to Tom and Iris Bennett in Astwood Bank, England on September 28, 1943. Christine married Peter Geoffrey Richardson May 16, 1964 and lived in Inkberrow, England where she became the loving mother of three sons, David, Michael and Philip.

    Peter and Christine moved to the United States in June 1974 and made new roots in Hanover Park, Illinois. Together they found and ran the Northern Illinois Soccer League which began in 1975 with 4 teams and grew to over 1,000 teams and continues to operate today. In 2005, Christine was named as one of the Illinois State Soccer Association’s “Illinois Women In Soccer” honorees for her passion, service and influence in youth soccer.

    Christine enjoyed working in her family’s soccer business, growing and nurturing her english garden, cooking large meals for her family and keeping up on the Royal English Family. Christine’s greatest joy was spending time with her family both in the United States and in England.

    Family members and friends knew her to be wise, kind, generous, loving, thoughtful, diligent and always available for a conversation.

    Christine is survived by her beloved husband Peter, sons David (Mary), Michael (Katie), Philip, and her treasured grandchildren, Christopher, Kelsey, Mallory, Ian, Andrew, Chloe, Hannah, Kendall, Derek, CJ, Kenzie and another grandchild due in August 2018. She is also survived in England by her loving brother Colin (Lorina) Bennett, Brother-in Law John (Sheila) Richardson and the families of her 8 nieces and nephews. Her dear sister Pat (Roy) Darvill and her niece Katherine Darvill preceded her in death.


    A visitation will be held Thursday, May 31, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory, 950 South Bartlett Road (& Stearns) , Bartlett, IL 60103 followed by a private service for the family Friday, June 1.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society,,
    For information (630)289-7575 or







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