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She was born January 20, 1950 in North Carolina to Henry and Lottie Jablonski Vander Heiden. Chris married Tim Minella and they later divorced.
A graduate of Knoxville High School, Chris had worked as a C.N.A. and a server at JB's. She was known for her smile, laugh, being positive and inspiring others.
Chris is survived by her son, Jeff (Dovie) Minella; 2 grandchildren, Emily and Brianna; adopted grandchildren, David (Candice), Heather (Yoshi), Jake, Josh (Nisha) and Seth.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Henry Vander Heiden Jr.
Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Thursday at Reece Funeral Home with Pastor Marty Schmidt officiating.
Cremation will follow the services.
Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Wednesday with the family present from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Memorials may be made to the family.
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