Christine Marie Foster

Born April 18, 1969

Christine Marie Foster, age 45, of Hockessin, DE, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Born on April 18, 1969 in Wilmington, DE, she was the daughter of Maryann M. (Tomassoni) Terpenning and the late William Terpenning.

Christine attended St. Mark’s high school where she met her future husband. She later attended the University of Delaware where she earned a BA degree in chemistry.

During the 1990’s, Christine worked for Playtex in Dover as a product quality manager. She was an active American Chemical Society member, serving on the council for analytical reagents. For the past 16 years, she was a dedicated employee at Astra Zeneca, where she enjoyed her position as Global Senior Quality Assurance Supplier Manager working to improve the quality of medicines used around the world.

With strong passion and determination, Christine was proud to earn her 3rd degree Black Belt after fifteen years of training at Ambra Karate Academy.
She was recently a member of the Board of Directors for the Mid Atlantic Ballet school.

An avid traveler, Christine visited many foreign countries for both work and pleasure, spreading her love and compassion wherever she went. And when in exotic locations, she never missed an opportunity to scuba dive, being a NAUI certified diver.

Christine will always be remembered for her wonderful smile, positive attitude, spirit and the beauty she brought to each and every day. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, daughter-in-law and friend to many.

In addition to her mother, Maryann of Newark, Christine leaves many fond memories to her loving husband of 19 years, Sean M. Foster; loving daughter, Jillian Foster; sister, Nicole Hughes of Townsend, DE; maternal grandmother, Mary Tomassoni of Newark, DE and father-in-law, Allen Foster of Newark, DE.

A funeral service will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday evening, December 4, 2014 at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 W. Park Place, Newark, DE, where friends may visit with Christine’s family from 5:00-7:30 pm. Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mid Atlantic Ballet School, P.O. Box 161, Newark, DE 19715 or to Supporting Kidds, 1213 Old Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707.


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  • Sean, Jillian, Maryann and Nicole-

    We will forever miss Christine! She was an amazing woman who lit up a room. She will forever be remembered as our first “Family” member to join Ambra Karate. We are sending love and prayers to you all.
    The Ambra Family

  • I am truly sorry to hear of the loss of your wife. I know the pain you are experiencing right now can feel unbearable, so please lean on God, as he is “near those broken at heart.” Take comfort in knowing He hears our cries and empathizes with our pain. He brings us comfort by giving us the hope of seeing our loved ones again – “Many of those asleep in the…earth will wake up.” At that time we no longer have to worry about losing our loved ones, but we’ll have the opportunity to reside forever with them. (Daniel 12:2, Psalms 37:10, 11) As we await these promises, may her memory remain with you and may the loving support of family and friends sustain you in the days to come.

  • I remember first meeting Christine in 1st grade at McVay Elementary. Her curly red hair, and freckled face wearing a beautiful smile is what I remember of her. I remember during time and tell that she shared pictures of her being on a cruise ship during a vacation. She always wore the prettiest dresses. Even though my friendship with Christine was brief, she made an impression on me. Her inner strength to never let a bully bother her inspired me. It is not everyday that you meet someone like her. Often I wished I kept in touch with her. While just thinking of Christine, I came across her obituary. After seeing her again for the first time as an adult, I saw the 1st grader who was the first to befriended the new student in class. I am so pleased that she had a good life. I am sadden that she left so soon. My thoughts and prayers to her love ones.

  • Sean,
    I am very sorry to hear the news of Christine’s passing. I fondly remember having lunch with you and her at my mother’s (Erma) funeral a little over a year ago. I send my condolences. May your memories comfort you in these days ahead.
    –Doug Challenger

  • Christine and I were colleagues at AstraZeneca. The first time I visited Wilmington Offices, Ellen Zampini, Heléne Malloy and Sharon McHugh introduced me to Christine and we had immediate empathy. I liked her a lot, her big smile, courtesy and I will always remember her as a very lively and friendly person. The only reason I can think God took her to Heaven is because the Angels were becoming sad and they needed joy and encouragement. I am deeply sorry about your loss, there are not enough words to say; all I can is God bless you Sean & Jill, and gives you peace in your hearts. Christine will always be alive in our hearts and undoubtedly, she will be fondly missed.

    Rest in peace, dear Christine. So talented and wonderful lady!

    With deep respect from Mexico.

    Patricia Galván

  • Sean I am very sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.
    I remember both of you from high school as the nicest kids and great students.
    Know that you have a lot of prayers and strength coming from St Marks class of “87.
    Holly Axtell Winje

  • Despite working with Christine for less than a year, when we met or talked on the phone it felt like we were old friends. She was a pleasure to work with; sensible, completely professional and always cheerful. I particularly recall a fun evening at the Cheesecake Factory recently where we chatted, laughed and compared notes on our Minecraft-loving children. I will miss Christine very much and my heart goes out to her family.

  • We at Berry Plastics were greatly saddened to learn of Christine’s passing. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have worked with her for several years as a supplier to Astra Zeneca, and she will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and co-workers at AZ during this difficult time.

  • Our deepest condolences, our thoughts are with Christine´s family.
    She will be sadly missed by the Geodis Wilson team.

  • Sean and Jillian; I remember when Christine you and Jillian came down to the house last summer for a visit. Her and Patti had a wonderful discussion around the table. They discussed everything laughing and carrying on so. She had a depth of understanding that was so refreshing.
    Please let me know if there is ANYTHING we can do..

    Love always, Uncle Mike and Patti

  • I will always remember Christine as a positive light in this world. I enjoyed working with her on many different improvement projects at AZ. She was so pleasant and knowledgeable; we relied on her insight every day. I also am so for our recent dinner at Cheesecake Factory not that long ago with Helen, Sharon and others. She talked lovingly about her daughter and husband. May God bless you with peace during this difficult time.

  • It was such a joy to see Christine interact with Jillian at the dance studio. Christine was so loving and gentle with Jillian, and as a mother myself, she inspired me in many ways. Her generous, uplifting spirit brightened the studio! I loved how often we laughed together 🙂 Christine’s beautiful smile, warm and welcoming eyes, her lightheartedness and positive attitude will be missed greatly and fondly remembered. It was an honor to have had the privilege to know Christine.

  • Sean,
    I was so upset to hear about Christine’s passing. Words cannot convey the hurt you and your family must feel with the loss of such a wonderful woman.

    Although we have never met, I want to pass on something your mother told me when I was about your age, just after we had both been awarded our black belts. She gave me a little magnet that said:

    “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”

    I feel that this truly capture your mother’s beautiful outlook on life and I keep that magnet on my fridge to remind me every day.

    So sorry for your loss, she will be missed.

    Elise Sanker (Ayers)

  • Sean, I am so sorry to hear about Christine’s sudden passing. Your family is in my prayers. I will pray that Jesus pulls you, Jillian, and your families in closer to His heart through this, and that you feel His comfort like never before.