BANGOR – Cristin Sullivan Warstler, 37, known to everyone as “Cristy,” passed away Jan. 14, 2009, surrounded by her family, at a Bangor hospital, after a five-year battle with breast cancer. She was the beloved wife of Todd Michael Warstler. Cristy was born Nov. 9, 1971, in Huntington, N.Y. She was raised in Silver Spring, Md., where she graduated from Paint Branch High School in 1989. Cristy graduated from Allegheny College in 1993, with a degree in psychology, and went on to graduate studies at West Michigan University. At Western Michigan she attained a master’s degree in applied behavior analysis in 1995, and a Ph.D. in child clinical psychology in 1999. She completed her post doctoral fellowship in pediatric psychology at West Virginia University in 2000. Cristy worked at Eastern Maine Medical Center as a pediatric clinical psychologist. She also held adjunct positions at the University of Maine, Department of Clinical Psychology and Tufts Medical School, Department of Pediatrics. She specialized within the area of autism and spectrum disorders, as documented in her publications. She especially enjoyed working with childhood anxiety disorders and pediatric health psychology, but at her core was a deep felt desire to help others. Cristy served as a volunteer and previous board member, education chair, to the Maine Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. She was committed to educating others about the fact that breast cancer has no age boundaries. She had also served on the board of directors for the United Cerebral Palsy and providers advisory board of the Childhood Development Services. She was honored with the Maine Leadership Award, which was presented at the Blaine House in October 2006. She was also nominated for the National Volunteer Award for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation and received the Survivor of the Year Award at the 2007 Maine Race for the Cure, fundraising event for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. In 2008 “Team Cristy” was the leading fundraiser for the 2008 Maine Race for the Cure. In addition to her husband, Cristy is survived by her parents, Barry and Judith Sullivan of East Dennis, Mass.; her sister, Dawn Van Ness and her husband, Todd, of San Diego; her brother, Kevin Sullivan of Waltham, Mass., and his wife, Kristina; several nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by her dog, Toby; and her cat, Cuddles. Her life will be celebrated at a memorial service 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 23, at All Souls Congregational Church, 10 Broadway, Bangor, with the Dr. James L. Haddix, pastor and teacher and the Rev. Dr. Rex Garrett, director of chaplaincy services at Eastern Maine Medical Center, officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome to share conversation and refreshment in the church vestry after the service. In lieu of flowers, Cristy requested to have donations go to the Maine Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, P.O. Box 1626, Bangor, ME 04402 or the American Cancer Society. A service of Brookings-Smith, Bangor.
CRISTIN SULLIVAN WARSTLER, PH.D.
Posted Jan. 16, 2009, at 7:38 p.m.