Christine "Crissy" Kathryn Galichia
Crissy Galichia, born on June 8, 1978, passed away on July 5, 2023. She was a remarkable individual who touched the lives of many with her loving and joyful spirit.
Crissy had an uncanny ability to understand when someone needed a hug or a listening ear. Her emotional intelligence was at a genius level, allowing her to sense when people were in pain and offer comfort. But she didn’t just empathize with others during difficult times; she also celebrated every joy in life, no matter how small. There were no biases in her heart – she loved everyone regardless of the color of their skin or any other factor. If you had a good heart, Crissy saw it and welcomed you into her life.
One of Crissy’s standout qualities was her readiness to express love. She was quick to say “I love you” to the people around her, ensuring that they knew how important they were to her. And who could forget her famous inquiry, “what doing?” She always showed genuine interest in others and engaged in meaningful conversations.
Crissy’s education journey took her through Rainbows United, Robinson Middle School, Wichita East High School, and Chisholm Life Skills School where she graduated. She actively participated in Special Olympics and ARC summer camps as a cheerleader, bowler, and swimmer.
Her vibrant personality shone through every interaction. Crissy possessed a mischievous sense of humor that never failed to bring smiles to those around her. She loved holding hands, hugging, dancing, and snuggling. Through few words but powerful actions, she communicated comfort, acceptance, and love. Crissy had an extraordinary gift for recognizing people with kind and generous hearts; she brought forth their best and most authentic selves. She lived authentically as well – fully embracing who she was with an open and available heart. By being herself unapologetically, she made the world a better and gentler place.
Crissy was proud of her accomplishments, including swimming, bowling, karaoke, dancing, and attending movies and musicals. Dressing up for events such as Prom, ARC dances, and Night to Shine dances brought her immense joy. She loved working out with swim coaches and trainers at Wichita Country Club and Genesis. Despite losing her vision, she found solace in art therapy at Envision. Her artwork was even featured in the group show at the Wave. Crissy also enjoyed competing in pageants like Miss Unstoppable, where she won first runner-up and Miss Congeniality. In 2014, she received a standing ovation at Rainbow United’s Fashion Passion event.
Crissy’s spirit touched many beyond personal accomplishments. Her brother Paul immortalized her in his short film “Wanted Man,” inspired by her strength and resilience. She also had a profound impact on her late uncle Fred White who co-created the Royal for Rainbows annual golf charity event in Wichita. Through her unique gift for inspiring patience, openness, acceptance, and finding pleasure in simple things, Crissy inspired those around her to cherish every moment.
She defied all odds and expectations throughout her life. Crissy had the opportunity to travel to various places including New York City to indulge in Broadway musicals, Vail, Colorado to try skiing, yearly trips to Florida for Disney World adventures and beach time with her mom and family. She also visited the family ranch, where riding the Sea-Doo on the lake with her dad brought tremendous joy. Additionally, she explored California and New Mexico to spend time with her sister and brother.
Crissy leaves behind cherished memories with her surviving family members: mother, Kathryn Boxberger Galichia; father, Dr. Joseph Galichia; sister, Stephanie Galichia Troth and husband Ted; brother, Paul Galichia and wife Katherine; niece, Poppy Galichia and nephew, Von Galichia of Venice, CA; and half-sister, Isabella Galichia. She will be deeply missed by Aunt Barbara White from Leawood, KS; Uncle Dr. Greg Boxberger from Wichita; and aunts, Sharon Brandenberg from Parsons, KS and Mary Carol Pomatto (Bob) from Pittsburg, KS. Crissy’s cousins, Jill Boxberger Lamoureux (Haven Lamoureux), Geoff Boxberger, John Boxberger, Joe White (Brenda), Jill Adams (David), Bridget Foster (Terry), and Jacquelyn Bernhardt (Eric) will also cherish her memory.
Crissy is preceded in death by her beloved grandfather, Raymond Boxberger and grandmother, Celia Boxberger from Russell, KS. She is also preceded by her loving grandfather, Joe Galichia and grandmother, Natalie Huber from Arma, KS. Additionally, she joins her late uncle, Fred White from Leawood, KS.
A Celebration of Life reception for Crissy will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2023, from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the Cozine Life Events Center in Wichita, Kansas.
Crissy taught us so many things in her life, especially the fundamental simple things to appreciate. Hug each other often. Tell people you love them. Keep a smile and a warm heart at the ready for anyone who needs it. Watch a movie, sing a song, and relax a little. Hold hands together, and all will be okay.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial gifts be made to Rainbows United, 3223 North Oliver Avenue, Wichita, KS 67220 or a charity of your choice.