Witty, warm, humorous, smart, and quick, Kristina Morgan loved life. Beloved by her two children (Ana and Will Fazzina) and husband (Scott Fazzina), Kris was also greatly loved by her family and friends. She loved her siblings and siblings-in-law with all of her heart and was dedicated to making them laugh every time they were together. She leaves them heartbroken by her passing (Sally Reis Renzulli and Joe Renzulli, Jane and Jack Wiggin, Rick and Peg Morgan, John and Melissa Morgan, and Beth and Bill Keyt). She was the cherished aunt of 20 plus nieces and nephews and never was anything but loving and kind to all of them, even when they screwed up. An unrivaled sender of care packages, she did not have one judgmental or unkind bone in her body and her sense of humor was legendary. She was fun and kind and smart and brave. Despite health problems over the years, her courage was inspirational.
She served for many years as the CEO of Creative Learning Press, work that was meaningful to her. She never missed a school function or a family event, no matter how boring. She loved her home in Mansfield and being close to any UConn students whose parents were her friends or family. She loved decorating for every holiday and especially loved Christmas and celebrating with her family. She loved summer boat rides, and baking pies and treats for family parties. Her strawberry rhubarb pies were simply extraordinary and were requested at every function. Her house was always warm, open, and there was always coffee, an open ear, and an open heart for anyone who needed it.
Kris is predeceased by her mother, Letitia Neag Morgan, from whom she got her capacity for deep love, and her father Richard Morgan, from whom she got her sense of humor and acerbic wit. She is also predeceased by all but one of an enormous, loving group of aunts and uncles from both the Morgan and Neag sides. She was predeceased by her father-in-law, Lou, and is survived by her mother-in-law, Dorothy Fazzina, and her brothers-in-law and their spouses (Kevin and Trina, Ricky and Kerry, and Mark) and children.
Kris would have hated the attention that her illness and passing has brought but would have been delighted to have this obituary focus on her two kids, who are the loves of her life. She would not want this obituary to mention her age (56) or her many quirky habits and she would certainly not have wanted us to talk about how she fought like hell to beat her many illnesses. But damn was she brave.
Her family appreciates and is forever grateful for the care and love given to her by her husband, Scott Fazzina, during their many years marriage, as well as to her doctors and health team at UConn Health. Kris’ family requests donations, in lieu of flowers, to be made in her name, either to the Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center (s.uconn.edu/neagcenter) or to the Scleroderma Research Foundation (https://srfcure.org/support-us/).
Friends are welcome to join Kris’ family for a brief memorial service at 1 pm on Thursday, January 13th at Potter Funeral Home (https://www.potterfuneralhome.com) in Willimantic, Connecticut.