The way she lived A year after her tragic death, Christy Landrigan is remembered as full of life. "The dying part is such a minor, minor part" of her life, her father says.

A year ago, 29-year-old Christina "Christy" Landrigan was on Ind. 1 on Ossian's south side headed to Bluffton on a work errand from her Fort Wayne employer when she was killed in a three-vehicle crash. But until that moment, she was full of life. Landrigan was actively involved around the Fort Wayne area. Her friends and family reflect on the last year and remember the way she lived. Learn more about her in the News-Banner's latest 3-part series.

Her friends and family have created a monthly "Christy Challenge" to make the community a better place. On the 14th of each month — a date picked in honor of her birthday — anyone is encouraged to do something such as visit a local business, take a walk or spend time with loved ones. All to honor Christy. Click the button above to learn more, or visit and

Memorial posts came from around the country. Condolences came from Other posts came from Bay City, Mich.; Gilbert, Ariz.; Arvada, Co., from an “ancient family friend”; Madison, Wisc.; Port St. Lucie, Fla.; Harrisburg, Pa.; Denver, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; Santa Rosa, Calif.; Bay Shore, N.Y.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Mount Vernon, Ky.; New York City; Baton Rouge; Sioux Falls; business association of Mike in West Linn, Ore.; Overland Park, Kansas; Stony Brook, N.Y. Below is a selection.

Her memorial at the intersection in Ossian.

“Christina was a student in a couple of my accounting classes at IPFW. She was a wonderful student — the kind every professor dreams of. She was kind, smart, hardworking and brought so much energy and made great contributions to our class. You can be very proud.” — Susan Minke

“My daughter, Kristy, called from (New Jersey) last Wednesday night to tell me your sad news. We knew (Christy) from Homestead’s Elite choir that both girls were in. The two girls resembled each other and when they wore short wigs with their flapper Roaring 20s dresses, I couldn’t tell them apart up on stage. My daughter had a request Wednesday night. That I look through boxes of photos to come up with one of (Christy) so she could see her face one last time. I could only come up with the Elite choir photo in costume for her. I couldn’t hold back the tears. Lovely memory. Reading the various tributes online, and seeing (Christy’s) YouTube videos let us witness what a wonderful person she continued to be after high school. You had to be so proud. Thinking of you every day this past week, I find myself sobbing often. That could be any of us at given time. The Mass was beautiful. I enjoyed Mr. Landrigan’s remarks as well as (Christy’s) sister’s stories. It gave us all nice ways to remember her. I have no idea how you are all holding up so well. It was remarkable, as Father Jim said. I will continue to pray for you all, even though we have never met. We all have loved ones, and this tragedy is unimaginable. God bless you all. Rest in peace, (Christy).” — Lynda Skowronski

“I express thanks. As I witness a loving family close a coffin knowing it’s the last time they will see the face of their child. As the white cloth was laid and incense lit, I was heavily changed. No one should have to bury a child and a community mourns tears alongside you. … I’m indebted to the Landrigan family for sharing the soul and fragility of life today. Christy lives on.” — Brian Thornton

“We don’t know how such terrible things can happen to such good people, and why to one so young, but we do live in a fallen world. God will take good care of her, until you see her again.” — Steve and Cindy Yarman Jewel (excerpt)

“My heart is heavy over the loss of this special young lady. I will remember Christy as an inquisitive, hard working girl who always had a smile on her face. I feel blessed to have known her. My prayers are with all who are feeling this loss.” — Susan Hansbarger of Savannah, Tenn. and former math teacher at Summit

“I’ll never forget the day I met Christy. She made me smile within the very first minute. I loved our chats about tea and how she always was encouraging and cheerful. In the short time I knew Christy, she truly made a lasting and permanent impact on my life. I know that she is with Our Father in Heaven, for she truly was His beloved daughter.” — Rebecca Knuth, co-worker of Fort Wayne

“I’m lucky to have known such a remarkable person. You made the world a better place, Christy. My heart is heavy indeed. Godspeed my friend.” — Heather Bailey, coworkers/friends of Fort Wayne

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Christy’s family and friends. I was fortunate and blessed to have Christy accept my offer for her to be a founding member of the Fort Wayne Food Truck Association back in 2012. Christy brought so much to my organization and helped us flourish that first year. We were all made better people for having known Christy.” — Jim Garigen, business associate

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