Christy Koolen was born to Martin and Althea Koolen in Lincoln, Nebraska.on November 20. 1952. She was born with Down Syndrome. and despite the doctor’s harsh advice that she be placed in an “institution.” she was welcomed into the family home by her loving parents and doting siblings Marty Jr, Kent, and Gretchen. She spent the next 60+ years being a constant source of joy and fulfillment to all who knew her and therefore loved her until she left this life with her usual quiet grace and dignity on July 5. 2013. Cremation has taken place. A memorial service in Christy’s honor will be held at the Kathy Lillis Chapel on the campus of St John’s at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday July 9, 2013. The family extends its heartfelt gratitude to the angels at St John’s Lutheran Ministries for all the loving care and compassion they provided to our little sister all these years. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St John’s, COR, YARC, or the charity of your choice.