Christine Elaine Partelo1

F, #45026, b. Feb 3, 1962, d. Feb 9, 2015
Father*William Edward Partelo Sr.1 b. Aug 21, 1928, d. Dec 16, 2003
Mother*Mary Theresa Lucille St. Peter1 b. Jan 13, 1929, d. Mar 8, 2015
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Birth*Feb 3, 1962 Christine Elaine Partelo was born on Feb 3, 1962 at Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States.1 
 She was the daughter of William Edward Partelo Sr. and Mary Theresa Lucille St. Peter.1 
Death*Feb 9, 2015 Christine Elaine Partelo died on Feb 9, 2015, at age 53 at Palmer, Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States.1 
Note*Feb 13, 2015 PALMER - The fire that killed a 53-year old woman and displaced 33 residents from 20-unit apartment at 1047 Pleasant St. was started by a candle in the basement apartment of the woman who died, according to officials. In a joint statement issued by Hampden County District Attorney Anthony D. Gulluni, state Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Palmer Fire Chief Alan J. Roy, and Police Chief John J. Janulewicz, the deceased was identified as Christine Grinaski, a resident of 1047 Pleasant St.

Grinaski, who lived in a basement studio apartment, never made it outside after being overcome by smoke, according to the statement. The source of the fire was traced back to her apartment. A neighbor told officials that Grinaski had notified a neighbor of the fire, that it was caused by a candle, and to call the fire department. The neighbor barely made it out alive, and Grinaski was not as fortunate, officials said.

Investigators also found evidence of a melted candle in the living room where the fire was started. All other possible causes have been eliminated.

'Fires are black making it impossible to see your hand in front of your face. The toxic gases in smoke are extremely disorienting, making it harder to think clearly and to escape even familiar surroundings,' Coan said. 'It is so important when there is a fire that people get out fast and stay out.' He said people should call the fire department from outside a burning building. Roy said a residential fire can double in size every 60 seconds. 'It is critical to get out and stay out and get the fire department on its way. Time is your enemy in a fire when you may have less than two minutes to escape safely,' he said.

The building had a hard-wired interconnected smoke alarm system in common hallways that alerted many of the residents, but it is not clear if the individual smoke detectors inside the different apartment units functioned, officials said. An inspection after the fire found many that had missing or dead batteries.

'There were reports that some people heard the smoke alarms and did not leave the building until the fire department arrived,' Roy said. 'We are fortunate more lives were not lost in this fire.' He asked everyone in town to inspect their smoke alarms in their homes immediately to make sure they are working. 'I do not want to lose anyone else to fire,' he said. As recently as 2013, there were 135 fires in Massachusetts blamed on candles. These caused two deaths, 31 injuries and $4.3 million in damages.

The fire marshal's office recommends keeping a candles at least 1 foot away from anything that can burn and on a noncombustible surface such as a ceramic plate, never leaving a burning candle unattended, to put out flames when leaving the room, going out or going to sleep, and to keep candles away from children and pets.

People should also consider using battery-operated candles.

Published in The Republican (Springfield, MA) - Friday, February 13, 2015.2 
Burial*Feb 13, 2015 She was buried on Feb 13, 2015 at Bethany Cemetery, Monson, Hampden County, Massachusetts, United States, Find A Grave Memorial# 169912297.3 
ObituaryFeb 24, 2015  OBITUARY: Christine E. (Partelo) Grinaski, 53, died Monday, February 9, 2015. Christine was born in Palmer to William and Theresa (St. Peter) Partelo. She grew up in Monson and was a graduate of Monson High School. Christine played on the Monson Jr. Sr. High School softball team that was inducted into the Monson Athletic Hall of Fame. She enjoyed crafts and movies. Christine leaves her daughter, Nicole Grinaski and son, Kyle Grinaski of Enfield; her mother, Theresa Partelo of Wilbraham; a sister, Peggy Royce and her husband David of Monson; three brothers William Partelo Jr and his wife Cathy of Monson, Peter Partelo and his wife Annette of Monson and Michael Partelo of Brimfield; aunts and uncles, Patricia and Jim McCarron of Monson and Paul and Evelyn St. Peter of VT as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins. Christine was pre-deceased by her father William E. Partelo. Visiting hours will be held Monday, March 2, 2015 from 5-7pm in Lombard Funeral Home 3 Bridge St. Monson, MA. A funeral service will be held at 7pm the same evening in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital Attn: Memorials, 505 North Parkway Memphis, TN 38105. Please visit www.lombardfuneralhome for more information and/or directions.

Published in The Republican (Springfield, MA) - Tuesday, February 24, 2015.4


David Thomas Grinaski


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