Kristen Bianchi Reid 40, wife of W. Mark Reid, of Branford, passed away at her home Saturday, August 22, 2009. Kristen was born in New Haven, November 17, 1968 daughter of John J. and Beverly Lois Kaiser Bianchi of Northford. Besides her husband and parents she is survived by a daughter, Macy Engengro and a son, Michael Engengro both of Branford a stepdaughter, Jillian Reid of Chalfont, PA., a brother, John Bianchi of North Haven and a sister, Jennifer Bianchi Clark of Darien, nieces, Carolyn Clark, Mallory Clark, Bridget Clark, all of Darien Catherine Bianchi and Camilla Bianchi both of North Haven. Kristen was a graduate of North Branford High School Class of 1986, and a graduate of the University of Connecticut, with a B.S. in Finance in 1989. She was employed with Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford, Sikorsky, Shelton, and Helicopter Support Inc., Trumbull. A Celebration of Kristen's Life will be held Wednesday, August 26th at 11:00 am at BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden. In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to: The Director, The National Cancer Institute (For Brain Cancer) Buiilding 31, Room 11A-16, 9000 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD. 20892. A donation letter should be sent along with the check or money order indicating that the donation is to be used for research for brain cancer at the NCI. The NCI will send an acknowledgement letter of the gift if the name and address of the donor is provided. Dollar amounts are not included in the letter of acknowledgement. The donor letter should include the following information: Name (contact person) Company Name (if applicable) Street Address, City, State, and Zip Code, Telephone Number (optional)

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  1. Dear Mark & Family, My condolences & deepest sympathy for your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Cindrella

  2. John and Beverly: Please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of Kristen. She was an extraordinary person and will be truly missed by all. My thoughts and prayers will be with her and your family in this most difficult of times.

  3. Macy, Michael and family we are so very sorry to hear about your mom.. Words can’t express the sadness you must feel.You can go on and remember all the memories that were made while she was here and hold them close to your heart.Kirstie and Anthony lost their dad .You will always remember but your sadness will be better in time . Love,Uncle David, Lori & Family

  4. Macy, Michael and Mark, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers are with all of you. May the love of those around you help you through the days ahead.

  5. Mark – I am so terribly sorry to hear the news of Kristen’s passing. My heart goes out to you and your family. Know you are all in my thoughts and prayers. Patricia

  6. Mark and family, Jane and I are so very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Kristen. I know how hard she fought the dreaded .C. but how much love of life and family you did get to share and celebrate. It is so fitting to celebrate her life and all the positives in it. Our thoughts are with you and your family. Rob and Jane Malcolm

  7. Mark and Family, My condolences during this difficult time. We will continue to keep you and yours in our prayers for continued strength. Reach out to all of us around you – we are here for you always. Danielle

  8. Mark and Family, My deepest sympathy and warmest thoughts are with you now and the days ahead. May your memories of your beloved wife, daughter, mother, sister, give you strength – to live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die! Peace, prayers and blessings…

  9. Mark and kids, and, K’s Mon and Dad, My deepest condolences on the loss of Kristen. I know from Mark how extraordinary person she was and how much she will be missed by all. Mine and my family prayers will be with you and her. Eliana, Romano, Joao and Francisco

  10. Mark Just wanted to say how very sorry I am about the loss of your beloved Kristen. You and your family are in my thoughts and I hope you all find some comfort from the many happy memories you have of Kristen

  11. Mark, although no words can really help to ease the very sad loss you and your family bear, I just want you to know that you and your family continue to be in my thoughts and prayers at this time…

  12. Mark, I am really sorry to learn of this sad news. Take comfort in knowing that you did all that you could and that our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. Nicole

  13. Mark, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very sad time. I am truly sorry to hear of your loss.

  14. To Mark and family, my sincere condolences and great sympathy to you all on your huge loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very tough time. Ar dheis D go Raibh a Anam

  15. BEV,JOHN AND FAMILY WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS!I AM SURE SHE IS DANCING WITH GRANDPA AND SWAPPING STORIES FROM HELICOPTERS TO FIRE TRUCKS IF SHE CAN GET A WORD IN BETWEEN YOUR DAD AND MINE! ANTICIPATE THE FLOOD OF MEMORIES OF YOUR DAUGHTER!LOVE AND SYMPATHY AT THIS TIME OF SORROW!

  16. BEV,JOHN AND FAMILY, WE ARE SO SORRY FOR YOU LOSS!I AM SURE SHE IS DANCING WITH GRANDPA NOW AND SWAPPING STORIES FROM HELICOPTERS TO FIRE TRUCKS!IF SHE CAN GET A WORD IN BETWEEN YOUR DAD AND MINE!LOVE AND DEEPEST SYMPATHY AT THIS TIME!ANTICIPATE THE FLOOD OF GREAT MEMORIES OF YOUR DAUGHTER! RICH & SHIRLEY KNECHT

  17. Dear Mark I am so very sad to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. With kind regards Mandy

  18. Dear Mark, Macy, Michael and the Bianchi family, My heartfelt sympathy to you all on your loss. I knew Kristen only briefly but she touched me with her warmth and charm. May your sadness be assuaged by the wonderful memories of her life. Please know you are in my thoughts and and prayers.

  19. Jenn and your family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God bless. Love always, The Fiordalis Family

  20. John and Beverly My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of Kristen. My prayers will be with both of you.

  21. Mark- While we never met I saw you drop Kristen at HSI many times. Both of you were an inspiration of team work and putting up the good fight. My wife works at Yale in the cancer dept and Kristen and I had many good chats, she was so open and positive the whole time she was dealing with this. As you know she will be missed

  22. Mark, I am so very sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family at this very difficult time. With warmest regards Sarah

  23. Mark, Macy,Michael and the Bianchi Family, My deepest and heartfelt condolenses go to all of you. Kristen was such an amazing, unique and beautiful person both inside and out and will truly be missed. She was a special person and friend. I know her spirit will live on through you. My prayers are with all of you.

  24. Mark, My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I know that these are very tough times for you all and I hope our prayers and thoughts help you get through this. Ioanna

  25. please accept our sincerest sympathy to the reid,bianchi and franceschette families. jerry & annmarie basilio

  26. To Kristen’s family: May all of your wonderful memories of Kristen be close at heart. Her life and strength are truly gifts to be celebrated. We will miss our new found friend and dinner buddy.

  27. To Mark and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you during this very difficult time. Melissa James

  28. To Mark and Family, My heartfelt condolences you all on your loss. My prayers are with you and your family and please know that your Diageo family are here to support you.

  29. To The Bianchi and Reid families, I am very sorry for your loss. Kristen was a couragous, kind women that will be truley missed.I am honored to have had the opportunity to know her.

  30. Dear Mark & Family, My deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Melissa

  31. Dear Mark, I am deeply sorry about your family’s sad and untimely loss. My prayers are with you and your family. kind regards, Adriana Trinidad

  32. Hi Mark, With tears in my eyes I send a heartfelt virtual hug to you and your family. Since I’ll miss the celebration of life tomorrow I want to share my favorite memory. Back in ’05 we were doing a new leader assimilation for your new global team in London. You had the chance to share with your new team .what you need to know about me.. At the top of your list you wrote, .I love my wife.. I was so touched by your self disclosure and the deep affection you had for Kristen. You always lit up when you spoke of her. Please know that I’ll hold you in my thoughts and prayers today and always.

  33. Mark and family Kristen was such a radiant presence. Everytime Isobel and I were with her there was brightness and joy. I know she she was at the centre of your lives and put herself at the heart of yours’and it must be a huge sense of loss to know that has been taken from you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. I hope that you can draw on the deep well of moments when Kristen lit up your lives with her words, her positive energy and of course that captivating smile. Even at such an enormously difficult time, as I think about Kristen, I find myself smiling which is always the experience I had with her. Keep that with you in the days, months and years ahead and I do believe that will keep present the enormous spirit of Kristen for all of you. With our love and deepest sympathy Gareth and Isobel

  34. Mark, I am so sorry for your families loss. Know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope many happy memories will bring you peace in the coming days. Also know I am a big advocate in cancer research, that will never end. Cindy Latoures

  35. Mark, Kristen was a beautiful soul and I feel blessed to have met her. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers and Kristen will always remain in your hearts.

  36. Mark, Macy, Michael, Bev, John & Family…words cannot express our feelings. Mark, she always called you her better half, Macy & Michael, you are the world to her and Bev & John, the best parents on earth….She will give the Angels new wings….Joe & Patti

  37. Mark: I first met Kristen on our trip to Barcelona several years ago and it was clear what a perfect match you two were. She was a wonderful person and please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sean

  38. To Mark, I was deeply saddened to hear about the loss of Kristen. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  39. Dear John, I was so saddened to hear of the loss of you daughter. Though I never knew her, I had always heard what a lovely and wonderful person she was. I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. You were so compassionate and understanding when my husband was in the hospital and for that, you will always have a special place in my heart. May God bless and guide you through this difficult time.

  40. Dear Mark and family – My thoughts and prayers are with you as you begin your jouney to heal from such a loss. I can only image the pain you and your family must be going through to lose a wife, mother, daughter and sister at such a young age. My deepest condolences to you all. Julie Cola

  41. Dear Mark, I am so sorry to hear of Kristen’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Teresa

  42. Mark, I just wanted to remind you that I have been praying for you and your children during this very difficult time. My thoughts and prayers remain with you. Felicia Cash

  43. John & Nancy – I just found out about Kristen’s passing this week. Steve and I would like to extend our sincere condolences to you and your family for this great loss to your family – Our prayers are with you – 8/28/09

  44. John and Bev, I am so sorry about your loss. I’m sure Kristen was a wonderful person taken much too early in life. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Ross

  45. John and Bev, I am so truly sorry for the loss of your wonderful daughter Kristen. I know how much love you had for her and how proud of her you were. Please know you are in my prayers and thoughts everyday. Love to you all. Joyce

  46. Mark, Please accept our sincere sympathy in your loss. We met Kristen on a few occasions and we know how much you meant to each other. Share the stories and cherish the memories. Deepest Sympathy, Kevin and Kerry

  47. Dear Mark I was very sad to hear the news about Kristen and want to let you know that my thoughts and hopes are with you and your family. Andy

  48. Dear Mark – I have been thinking of you and hoping that you are treasuring your memories of Kristen. I only met her a few times — I remember vividly the boat voyage in Barcelona and swimming in the vast ocean — Kristen was a vibrant person. I will be thinking of you as the holidays approach as I imagine they will be difficult but I do hope that the memories of her beautiful life will give you some solace. Sincerely, Mary Kay

  49. My deepest sympathies to the family. Kristen and I grew up together and attended North Branford high school-class of ’86. We were never close friends but I remember how nice she was to everyone-always smiling and happy. She was a great person to know and I was very sorry to just hear about her passing from another classmate on Facebook. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I wish you all the best and know that she was well-loved by many in her short time here on Earth.

  50. Hi Mark, With tears in my eyes I send a heartfelt virtual hug to you and your family. Since I’ll miss the celebration of life tomorrow I want to share my favorite memory. Back in ’05 we were doing a new leader assimilation for your new global team in London. You had the chance to share with your new team .what you need to know about me.. At the top of your list you wrote, .I love my wife.. I was so touched by your self disclosure and the deep affection you had for Kristen. You always lit up when you spoke of her. Please know that I’ll hold you in my thoughts and prayers today and always.

  51. Mark, I am so sorry for your families loss. Know all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope many happy memories will bring you peace in the coming days. Also know I am a big advocate in cancer research, that will never end. Cindy Latoures

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