Ms. Kristin Mary Ridinger (formerly Taurchini), 59, of New Haven, and a long time resident of Woodbridge, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on January 9, 2016. Daughter of Albert F. Ridinger, of Stuart, FL and the late Nancy Perkins Ridinger, Kristin was the loving and devoted mother of Sarah Wallace Taurchini, of Arlington, VA; Matthew Adam Taurchini, of Washington, DC and Timothy Corr Taurchini, a junior at Georgetown University. Kristin is also survived by her siblings; Kate R. Marosek, of Fairfax, VA; Albert F. Ridinger, Jr., of Branford; Willa J. Ridinger, of Branford; Richard P. Ridinger, of Hopkinton, NH; in-laws; Gerald R. Marosek, Tricia Bohan Ridinger, Donald W. Bagnall, Nancy W. Hoffman; many nieces and nephews; aunts, Marian P. Grey, of Avon, CT and Sally P. DeGennaro, of New Haven; fifteen first cousins; and numerous dear friends and colleagues. A 1974 graduate of Amity High School and a 1978 graduate of Georgetown University, Kristin was a talented artist, accomplished athlete and gifted student. A respected and dedicated member of the faculty at The Hopkins School for thirty-five years, Kristin was a coach, teacher and Head Advisor to generations of grateful students. Friends may visit with her family at BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave., Hamden on Tuesday, January 12th from to 4-8 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, 81 Center Rd., Woodbridge on Wednesday, January 13th at 10 am. Private burial at St. Lawrence Cemetery will immediately follow Mass. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Kristin's name to Georgetown University (Women's Tennis Program); or to Hopkins School (William DeGennaro Scholarship Fund or Student Financial Aid Fund).

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Kris’s illness and passing. It was so good to see her at our 40 th high school reunion. Seeing her smile and hearing her laugh brought me back to 4 th grade. She was so fun and so nice .I can see now her helping Marta learn to speak and write English as she came to our class from Poland. (I thought no that is where Marta was from). I remember thinking at the high school reunion I bet she is great teacher. So my prayers and thoughts are with her family and friends as they morn her passing and celebrate her life.

    Barbie Bussmann Lyke

  2. I have fond memories of Kris and the whole Ridinger family from growing up down the street from them in Woodbridge and attending school and the Woodbridge Club with the family. This is heart breaking news and my thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. Rest in peace Kris. God Bless.

    Laurie Craig Benton

  3. Dear Kate, Al, Tricia, and family,

    I was very saddened to hear of Kristin’s passing. She was very special to me and I will miss her dearly.

    I enjoyed caring for her, I only wish I could have done more.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Fondly, Cheryl RN Smilow Guilford

  4. I want to send my deepest sympathy to the whole Ridinger family. I am so sorry, and send hopes that you find comfort in each others’ love.

  5. Dear Ridinger Family,

    I just heard about Kristen’s passing. I can’t tell you how sorry my entire family is to hear about your loss. I have fond memories of Kristen competing with me for first place in the breaststroke in the 13-14 year old age group. The days at the Woodbridge Club bring back fond memories. I am sure she will be missed. Our deepest sympathy.

  6. Dear Ridinger Family,

    I remember Mrs. Taurchini (as she was called then) as my 3rd year French teacher. She was vivacious, laughing as she bounced around the room, demanding that we speak French. She challenged us to give her our best selves and our best effort. For that I am extremely grateful to her. I wish you all peace and comfort in this difficult time. My deepest sympathy.

    Kate Schleifer Vavpetic, Hopkins ’89

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