Kristina 'Krista' Anne Needham, age 29, passed away on September 29, 2016 at her home in Hamden. She was born in New Haven on October 7, 1986. Krista is survived by her loving parents Harry E. Needham III and Anne Kristina Goto Needham, her sister Darcy K. Needham, brother Harry (Jake) E. Needham IV, grandfather Arthur A. Goto, uncle Paul and aunt Anne Goto and aunts Rachelle Goto, and Winnie Girard. She also leaves her cousins Philip Girard, Sara, Adam, Greg and Max Goto. She attended Hamden Public Schools and graduated from Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School in 2000, the first graduating class. After graduating from Hamden High School in 2004, Krista attended Central CT State University and Albertus Magnus College where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Sciences. She was a Life Skills Coach working with teenage girls for Klingberg Family Centers. Krista received her 4th degree Master Black Belt in Tang Soo Do Karate and was a dedicated instructor at the CCSU Karate Program, and the Institute of Martial Arts in Wallingford. She was also Past Worthy Advisor of Evergreen Assembly #44 and Past State Miss Service of the International Order of the Rainbow Girls. Krista always went out of her way to help people and enjoyed creating works of art for those she loved. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a memorial service celebrating Krista's life on Sunday October 9, 2016 at 3 pm in the Knapp Auditorium, located in the Bridgehouse at Ashlar Village at Masonicare, 22 Masonic Avenue, Wallingford. In lieu of flowers, donations in her name may be made to the Institute of Martial Arts Tournament Scholarship Fund, PO Box 4361 Wallingford, CT 06492.

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  1. A life of service to others, cut far too short. We held her in the highest regard on personal, fraternal, martial, and professional levels. Thank you for sharing her with us all.

    Ed and Masako Lawson

  2. Anne, Harry, Jake and Darcy, as I go through the day since I heard, I keep having moments where I catch myself, thinking it cant be, this all seems so tragic, not right for someone so young so fair , her hopes and dreams just about to bud and bloom, then I remember, we are all only passing through, God gives us all just so much time, Krista’s presence was a gift to all who knew her, and she has planted millions of seeds of hope, and joy and promise in others, and is that not a life well lived? I pray that the emptiness, the hole in your hearts will be filled with knowledge that the millions of seeds inspired by Krista are now growing and taking root. Blessed Be.

  3. My deepest condolences for your loss. The world is a little less bright without Kristina in it.

    –Megan McFadden

  4. Our condolences to your family. May your memories sustain you through the difficult days ahead.

    Francine and Roger Bailey

  5. Master Needham and Family – my heart breaks for you with the loss of your daughter Kristina. She was a wonderful person and a good friend to my daughter Stephanie (Dubecky). Please accept my condolences and know that my thoughts and prayers are with you in this time of profound sadness. Sincerely, Valerie Salerno

  6. My thoughts and prayers go out your family. My heart goes out for you. She is a beautiful person and will be greatly missed.

  7. Shocked and saddened to learn of Kristina’s sudden passing! She was a kind and beautiful spirit who made an impact on all she came into contact with–her Rainbow family is grieving together with her loved ones at this sad, terrible time! Our thoughts, prayers and love for Kristina are with you all always! May she rest in peace with the Angels!

    In deep sympathy,

    Tom, Doreen & Sarah Catenza (Van Horn) & Family

  8. Anne, Harry, Jake and Darcy,

    So sad for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories of Krista help you through this difficult time

  9. Anne, Harry and family

    I am so sorry for your loss, you are all in my prayers. We will miss her beautiful smile and her laughter. May you remember all the joyful, fun times you shared with her. She is the Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow. Love

  10. Harry and Family

    Sending my deepest condolences to you all. May knowing that your beautiful Kristina is in the presence of the Lord keep you in comfort and peace. Blessings to you Anita Cotton (former co-worker)

  11. Anne, Harry, Darcy, Jake and the entire Needham and Gotto family, you are all in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Krista will be so missed by all who were blessed to know her. May God comfort your aching hearts and give you peace! Much love to all, Susan Taylor

  12. Anne, Harry, Darcy & Harry (Jake);

    Patty and I are heartbroken to hear of the passing of your daughter/sister Kristina and offer our condolences and prayers.

    Jesus tells us that we know not the day or time our Heavenly Father will call us Home, to be with Him in Heaven forever, where we will have no needs or wants. He will provide us with everything, and we will be with all the Heavenly Angels and Saints in His Perpetual Light, in His Heavenly Kingdom forever.

    The younger we are when our Heavenly Father calls us Home, the more innocent we are in our sins, making us a greater Angel among the Angels in Heaven.

    Kristina was certainly an example of God\’s Love, by all that she did for others out of her Love for them and all whom she touched throughout her life, from day to day contact in her life, and throughout Karate, Tang Soo Do, Klingberg Family Services, Rainbow Girls, along with just about everyone else she come in contact with.

    Kristina had a beautiful energy and glow about her which shown through her bright infectious and contagious smile. She loved everyone.

    Jesus tells us that God is love and mercy. When we live in love and mercy, then God lives in us and we live in God. Kristina was truly an example of God\’s love and mercy by all that she did for others. Thank you Kristina for all that you have done for all whom you encountered in your loving life. Kristina, you shall live always as a bright warm light in my heart.

    May the Graces and Blessings of the Holy Trinity and our Blessed Mother Mary bring comfort and peace to your family and friends, as they come to realize how much you and your love has meant to all of their and our lives. Thank you Kristina for sharing your life of love with us.

  13. Anne, Harry, Darcy, and Jake,

    You have my condolences. When I heard the news, I was utterly flabbergasted. I know this is not easy, but together you guys can get through this. Please do not hestitate to contact me for anything, no matter how big or small that I can help you with. You will be in my prayers.

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