On Sunday (April 25) Christina Goessman passed away very peacefully at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia after having suffered the rupture of a massive brain aneurysm. Her parents and her sister were by her side. Although a surgery was successful in stopping the bleeding, the damage was too great. Christina is survived by her parents, John and Cornelia Goessman of Poulsbo, her younger sister, Julia, and her maternal grandparents in Germany, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Christina spent the last two years in Philadelphia in the post-bac premed program at Penn and was preparing to take the MCAT later this month. She loved Philadelphia, her tiny studio flat in a leafy, historical part of the city, and made some wonderful friends, all beautifully documented in her photography.
There is comfort in remembering that Christina’s life, although short, was a happy one, and that she experienced and achieved much in her 24 years. A graduate of Hyla Middle School 2010, and Bainbridge High School 2014. Christina received a Bachelor’s Degree in Archeology and a Master’s Degree in Paleopathology from Durham University in England and participated in a number of archeological excavations all over Europe. While at Durham, she became a UK Varsity Champion in Ballroom Dancing.
Christina approached everything in life with purpose and intent. She was able to see beauty in little things, enjoyed music, the arts, nature and travel, and made good friends along the way. She was bright, witty, wickedly funny, and passionate about her interests.
There will be a private memorial service in September, in hopes that the COVID situation will have improved to make it possible for Christina’s friends and family from Europe to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to King FM, Bloedel Reserve or the Brain Aneurysm Foundation.