Christine Rafal

September 2, 2021


Virginia Beach—Christine Hansen Rafal passed away peacefully in her home on August 24, 2021 in Virginia Beach. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.

She was born in Alexandria, Va. on December 2, 1949 to Mae and Henry Hansen, of blessed memory.

Chris went to Old Dominion University where she met and married the love of her life, Nelson Rafal, of blessed memory (son of Cynthia and Bernard Rafal, of blessed memory). She devoted her life to her family.

Chris is survived by her daughter Shannon (Roy) Ben-Yoseph and son Jason (Ashley) Rafal; grandchildren Casey and Caleb Rafal and Addie and Elli Ben-Yoseph; sister Sandy (Dennis) Turner; sisters-in-law Renee (Stewart) Segal, Dale (Brian) Atherton; sister-by-heart MaryAnn (Marv) Nordwall; cousin Happy Gibson, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A graveside funeral service was held in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Rabbi Michael Panitz officiating.

Donations can be made to the Epilepsy Foundation ( Online condolences may be made to the family at

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