Christine A. Reed

Christine Reed, 68 of Ballston Spa passed away peacefully Sept 1st, 2020.

Chris, daughter of Joseph and Bernadine Rydsewicz is survived by her three sons Eric, Trevor, and Bret, her daughter in law, Melissa; along with two grandchildren J.P. and our most recent addition to the family (Born the 28th of August) Lily. Chris will join her predeceased husband Jay of 26 years in eternal life.

Chris was a proud civil servant. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in Geology and regulated Oil and Gas. She worked for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation for over 25 years. When she was not at work you could find her rock and mineral collecting in the Adirondacks, planting day lilies in one of her gardens, or at the farmers market buying fresh local produce.

Chris was a devoted mother to not only her three boys but to any child (or adult) in need. She opened her arms, doors and refrigerator to absolutely anyone. Some of her most fond memories include taking her family to the 1996 Summer Olympics, visiting Herkimer Diamond Mines and the family’s valued Christmas Eve traditions including baking her famous holiday cookies.

More recently, Chris loved to be around her friends and family. She looked forward to playing pirates and Legos with JP, traveling to Florida, going out to lunch with her girlfriends or trying out new restaurants with her family.

There will be a Celebration of Life held in June 2021. Details to be mailed out in the following months.

Donations can be made to Sierra Club at or Natural Resources Defense Council at

Guest Book

Roni Cetnar

My heart is saddened by the news that Chris has left us to join our Heavenly Father. I was looking forward to our annual October luncheon with DEC friends. Chris and I became friends at DEC years ago. She is a beautiful soul and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very difficult time. Rest In Peace, Chris ❤️

Mimi Reed

Chris was more like a Sister to me than sister-in-law. She will be remembered fondly and truly missed. My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you all. Much Love.

Annette (Lecuyer)

Dear Eric, Trevor and Bret, I have such fond memories of your mom Chris after working with her in Mineral Resources at DEC. Your mom and dad were great people who were welcoming, caring and loving to everyone. I remember the talks we had about her three sons and my three sons. :) She certainly loved her family and friends. Find peace in knowing that mom and dad are together forever now. Sending prayers to the Reed family.

Christine Barnes

For years, I carpooled with Chris to DEC. We shared so many stories and laughs during those long commutes. I'm so deeply sorry for your loss. Chris will be missed by so many.

Mary Kulp

We are very sorry for your loss. Chris was a wonderful person and we will treasure her memory and the “August flowers “ she gave us many years ago that are planted and lovingly tended in our yard.

Bonnie Cornelius

Bret, Melissa and family: So sorry for your loss. She was a beautiful person in and out and is at peace now. Thoughts and prayers to you all.

Grace Farrell

I worked with Christine at the DEC. She was a lovely woman and we had many memorable conversations over the years. I am so sorry for your loss.