Christine Crowell Trostle

July 18, 1927 - January 23, 2018 West Grove, PA | Age 90 Loving Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother

Christine Crowell Trostle, age 90, of West Grove, PA, died Tuesday January 23, 2018 at Jenners Pond Retirement Community in West Grove, PA.  She was the wife of the late Robert S. Trostle, who died in 2011 and with whom she shared 62 years of marriage.

Born in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and the late Edna (Howland) Crowell.  She lived in Chester County her entire life.  She was a longtime member and Sunday school teacher at Avondale Presbyterian Church.  She was a proud Chester County 4H leader and volunteered at the Food Cupboard in Avondale and Kennett Square.

She was an avid cyclist and enjoyed cycling tours in the US and abroad and especially enjoyed a trip to the French Alps.  She enjoyed visits to Longwood Gardens and listening to the Kennett Symphony.  She was an English as a second language tutor.  She was an accomplished seamstress and performed alterations for many years at the 410 Shoppe in Avondale.

Survivors include one daughter, Carol Shortlidge of West Grove; one son, Dr. David Trostle and his wife JoEllen of Quentin, PA; five grandchildren, Joy Dolan and her husband Brian of Westport CT, Dr. Reverend Heather Shortlidge of Annapolis MD, Margaret Shortlidge and her husband Patrick Johnson of Medford, NJ, Andrew Trostle and his wife Stephanie of Annapolis MD and Laura Trostle of Paris France and three great-grandchildren, Keegan Dolan, Liam Dolan and Adeline Johnson.

You are invited to visit with Christine’s family and friends from 2-3PM Friday January 26, 2018 at Avondale Presbyterian Church 420 Pennsylvania Ave (Route 41) Avondale, PA 19311.  A memorial service celebrating her life will follow at 3PM.  Interment will be held privately in New Garden Friends Cemetery.  Contributions in her memory are encouraged to Avondale Presbyterian Church P.O. Box 446, Avondale, PA 19311 or to Willow Tree Hospice 616 East Cypress Street Kennett Square, PA 19348.  Arrangements are by Foulk & Grieco Funeral Home Inc. (610-869-2685) of West Grove. To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please

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Memorial Donations

Avondale Presbyterian Church

P.O. Box 446
Avondale, PA 19311

Willow Tree Hospice

616 East Cypress Street
Kennett Square, PA 19348



January 26, 2018 2-3PM Avondale Presbyterian Church
420 Pennsylvania Ave (Route 41)
Avondale, PA 19311

Memorial Service

January 26, 2018 3PM Avondale Presbyterian Church
420 Pennsylvania Ave (Route 41)
Avondale, PA 19311


  1. Carol and Dave, I have such wonderful memories of Chris from the slipcovers she made for Jerry and me when we were married to the visits I made to Tampa when she came to Florida with Bob each winter. Such memories and I will cherish them always. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Judy Flanigan

    Judith Flanigan | February 4, 2018 at 9:02 AM
  2. Many great memories from way back when!! But all wonderful memories!! Love and prayers Carol and family!!

    kathy kinsley | February 2, 2018 at 11:26 PM
  3. To the Trostle and Shortlidge family
    I will miss this dear lady so much. She was the kindest person I could know. She was my bible school teacher, my Home Ec teacher in high school, my church friend and my blessed seamstress at The 410 Shoppe. She was always there to help when help was needed and was an
    amazing friend. I treasured her friendship for decades and will treasure her memory.
    I was blessed to have her as a friend.

    Judy Young | January 25, 2018 at 12:12 PM
  4. I’m so sorry to hear about Aunt Chris. She was such a gentle soul and I relished her visits to FL. My deepest sympathies to the family and friends whose lives she touched. She will be missed. Much love and many hugs.

    Barbara Norton | January 25, 2018 at 11:59 AM
  5. We are so sorry to hear that Christine is gone. We are thinking of you and your family at this difficult time. We have so nice memories about Christine. Please remember that her friends in France are always here for your family. Albert, Arlette DOLLER, Gwénaël BARO

    DOLLER & BARO | January 25, 2018 at 9:14 AM
  6. Carol & Dave. She was a great lady. Sorry I cannot be with you for the service however will pause and pray. Love you all

    Deb Deveney | January 24, 2018 at 6:30 PM

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