Christine Shaffer

Christine Shaffer

Sunday, September 28th, 1958 - Wednesday, May 19th, 2021
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Christine Shaffer (Houmis), 62, of Mays Landing, passed away on May 19, 2021 and has been received into the arms of Jesus after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer. She passed away peacefully surrounded by her family.

Christine was born on September 28, 1958 in North Carolina to her late parents Louis and Rose Houmis. Christine attended Wall Township High School and Monmouth College while helping her parents run their motel business. When gambling was approved in Atlantic City, Christine became one of the “Original 500” dealers to open RESORTS International Hotel & Casino in 1978. Christine then opened the Playboy Casino and worked her way up to Pit Boss. After Playboy sold, and the Atlantis closed, Christine went into retail sales at JCPenny before getting her real estate license. During this time, her and her family took a trip to Medjagorie, and it was there that she rediscovered her devout Catholic faith in our Lord Jesus and a devotion to the Blessed Mother Mary. This renewed passion for God led Christine to go on and study, preach, attend religious events, and spread the Word of God. She had a heart of gold, and we all believe God knew it. It wasn’t too long before she went back to her passion of working in the casinos and joined Caesar’s Hotel & Casino, where she met the love of her life, Richard J. Shaffer III. Christine and Rich were married on May 16, 1992 and went to work together at their RESORTS LTD Inc. Real Estate Brokers. Rich and Christine soon formed another company, Condo Care Property Maintenance Services LLC. They went on to be blessed with three wonderful children, Gina-Marie, Richie, and Noelle. After Richie was born in 1996, Christine retired to raise her children and take care of her family. Her family was her life. She loved going to her children’s school, going to their sporting events, plays, dance recitals, and she loved family trips they took throughout the country. Christine loved disco music. Being an avid dancer herself since her teens, Christine, Rich, and her friends could be seen at various clubs throughout the area dancing the night away. As her children got older and being the active person she was, she came out of retirement to work retail part-time at Boscovs while managing Nancy Fox’s Fox Vocal Arts Studio in Ocean City. In her younger years, Christine skied and traveled the world with her friends. But since their honeymoon in Puerto Rico and St. John USVI, Christine and Rich found paradise in the Caribbean and they traveled there often. Regardless of what she did or where she was, she never stopped going to church, prayer groups, and studying the Bible. Christine has made so many memories with friends, her children, and most recently her three beautiful grandchildren. Christine had so many close friends over the years like Holly & Eric, Ivey & Mike, Elaine, Michelle, Stephanie, Kitty, Harry, Izola, and Mary & Doug, just to name a few. I wish we could list them all.

Christine is predeceased by her parents and her brother Lou Houmis. She is survived by her loving husband Richard J. Shaffer III of 29 years, her daughter Ginamarie (and her husband Evan) Lynch, her son Richard J. Shaffer IV, her daughter Noelle Rose Shaffer, her grandchildren Liesse, Elizabeth, and Jack Lynch, her sister Michele Houmis, and numerous other relatives and friends.

Viewings will be held on Monday, May 24 from 7-9 PM and Tuesday, May 25 from 9:30-10:30 AM at the Boakes Funeral Home, 6050 Main St., Mays Landing. A funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, at 11 AM, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 5021 Harding Hwy., Mays Landing. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 24th, 2021 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, May 24th, 2021 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Boakes Funeral Home
    6050 Main Street
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 | 9:30am - 10:30am
    Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 9:30am - 10:30am
    Boakes Funeral Home
    6050 Main Street
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, May 25th, 2021 11:00am
    St. Vincent de Paul Church
    5021 Harding Highway
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Father Edward Heintzelman
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery
    5061 Harding Highway
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
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Private Condolence

Jacqueline Benjamin-Grebos

Posted at 11:24am
Rich and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about Chris. Our girls were friendly many years ago. My mother-in-law and I bumped into Chris in
Cape Bank about 6 years ago. It was so good seeing her , I live in Florida now and was up in Jersey. May she rest in peace.

Jackie Grebos and Meagan

Kathy Toland

Posted at 05:56am
Rich & family,
I'm so very sorry for the loss of your beautiful wife, mother, grandmother. May she RIP. My deepest condolences to you all & may you find comfort knowing that she is with our Lord. God Bless you & comfort you until you meet again.

Amy Trahan

Posted at 10:58pm
Rich and Family I am So Very Sorry for your Loss!! I Pray You and your Children & Grandchildren will remember Your Beautiful Wife , Mother, Grand mom ! And how she cared and Loved You all Bless Her Heart!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

Mila McDonough

Posted at 03:59pm
My deepest heartfelt condolences to the Shaffer Family.
Christine and I worked together at Playboy and Atlantis and I will always have fond memories of those times.
May God Bless You All🙏

Heartfelt Sympathies

Posted at 05:55pm
RIP Chris. I hope you find peace in the afterlife. Love always, Tom
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