Cristiane Paganelli Cunha

October 19, 1979 - November 21, 2020
Cristiane Paganelli Cunha

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Cristiane Paganelli Cunha, know by her friends as Cris, went home to be with the Lord on November 21, 2020 at the age of 41.


Cris lived for the last 14 years in the US, of which the last 6 in Florida. She was born in Brazil, on October 19, 1979 in Joaçaba, state of Santa Catarina, as the second daughter of the Lutheran Pastor Arno Paganelli and Erna Wehmuth Paganelli.


Cris completed her undergrad in Brazil, attaining a BA in Advertising from the UNISUL University. She also completed two graduate specializations in Brazil, one in Marketing for Business Management and the other in Fashion Comunication Management. She also attained two graduate degrees at the University of Iowa, an MA in Graphic Design and an MFA in Graphic Design, cum laude. It is worth mentioning that when she started her MA, in 2009, her son, Eric, was 4 months old and when she finished her MFA, in 2012, her daughter, Sophia, was 1 year old. While an MFA student, she was a sole lecturer for a Graphic Design undergrad course at the University of Iowa.


Award-winning designer and marketing professional for more than 20 years, Cris was recognized for creativity and marketing campaigns, received awards from the American Advertising Federation, Best of Iowa Bank Marketing and Premio Colunistas SC, Brazil.

She is survived by her husband for 19 years, Fabio, her children Eric and Sophia, her parents Arno and Erna, her sister Raquel, her niece Clara, her parents-in-law João and Elisabete and her brothers-in-law Murad, Rodrigo and Felipe.

Cris was a lively person, whose excitement was contagious. Her laugh was remarkable and unforgettable. An intense woman, who had “urgency to live” and wanted everything done “right now”. As a friend said: “she lived in 41 years more than most people would live in 100”.


She was a devoted mother, an amazing wife, daughter and sister, a home decor and hosting enthusiast, who had the gift of connecting the most diverse people, with completely different backgrounds, without any effort. She loved the sea. Loved kayaking and snorkeling every time she had a chance. She was a woman of faith, who seized every opportunity to talk and spread God’s love.


A Celebration of Cris’s life will be held at 10 am, on Friday, December 4, at Grace Family Church, 5101 Van Dyke Rd, Lutz, FL 33558.

Memorial donations in memory of Cris can be made through the link:



Friday, December 4, 2020
10:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Grace Family Church - Directions
5101 Van Dyke Road
Lutz, Florida 33558

(813) 265-4151

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  • December 03, 2020
    Marcos Carneiro says:
    Em nome da Associação Luteranos Herdeiros de Worms,Brasil, me associo aos demais associados à dor do nosso conselheiro teológico e associado Rev. Arno Paganelli , pai da saudosa Cris. Durante os dois ultimos anos acompanhamos a luta da Cris pela vida e suas demonstrações de fé e pudemos participar das campanhas para que ,no que dependesse dela, a luta contra a doença fosse vencida. Sabemos que ela jamais duvidou do amor de Deus e de sua soberana vontade sobre sua vida. Um exemplo de fé, coragem e vontade de viver. Que Deus a acolha no seu reino eterno e que Cristo Jesus seja a esperança maior dos que prateiam sua partida.

  • December 03, 2020
    César Maurício Baasch Filomeno says:
    Cris still lives, but now in heaven, in the glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • December 03, 2020
    Genieri says:
    Queridos Fábio, Eric, Sophia, Arno, Erna e Raquel, continuamos em oração para que Jesus console o coração de cada um de vocês. A Cris estará para sempre em nossos corações! Ela tocou a vida de cada um que teve o privilégio de a conhecer, o seu legado viverá em mim enquanto eu viver. Essa foi a maneira que encontrei de honrar a vida da Cris. Vivendo a vida “to the fullest” Deus os abençoe, todo o nosso amor e carinho para vocês! Família Beppler

  • December 03, 2020
    Barbara Papa lit a candle:
    Lit since December 3, 2020 at 12:58:48 AM

  • December 03, 2020
    Julie Frye says:
    Fabio and family, We are so sorry for your loss. I really enjoyed working with Cris at the bank here in Muscatine. May God embrace you with His Peace, and your memories bring you smiles.

  • December 03, 2020
    Vivian Jardim says:
    Meus queridos Fabio, Eric, Sofia, Arno, Erna e Raquel, estaremos com nossa Cris em breve, pois essa vida passa depressa. Enquanto esperamos, honraremos a Cris honrando a Jesus. Que privilegio ter tido a Cris em nossa vida! Amamos voces!

  • December 03, 2020
    Patricia Carvalho says:
    Que a paz do Senhor esteja sempre sustentando vocês! Conhecendo a história da Cris, aprendemos mesmo que a distância a amá-la e a colocamos em em nossas orações. Lindo o testemunho de fé e confiança em Deus da família! Aqui no Brasil, saibam que existem muitas pessoas que gostariam de abraçá-los. Que o nosso amor e conforto de alguma forma chegue até vocês!

  • December 04, 2020
    Dionei de Liz says:
    Queridos irmãos. Que o Senhor Jesus lhes console e fortaleça. Que a sua graça preencha todas as lacunas deixadas pela Cris em suas Vidas. Abraços da Meuc de Blumenau. Brasil.

  • December 04, 2020
    Katia says:

  • December 04, 2020
    Katia says:
    Descanse em.paz irmã em Cristo ! Até um dia na glória ! Abcs família!!

  • December 04, 2020
    Leah Noble says:
    Dear Fabio and Family, I'm so thankful for the opportunity to have been known and loved by Cris and to also know her and love her. What beautiful and accurate words said about her life. She truly did live life vigorously. Her life is a true inspiration to me and so many. I remember setting up and decorating the kid's wing at church in Iowa City and none of us could figure out how to restuff that doggone beanbag chair. Sure enough, Cris had all the answers, and true to Cris style made the entire place beautiful. She served in such grandeur and deep humility. My great comfort is to know that we were created for eternity. Until then, my heart grieves with you.

  • December 04, 2020
    Marília Cruz lit a candle:
    Lit since December 4, 2020 at 12:27:21 PM

  • December 05, 2020
    Camila MCManus says:
    RIP my BFF I loved everything about you ! I wish you could stay longer in this world, your life style your love for god, your smile were the best ! You changed my life for ever and I’m very glad I met you in Brazil ! So many memories, it’s impossible for me to forget you ! You will always be in my heart ❤️ Eric, Sophia e Fábio vocês são uma benção nas nossas vidas ! God has your back ! Love you all Camila, Dean, Kevin and Dylan ❤️