Kristi Roumeliote, age 63, of Pickerington, Ohio, passed away on May 28, 2020, surrounded by family. She was born in Columbus, Ohio, on June 13, 1956, to the late Steve and Lucy Mae (Wheeler) Roumeliote. Kristi graduated from Whetstone High School in 1974 and from the Ohio State School of Cosmetology in 1981. As founder and owner of A Hair Out of Place, a successful hair salon in Clintonville, Kristi built a loyal base of clientele and was recognized as a National Educator at Framesi USA and John Paul Mitchell Systems. Upon retiring from hairdressing in 2000, Kristi's passion for travel and entrepreneurial spirit inspired her to begin her own agency, Dream Escape Vacations. Her value of community led her into public service as the President of the Clintonville Chamber of Commerce. Kristi was also a former travel service consultant at Affinion Group, a program supervisor at Wexner Center for the Arts, and most recently worked at JPMorgan Chase. Kristi was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Roumeliote; niece, Deirdre Roumeliote; and a great nephew. She is survived by sister, Kim Roumeliote; brother, Bob (Charma) Roumeliote; nieces, Nicole Roumeliote, Julie Roumeliote, and Erin (Ryan) Lay; nephew, Steven Roumeliote; five great nephews, two beloved Chihuahuas, Spike and Angel, cousins and many friends. A celebration of Kristi’s life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in her memory can be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, 6520 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL. 33309-2132 or at www.msfocus.org.
Her bother Bob
My first recollection of my little sister Kristi was when I was 6 and she was 3. She had disappeared from our home. The police had been called and were searching the neighborhood. Along with my parents going door to door the frantic search came to a conclusion when I found her asleep in the hall closet. Throughout her life she was a master at stirring the pot. The life of the party, Kristi was outspoken and would firm a person up in a heartbeat. I admired her free spirit and adventurous ways. Kristi traveled the world and made the best of her disability. She battled M.S. for over 25 years and faced her struggle courageously until she lost her battle and started her new journey. I will miss her dearly. Love you sis.
Her sister Kim
In some ways, at some times in her life, Kristi really did fly through the sky on wings of eagles. She was always so interested in so many things. She loved music. It was part of her soul. When she was young, she played the clarinet. She loved all kinds of music especially rock and roll. If there was a Todd Rundgren, The Rolling Stones or Genesis concert within a days drive, she was there. Locally, she supported acapella groups. She had a gift for art which you can see below. She enjoyed archeology, travel and history. She saw the Pyramids of Egypt and traveled to Greece 5 times, not to mention going on multiple cruises. She owned a hair salon called “A Hair Out of Place” in Clintonville, taught hair color, and was a president of the Clintonville Chamber of Commerce. She worked hard and played hard. She took an interest in home decorating and fashion. You never saw her without being dressed uniquely and fully made up. She wanted to live in a tiny house but settled on selling our house and moving into an RV when she was 59. We traveled down the east coast and to Texas until her declining health retired us from the road. Lately, she was trying to start a business, buying things at thrift stores and selling them online. She really didn’t make any money, but she had a good time. She was also getting into trash picking. Most of all, she was one of the most generous, kindhearted people you would ever meet. Kristi stood up for herself – you could never get anything past her – but she never purposely hurt anyone. She helped many people in more little ways than anyone will ever know. It was an honor and a privilege to know her, to be a small shadow in her tremendous glow. I will miss her terribly for the rest of my life. God blessed me so much when he gave me Kristi as my little sister. We fought constantly, as sisters do, but we shared everything. She knew when I needed comfort or was scared and would surprise me with a cup of coffee or a “turtle gift.” She sometimes knew what I was going to say before I said it. My home doesn’t feel like a home without her, even though God is there for me. I find myself starting to say something to her, or thinking, Kristi will love this, but she’s not there to hear me. This is not the way it is supposed to work! I am older and she should have outlived me. Kristi’s flame burned bright her whole life. Maybe she burned herself out young. So go with God my beautiful sister, till I see you again.
I am a Troublemaker never been a Faker - Kristi's fave Song by Weezer I met Kristi in 2008 and immediately realized, even though being handicapped, she was the most independent person in certain Aspects. Working a lot, loving Arts Festivals, Music Concerts etc. She never held back, she was a handful, loyal and a true friend. We had our Moments over the years when we had arguments, but we knew, it would not last very long. If Kristi would be still here, she would say to me:" Keep doing what you are doing, be the Best at it, and Fight for what is right"! I will miss you for the Rest of my Life and will always love you and yes Weezer will be blasting in my Car, in Honor to you!
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