Sister Kristin Funari, CSJP, our Assistant Congregation Leader, passed away last Friday at our infirmary in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. We are grateful for the outpouring of loving memories and support from those whose lives were touched by Sister Kristin.
Sister Kristin (Elaine Rose) was born on September 29, 1945 to the late Ivo Funari and Helen Giannini Wentworth in Fitchburgh, MA. Educated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in Pennsgrove, NJ she was received as Sister Kristin in the Congregation in July 1966.
Sister Kristin earned a B.A. in Sociology from St. Peter’s College, Jersey City and a Masters in Social Work from Fordham University. She credited the people she served and ministered with as providing the most crucial part of her education. Sister Kristin served in St. Joseph’s Village in Rockleigh, the Center for Human Development and St. Boniface Parish in Jersey City, and the Archdiocese of Newark Campaign for Human Development. She served as project manager for the development of the York Street Project in Jersey City and later served as director of St. Joseph’s Home and as executive director of York Street. She served the last eight years in Congregation Leadership, two years as Assistant Congregation Leader and Treasurer.
Sister Kristin was pre-deceased by her sister Enricha (Ricky). She is survived by her brother Ralph, sister-in-law Philomena, her cousin Sandra, and her nieces and nephews.
Kristin was waked and buried from St. Anastasia's Catholic Church in Teaneck, New Jersey on November 15th and 16th. Interment was at our community plot in Holy Cross Cemetery in North Arlington, NJ. Memorial contributions may be made to the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, Shalom Center, 399 Hudson Terrace, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, 07632-2806.
We are pleased to share some reflections on Sister Kristin:
"So yes, we are forever beginning, and the best we can do is be very grateful that each new beginning is one more chance to grow. "
Margaret Byrne, CSJP