Obituary of Christine Centineo

November 9, 2023

Christine Prudence Centineo, also known as Chris and Chrissy, age 67, passed away on November 9, 2023, in New York, New York. She was surrounded by loving family and friends at the time of her passing.

Christine was born on March 19, 1956, in Brooklyn, New York, to her parents Joseph D. Centineo and Louise F. Falcone-Centineo. From her early days, she had a thirst for knowledge and for adventure. These passions took her all over the world and after receiving a bachelor’s degree from Boston College, she made homes in Israel, France, and Italy at different times in her life. During her time in Europe, she explored different career paths, working as a painter, an English teacher, and a fashion designer. No passion was stronger than her desire to help her parents, cousins and friends when they were in need of support to manage health concerns. She had a keen ability to comprehend and synthesize medical information to help others navigate the system. Her devotion to her parents was unwavering at these times even at the expense of her own personal goals.

Upon returning to New York, Chris founded her own high-end clothing line, showcasing her beautiful and unique designs. She then transitioned to production work on an NBC program, followed by studying to become a Physician's Assistant. Eventually, she found a permanent niche at a large Manhattan law firm, where she was valued as a consistent and significant contributor.
Christine was a consummate foodie and was quick with recommendations for the best restaurants wherever she lived. She was dedicated to maintaining a healthy lifestyle and followed an organic diet. She was an avid walker and enjoyed engaging in deep conversations, always inflected with her great sense of humor. She was also a dedicated movie-goer and made it a goal to watch every movie nominated for an Oscar before the award show aired.

Christine is survived by her brother, Robert Centineo, his wife Joyce, and their children P.J., Nicholas, Robbie, and his wife Eleemi. and Timothy; her brother Joe Centineo, Jr., his wife Toni, and their children Christopher Centineo, his wife Kelsey, and their son Judah, Bri Centineo and her fiancé Kevin and son Jo-Jo; her brother Gregory Centineo, his partner Julie, and his children Tay and Noah; and her sister Lori Centineo-Schwartz, her partner John, and her children Chelsea, Jared, and Ryan. Chris had a close-knit group of cherished friends who provided immense support throughout her life. Sue Goldman, Liz Heeden, Sherrill Mane, Marcy Miller & Laurie Mullen were her closest and most supportive friends most recently. In addition Chris leaves behind many wonderful cousins that include Richard & Angela Ansalone and their children Marisa & Chad Genco and their children Callie and Riley, Jaime & Greg Kurnicki and Joe & Amanda Ansalone, Michael Sansone, his partner Risa and children Kristina & Rocco Bellantuono and their children Sophia and Rocco, Lauren Sansone & Peter and Michael & Tiffany Sansone, and Keith Olson & fiance Erica and children Colton, Annabelle and Madison, Joe & Leanna Olson and Kelly Olson and partner Ralph, Vincent Rossano and partner, Lorraine and Matt Dreyer, Joseph & Jodie Centineo, Roseanne Fischer, Steven & Barbara Centineo, along with their families. Christine will be deeply missed by her family, friends, and all who had the privilege of knowing her. Her caring, supportive nature and warm personality will forever endure in our hearts.

A memorial service to celebrate Christine's life will be held on
SATURDAY, MARCH 23, 2024
12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Parc Vendome Amenities Rooms
353 West 56th Street, New York, NY

In lieu of flowers, Chris and the family request that donations be made in her name to either The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation or The Alzheimer's Association. Both of these causes were close to Chris's heart. Contributions can be made by visiting the following links:

Breast Cancer Donations: https://www.komen.org/how-to-help/donate/memorial-giving/?form=donate
Alzheimer's Donations: https://act.alz.org/site/Donation

Funeral Services

Memorial Service

March 23, 2024

12:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Parc Vendome Amenities Rooms

353 West 56th Street

New York, New York 10019

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I am devastated by the loss of Chris. I last saw her in 2016 when she went out of her way to meet me and others at a little reunion while I was in New York. She only was able to stay 1/2 hour and I cherish that moment every day. Chris was very special to me at a dire time in my life. I almost died of appendicitis in 1972. When I finally was able to come home from the hospital I was restricted for 2 weeks. Chris came over and made me a lasagna from scratch.I've never seen that done and watching her grind the tomatoes with her fist was a treat. She didn't remember it but I NEVER forgot it. That's who Chris was. I tear up every day I think of her. I know she is now free from pain but she is so missed!!


Posted by: Mitch Braunfeld - Dallas, Texas - Friend January 7, 2024

Chris was a dear friend: kind, compassionate, sensitive, creative. She got to the truth of things, and had a great sense of humor. Chris loved her life fully, and was truly beautiful. She will always be in my heart.


Posted by: Marilyn Kamile - New York, NY - Friend January 8, 2024